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Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre is one of the “must-go” places in Italy. I didn’t make it there last year when I was living in Rome, so this time around, I knew I had to go.

You’ve probably pinned a picture of Manarola, the most iconic town. It’s hard not to fall in love with the pastel buildings, the turquoise blue water, and the rolling green hills.

We stayed in Corniglia, one of the five towns. It’s fairly small but I enjoyed it more so than the other towns. While there are many visitors coming in from trains and hikers passing through during the day time, at night, it is quiet and calm. Since there are no hotels, there aren’t very many tourists staying there.

And Corniglia has the BEST gelato. 2 scoops for 2 euros. We definitely went there every single day, at least once. The strawberry and Pistachio Portofino were my favorites.

While there aren’t any beaches in Corniglia, we found a staircase down to the rocks where there is a doc you can lay out or swim on.

For when you are feeling active, you can hike between the costal towns for some amazing views. Or alternatively, you can take the train which only takes a few minutes.

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