Since we embarked in Rome, we didn’t get one full day at sea before our first port. We woke up the very next day to our first port, which was Livorno, Italy. Our group split into 2, since my sis and I really wanted to visit Cinque Terre, but knew our parents wouldn’t be able to handle the steep hills and stairs well. Instead, I booked a full day tour for my parents, my uncle, and aunt to see the Tower of Pisa, and to experience Florence.
Mimi, Bridgette, and I booked a full day excursion to Cinque Terre, but because it was a bit far out from the port, we only had time for 2 out of the 5 villages. Our first stop was the village of Riomaggiore, and the minute we stepped off the bus, we were overjoyed to see the beautiful, colorful houses around us.
As we walked closer to the water, the view only got more spectacular. It seemed like everywhere we turned, there was a scenic opportunity for photos! The blue from the sea against all the pastel colors of the buildings was just incredible!!!
Riomaggiore is where pesto and focaccia bread is from, so we ofcourse had to try some while we were there. 🙂 We also stumbled upon the BEST fried calamari we’ve ever had!
We had less than 2 hours in Riomaggiore before we had to get back on the bus, so it definitely felt rushed. Our next stop was the village of Vernazza, and it was just as beautiful as Riomaggiore, but much more crowded. We managed to find a restaurant right by the water for a delicious Italian lunch, and afterwards, had some time to stroll around the shops (notice we all got new outfits, which is why we are wearing something totally different than Riomaggiore pics, haha) and visit the chapel while we were there.
Lots of people were swimming and even jumping off cliffs, but we didn’t have our swimsuits with us, so we just dipped our feet into the crystal clear water.
Time was too short once again, but before we got back on the bus, we did manage to indulge in some gelato. Next time, we agreed we want to go back to Cinque Terre to visit all 5 villages and spend at least a week there!