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December 02, 2017

It was the summer of 2011 and I was on my first trip abroad to Europe. I had researched for months places I wanted to see and bucket list adventures I had to have. Seeing countless photographs of this magical setting of colorful villages stacked on top of steep cliffs next to the sea, made the Cinque Terre the picturesque adventure I was seeking.

Known for it’s hiking trail connecting the five villages, Cinque Terre, offers sweeping sea vistas along the rugged Italian coastline. You can access the five villages by train, however by foot provides the best view.



This was the first hike I had ever been on and it changed my life forever. Not a bad place to fall in love, right? I felt independent, strong and ready to conquer the world, after all I had just climbed a mountain by myself! I finally understood what the word wanderlust really meant and to this day no other feeling in the world captures me like the challenge of climbing a mountain.


I feel free by the sea

And safe in the forest

With the earth beneath my feet

Hearing nature’s chorus


I don’t race

Instead I take my time

Because there I’m not chased

I can simply climb




My life changed the day I visited the Cinque Terre and hiking has become one of my favorite things to do while traveling. If you are visiting Italy I would highly recommend adding Cinque Terre to your bucket list. I have since been two more times and even brought my mom and sister to see this beautiful Italian destination.

Part of Cinque Terre’s unique charm is that it’s off the path and tucked in the rugged Italian coastline not really accessible by cars. The local train, the Cinque Terre Express, runs along the coast connecting La Spezia to the five towns (Monterosso, Corniglia, Vernazza, Manarola, Riomaggiore). It’s a popular day trip from Pisa or Florence, but I suggest spending a few days to really experience the culture. There are limited hotel options in the villages so make sure to book in advance, especially during the summer months.



Tell me where do you feel most alive? On top of a mountain, under the sea?

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