Ciao fellow travelers! It's time for another Italy post!
After Venice & Rome I had my eyes firmly set on Cinque Terre. You know, those beautiful pastel colored villages right by the coast, eating gelato in the sunshine and hiking through vineyards? Yes, exactly that. When I finally went (some time around Easter a couple of years ago) the weather was not quite as nice as I would have preferred... but who would have thought that the colors would look totally awesome against a rainy grey sky?! The only downside was that most of the hiking trails were closed due to minor mudslides and the only route we could walk was on our first day from Monterosso to Vernazza. To get to the other villages we just took the train which conveniently connects them. In total there are five towns that make up the famous Cinque Terre ("five earths") region. We were based in Riomaggiore and explored the area from there. So when you search Instagram for these pictures you'll see stunning pink, green and yellow painted houses against a pastel blue sky and surrounded by the deep blue sea. I, on the other hand, will show you what Cinque Terre looks like in 10% sun and 90% pouring rain! Because not everything always goes to plan on the road... but hey, isn't that why we're all traveling?! So here we go - no filters used! - with bella Italia during monsoon season! :)
PS: ...and yes, gelato still tastes totally awesome in the rain! ;)