The Cinque Terre riveria is one of the most beautiful places I have been. The water is crystal clear and the views are breathtaking. We spent most of our day trip to the coast in Monterosso at the beach and evening exploring Riomaggiore.
HOW TO GET THERE:
We took the train from Florence early in the morning and changed trains in Pisa to get us to our final destination of La Spezia. This is the main train station in the Cinque Terre region. After our arrival here we took the local train to Monterosso and walked straight down to the beach. The entire journey took around three hours.
WHAT TO DO:
This is a great place for hiking but we decided to use this as a rest day right in the middle of our trip. We rented umbrellas and chairs for the day. There was also changing rooms and showers available. We were about to order lunch and drinks from the restaurant located at the entrance. The beach is quite rocky so you will need to wear shoes when walking around. The water is beautiful but gets deep quickly and the undertow is strong. I would not venture out too far unless you are a very strong swimmer. We spent most of our day relaxing and then took the local train to Riomaggiore in the early evening. We walked around the village and shops.
WHAT TO EAT:
The whole Cinque Terre area is known for seafood. A common delicacy is fried fish in a cone. I chose a variety that included calamari and chips.