I traveled to Cinque Terre on the second weekend of the trip. Cinque Terre are the five villages located on the upper west coast of Italy. The five villages are Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. This trip was only a one-day trip; I woke up early in the morning, at five in the morning to board the train. The train went from Firenze Santa Maria Novella station to Pisa Centrale, then I had to get off to board another train to Monterosso al Mare.
In my opinion, Monterosso is the best village out of the five villages. It is the most developed and has everything touristy: beaches, hiking trails, restaurants, souvenir shops, etc. My group and I arrived at Monterosso at around 9am. We then went to eat breakfast, then almost everyone went to the beach. I did not swim because I didn’t have my swimsuit with me. After couple hours, some of us went hiking. The hiking trail was very rough since there it was uphill and there were many steps, but it was manageable, and I enjoyed it.
The two villages I spent the most time at were Monterosso and Vernazza. Vernazza was gorgeous; I like that they have a diving spot at the end of the town, where people swim. I ate one of the best calamaries there. The squids were well flavored, and not too salty. The grab to go pizza there wasn’t bad either. I didn’t spend much time at the other three villages, so I can not comment on how amazing they were. However, I still think Monterosso and Vernazza are the best villages out of the five.