7 days of exploring the coast and the biggest city in Italy!
Europe4 days / August 2019
Highs & Lows
Beautiful views of the Cinque Terre
Crowds in Rome
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!
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?
How was the food?
Trattoria dal Billy in Cinque Terre!
What tips would you give a friend?
Go in off season, get AC!
Light clothing, but cover up for the Vatican to be respectful.
You can reach everywhere by train, it is wonderful.
How incredible the Roman Forum was, maybe not a surprise for most!
We just used airbnb which worked out quite well.