A week in Italy, part four:: Cinque Terre and Genoa

The final part of my Italian holiday recap! If you’ve missed them, you can catch up on parts one, two and three!

vernazza, cinque terre

vernazza, cinque terre

vernazza, riomaggiore

After having another relaxing and slow start to the morning we decided to head to the fourth fishing village, Vernazza. Vernazza is smaller than Riomaggiore or Monterosso and was full of tourists. We didn’t stay too long in this town, just long enough for a wonder and some breakfast.

corniglia, cinque terre

corniglia, cinque terre

Our second stop of the day was to Corniglia, which you can’t really appreciate while you’re there, and apparently is best seen by sea. However, we decided to head up the steep side of the mountain to explore the town. Again, the town was small and very picturesque, and slightly less touristy than the others. The walk up to the town may have had something to do with that though! We had a great lunch in Corniglia in a place called Km 0. No photos I’m afraid, but definitely worth a visit!

manarola, cinque terre

manarola, cinque terre

manarola, cinque terre

Our final stop for the day was to Manarola, which is probably the place you’ll have seen the most photos of if you’ve ever googled Cinque Terre. It really is as beautiful as they say, but again, it’s super touristy at the time we went. We wondered and had an ice cream, and wondered again, before heading back to Riomaggiore for dinner for our final night.

For our final dinner we headed to Enoteca dau Cila, which was the most highly rated on TripAdviser of our three restaurants, and I have to say, probably my least favourite meal in Cinque Terre. I feel like the food and restaurant knew it was so highly rated and so didn’t have to try that hard! The food was ok, but not the best.

enoteca dau cila, riomaggiore

enoteca dau cila, riomaggiore

enoteca dau cila, riomaggiore

enoteca dau cila, riomaggiore

enoteca dau cila, riomaggiore

The final day of our holiday was spent in Genoa, where we flew home from. I’d been to Genoa once before on a school trip, and I although I remembered the port, I didn’t remember much of the rest of the city. It was really hot when we visited, and after deciding not to go to the aquarium as it was pretty pricey, we wondered round, getting hotter and hotter! Eventually we ended up back at our hotel for a cool down and where James had to write a best man speech for the wedding we were flying back in time for, and it was a cool and welcomed relief!

For dinner we headed to another TripAdviser recommendation, Osteria Carabas, which was fantastic, and a great way to end our holiday!

osteria carabas, genoa

osteria carabas, genoa

osteria carabas, genoa

osteria carabas, genoa

After dinner we headed back to our hotel and the rooftop bar for a cocktail before bed and an early start the next morning to fly home!

genoa at night