Travel Diary: Cinque Terre, Italy Part One

For those of you who haven't heard of it, "Cinque Terre" meaning "Five Towns" sits on the Italian Riviera and is made up of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Corneglia and Monterosso. The colourful towns sit a short train or boat ride apart and each has its own quaint beauty and a different quality. These photos were all taken on our first day in Riomaggiore which is perhaps my favourite of the Cinque Terre. The houses stack up in the bay so beautifully creating a picture-perfect setting and a sight you can hardly believe is before your eyes.
Continuing on from my recent Italian adventures, after Pisa we took a short train ride up the West Coast of Italy to La Spezia. A sweet port town with plenty of shops/restaurants and excellent connections by boat or train to Cinque Terre, La Spezia would be our base for the next couple of days. The journey from Pisa to La Spezia didn't turn out to be the easiest with train strikes on this day meaning we spent a few hours waiting around and seeing train after train appearing to be cancelled. Thankfully with a bit of patience and high spirits plus plenty of excitement for our trip, we eventually made it to Cinque Terre.
For strolling around and exploring Riomaggiore, I chose to wear this beautiful crochet off the shoulder top from Peppermayo, which I picked up for a fraction of the price from eBay. This top is so lovely to wear in the sunshine (with lots of SPF of course). I paired it with one of my favourite purchases as of late, the button up denim skirt. I feel this is such a summer staple and is so easy to wear! I really love the '70s vibe the buttons and pocket detailing give to the look and can see myself wearing this skirt all summer long. Another favourite recently has to be the gold choker necklace I picked up from Primark recently. I'm obsessed with it! I wasn't even sure if I liked it at first but I think it works perfectly with an off the shoulder top and is a great cool alternative to a pendant necklace. I think I'm converted.
After wandering around the town and climbing up trails for views of the Riviera, we were spoilt for choice with bustling restaurants by the harbour and eventually chose a cute spot with sunset views for dinner. Cinque Terre doesn't let its guests down with a wonderful selection of Mediterranean seafood available fresh to order as well as rich and wholesome traditional Italian dishes (pasta or pizza anyone?!) washed down with the sweet taste of white wine.
Hands down, I can honestly say Cinque Terre is one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited! I have a second post which will be live in a few days about the rest of my trip to Cinque Terre, followed by my day in Florence, so keep your eyes peeled for those this week. Plus expect my Italian Summer Lookbook to be live over the next few days on my Youtube Channel.. head over there to subscribe now!

Monica x 

Wearing: White Crochet Off The Shoulder Top: Peppermayo via Ebay | Denim Skirt: Zara | Nude Sandals: Primark | Reflective Sunglasses: Market Stall in Italy | Gold Choker Necklace: Primark | Sheffield Lady Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington | Black Faux Leather Bag: Primark | Nails: Floss Gloss in '95% Angel'

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