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Exploring different sides of Italy

7 days of exploring the coast and the biggest city in Italy!

by sara becker mayerAbout Me:I am a 25 year old traveler from the United States. I am heading to law school, and in the meantime trying to get as much travel in as possible. I love immersing in culture and trying new foods! read more

EuropeItaly4 days / August 2019

Highs & Lows

Beautiful views of the Cinque Terre

Crowds in Rome

Itinerary Overview

We arrived early in Rome where we spent 4 days, and it was hot hot hot! We took the train to our airbnb. Luckily that had AC, so we ended up spending a lot of time there. The jet lag meant we mostly stayed in bed, until evening when we tried a hole in the wall pizza place nearby. On day two we walked around the Roman Forum and went on a tour into the Coliseum. Day three had us seeing the popular sites of the Vatican and the Trevi Fountain, eating gelato at least twice a day! Day 4 consisted of the Pantheon and walking around Rione Vi Parione. 

After exploring the city, on day 5 we took a train ride out to the Cinque Terre. We stayed in Manarola, the second of the 5 colorful coastal towns that make up this region. We got an airbnb very close to the center of the town. The towns are quite small so you can never be too far. We walked up to the very top of the town to eat at Trattioria dal Billy and watch the sunset.

On day 6 we did the hike between Manarola and Monterosso al Mare, the last town in the group. It was very hard and hot, with beautiful views most of the way. We ended the day on the beach at Monterosso al Mare, renting beach chairs from one of the many vendors. 

Day 7 we spent in Vernazza, taking a boat tour, eating gelato, and eating more pizza and pasta! 

  • 1 Night: Rome
    Historical sites and gelato!
  • 3 Nights: Manarola
    views and swimming in the sea

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would have not gone inside the colleseum, it was too crowded to enjoy, and you can see the majesty from the outside.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    The heatwave!

  • How was the food?

    Trattoria dal Billy in Cinque Terre!

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Go in off season, get AC!

  • Packing tips?

    Light clothing, but cover up for the Vatican to be respectful.

  • Transportation Tips?

    You can reach everywhere by train, it is wonderful.

  • Any surprises?

    How incredible the Roman Forum was, maybe not a surprise for most!

  • Booking details?

    We just used airbnb which worked out quite well.