While I was in Italy earlier this month, my family and I drove along the coast through the Italian mountains, stopping at a few locations along the way. The journey started at Pisa with a final stop in Genoa until we drove back to Germany. I was lucky enough to go back to Manarola in Cinque Terre which is one of my favourite places on earth and everything was gorgeous, as it always is in Italia.
Lake Como has it all: a mountain view, palm trees, tasty wine and of course, a body of water. I took a day trip here back in March. From Milan, it's only a one hour train away so, how could I not visit?
Aside from eating, drinking, and hopping between villages on a boat, there really isn't much else to do in this area which is actually refreshing. It gave me time to unwind, enjoy the sunset, and brainstorm the possibilities of how, and if, I'll ever afford a villa here.
Of my five days in Milan, I decided to set aside a day to make a day trip to Cinque Terre - a coast line area filled with five villages and breathtaking views. To make the most of our day and see as much as we could, we left at 6 in the morning for our train and returned back for our commute to Milan at night around 7 in the evening. Here's the exact route we took:
- 6:00 - Leave Milan for La Spezia via train
- 9:00-11:00 - Explore La Spezia
- 11:00 - Leave for Manarola via train
- 11:20 - 3:00 - Explore Manarola
- 3:00 - Leave for Riomaggiore via train
- 3:20-7:00 - Explore Riomaggiore + watch the sunset
- 7:00-11:00 - Commute back to Milan
We visited 2 of the 5 villages on the coast: Manarola, and Riomaggiore which I think are the most popular. La Spezia is another city with an amazing dock and mountain views. See it for yourself and scroll for more.
Finally visiting Milan was a dream come true. From going up the Duomo to bumping into carnivals in the park, it feels like I know the ins and outs of the city. Here's a visual summary of my trip.