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Day Trips in Cinque Terre; Manarola: Italy

Welcome to Kaptain Kenny’s coverage of Italy and its stunning region: Cinque Terre.

This was a trip we took last May, just before summer began to creep in.

The weather was still moody and unpredictable with a crisp breeze.

If you go in May, it may be warm enough but still bring a jacket.

My impressions of Cinque Terre:

  • Even in May, Riomaggiore, Corniglia and Manarola were ridiculously packed with tourists. I would hate to see it in July-August-September! May was definitely a good time to go.
  • We didn’t take any public transport, rather we drove our car over a week all the way from Genoa, to Portofino, to Rapallo, to Cinque Terre and then down to the Amalfi Coast. Hold on to your hats if you are a nervous driver. Those roads in Cinque Terre are enough to make your hair stand on end. We survived, thanks to the good German driving skills of my partner however it’s not for the faint hearted.
  • Cinque Terre is mesmerising. It’s mountainous, colourful, intriguing and most of all, the locals are happy and very welcoming.

Enjoy the following photos from Manarola and stay tuned for for photos of Italy’s Portofino and the Amalfi Coast.


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Loud and colourful – like the Italians.


A gorgeous shot of Manarola.


Another town impossibly built atop rocky cliff tops.


Overlooking the ocean.


Daily life.


Captured on lens.

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  • Reply
    February 1, 2016 at 5:01 am

    Wonderful photos!

  • Reply
    February 2, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Lovely photos, I was there in the summer, isn’t it absolutely heavenly?

    • Reply
      February 2, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      Thank you for your support 🙂 I was honestly very impressed with the area and could imagine going for a week of total relaxation. Which part was your favourite?

      • Bipasha
        February 2, 2016 at 5:50 pm

        Evening by the water, eating their yummy pesto pasta & sipping wine…best feeling ever!

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