A few years back we went to the Cinque Terre with the Reedermans and the Enfumes - we only had one day but we all REALLY enjoyed it. Some lifelong memories were made, fish in clay pots, photo shoots on rocks, and wine on tots, to name a few. We all swore we would go back someday and Jon and I finally made good on that swear.
We rented a car with one of Jon's classmates/friends and made our way to Italy for a week. After a quick stop over in Innsbruck, Austria to run through the beautiful pastures singing "the hills are alive with the sound of music..." and putzing around town for a bit, we headed to Italy
The Cinque Terre are five coastal towns bordering the Gulf of Genoa. They are strung together with walking paths, trains, and bus lines. From North to South they are Monterrosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.
We are in a small neighboring village called Volastra. The only way to get to the official Cinque Terre from our clean and functional apartment with amazing views is to drive on the tiny, windy, Italian roads, take the not very punctual bus, or walk for about an hour down a steep hill to Manarola. But, before we get too crazy, our first stop will be dinner in the only restaurant in Volastra, a bottle of the local wine, and bed.