Living in New York City, I have suffered lately from a nature abstinence crisis and since a vacation is not an option at the moment due to a long list of work related commitments, I turned to images of places I once visited and would love to go back to. Cinque Terre, the Ligurian Riviera in Italy, has been on my “dream list” while I was a teenager and in 2007, when I finally visited the area, my heart doubled in size trying to capture as much as possible of the five villages.
If you are looking for a destination that is far from the crowds of modern-day tourism (for now, at least), where replenishing your oxygen supply involves walking among lost in time gardens and pastel houses perched on steep cliffs at the edge of beautiful sea water, then head to Cinque Terre.
Stay: Hotel Al Terra di Mare - Levanto
Eat : Miky Ristorante – Monterosso al Mare
See (top 3): Sentierro Azzurro (Blue Trail), Monarola ,Vernazza
*Unfortunately, two of the villages, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare, have been badly damaged by rain-triggered landslides in October 2011.
Until next time,