A group of us went to Cinque Terre over the weekend. It is a place we learned about from our Italian teacher, and I’m so glad we went! Cinque Terre is made up of 5 small villages, and we went to one of them called Manarola. I honestly think it’s the most beautiful place in the world, and everyone should go there while they are abroad- especially since it’s so close to Prato! (Also, Kevin should consider building our campus there, I would not mind waking up every morning and being blown away by beauty).
First thing when we got there was to go get food of course, and we looked for a place close to the shore, but it was really expensive. We went in a couple feet and found the most amazing place to grab lunch. Not only where the prices so much better than any other place, but they had just about EVERYTHING on their menu, and specials! We did have to wait about 20 minutes for a seat, but got a free small glass of white wine while we waited and talked to other Americans that were traveling around Italy. For 9 Euros, I had fresh lobster linguini, picked straight from the sea that was “down the hall.” Nothing can beat that!
Then we got to the even better part, swimming in crystal clear ocean blue water. It tasted a little salty of course, but nothing can beat being able to see the fish you are swimming with. You could also cliff jump if you are feeling adventurous. Spending the day in the sun was the best, I never wanted to leave.
We also got to walk around and take pictures of course, I would love to go back and visit the other 4 villages that we did not have a chance to go to, I bet they are all beautiful and unique in their own ways!
This would be the one thing you have to do while its warm out in Italy, hands down.