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Travel Guide: Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre is hardly an undiscovered travel destination. But I can assure you that it deserves every bit of popular attention it gets! We spent two lovely days there this summer and I cannot praise it enough.

The Cinque Terre are five sweet little villages built into the rugged coastline in Northeastern Italy. The towns are called Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore (where we stayed). The best and nearly only way to travel from town to town is by train, or you can hire a boat. You can find some more transportation info here.

Take a look!

 

This is Manarola, the most picturesque of the villages in my opinion. It is truly breathtaking. #nofilter!

Cinque Terre is hardly an undiscovered travel destination. But I can assure you that it deserves every bit of popular attention it gets! We spent two lovely days there this summer and I cannot praise it enough. The Cinque Terre are five sweet little villages built into the rugged coastline in Northeastern Italy. The towns are called Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore (where we stayed). Take a look! #travel #italy #cinqueterre #photography

And here it is again, in different light.

Cinque Terre is hardly an undiscovered travel destination. But I can assure you that it deserves every bit of popular attention it gets! We spent two lovely days there this summer and I cannot praise it enough.  The Cinque Terre are five sweet little villages built into the rugged coastline in Northeastern Italy. The towns are called Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore (where we stayed).  Take a look!  #travel #italy #cinqueterre #photographyCinque Terre is hardly an undiscovered travel destination. But I can assure you that it deserves every bit of popular attention it gets! We spent two lovely days there this summer and I cannot praise it enough.  The Cinque Terre are five sweet little villages built into the rugged coastline in Northeastern Italy. The towns are called Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore (where we stayed).  Take a look!  #travel #italy #cinqueterre #photography

The Sentiero Azzuro is a well-known hiking path that connects the towns. Unfortunately, the portion of the trail we would have ideally hiked was closed when we visited (in August 2016). I would recommend doing some research on the available hiking options before you go, as the trails open and close due to weather conditions.

We decided to hike the Beccara trail (#351) from Riomaggiore to Manarola early one morning, before the heat and the tourists were in full force. It was an incredible experience and one of the top highlights of our trip!

Here are some of the spectacular views from our hike:

FullSizeRender 46Cinque Terre is hardly an undiscovered travel destination. But I can assure you that it deserves every bit of popular attention it gets! We spent two lovely days there this summer and I cannot praise it enough. The Cinque Terre are five sweet little villages built into the rugged coastline in Northeastern Italy. The towns are called Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore (where we stayed). Take a look! #travel #italy #cinqueterre #photographyCinque Terre is hardly an undiscovered travel destination. But I can assure you that it deserves every bit of popular attention it gets! We spent two lovely days there this summer and I cannot praise it enough.  The Cinque Terre are five sweet little villages built into the rugged coastline in Northeastern Italy. The towns are called Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore (where we stayed).  Take a look!  #travel #italy #cinqueterre #photography

Later that day we hiked from Monterosso to Vernazza. It was also lovely, but perhaps not as breathtaking as our earlier hike from Riomaggiore to Manarola. We came down into Vernazza at sunset, which rewarded us with some great views.

Cinque Terre is hardly an undiscovered travel destination. But I can assure you that it deserves every bit of popular attention it gets! We spent two lovely days there this summer and I cannot praise it enough.  The Cinque Terre are five sweet little villages built into the rugged coastline in Northeastern Italy. The towns are called Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore (where we stayed).  Take a look!  #travel #italy #cinqueterre #photography

Riomaggiore, our home base. We stayed in this AirBnB and it was EXCELLENT.

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Cinque Terre is hardly an undiscovered travel destination. But I can assure you that it deserves every bit of popular attention it gets! We spent two lovely days there this summer and I cannot praise it enough.  The Cinque Terre are five sweet little villages built into the rugged coastline in Northeastern Italy. The towns are called Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore (where we stayed).  Take a look!  #travel #italy #cinqueterre #photography

The guard rails might not have been exactly up to code…but it all added to the adventure!

Cinque Terre is hardly an undiscovered travel destination. But I can assure you that it deserves every bit of popular attention it gets! We spent two lovely days there this summer and I cannot praise it enough.  The Cinque Terre are five sweet little villages built into the rugged coastline in Northeastern Italy. The towns are called Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore (where we stayed).  Take a look!  #travel #italy #cinqueterre #photographyMonterosso is the only village with a big sandy beach like this one. The others have more rugged, rocky coastlines.Cinque Terre is hardly an undiscovered travel destination. But I can assure you that it deserves every bit of popular attention it gets! We spent two lovely days there this summer and I cannot praise it enough.  The Cinque Terre are five sweet little villages built into the rugged coastline in Northeastern Italy. The towns are called Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore (where we stayed).  Take a look!  #travel #italy #cinqueterre #photography

I don’t think I’ve ever felt so reluctant to leave a place as I did when I left Cinque Terre! It is a truly lovely travel destination. Keep in mind that crowds flood into the villages during the summer. That said, I was there in late August and while there were definitely many tourists, I didn’t find it too bothersome.

So, are you booking tickets yet?

Cinque Terre is hardly an undiscovered travel destination. But I can assure you that it deserves every bit of popular attention it gets! We spent two lovely days there this summer and I cannot praise it enough. The Cinque Terre are five sweet little villages built into the rugged coastline in Northeastern Italy. The towns are called Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore (where we stayed). Take a look! #travel #italy #cinqueterre #photography

 

Blogging Freebies Roundup!


There are so many free goodies available now to help bloggers. Here’s a big list of the best ones that I’ve found!

Many of these are from blogs that require you to sign up for their email list before you can download the freebie. If you’re hesitant to do that, remember that you can always unsubscribe! If the freebie looks good, there’s a good chance that the emails will be interesting too, and you may just discover a new go-to source of information or inspiration!

This list isn’t comprehensive. That would be nearly impossible because there is just soooo much out there now! But here are some offers that looked particularly good to me or that I use myself. 

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Blog Planning:


Free Stock Photos:

 

Resource Libraries:

There are so many resource libraries to choose from! The best part is, you don’t have to choose because they’re all free! Many, many blogs offer access to a “library” of downloadable freebies when you subscribe to the blog. Here are my picks:

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Free Classes:

 
Social Media Help: 
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  • Here’s an extensive list of Pinterest group boards that you may want to join. http://www.justasimplehome.com/blogging/ultimate-list-of-pinterest-group-boards/
  • A detailed social media calendar to help plan your social media content. http://www.marketingsolved.com/31-days-of-social-media-content/
  • A bunch of free Pin It buttons–but more importantly a tutorial on how to add them to your blog.  https://www.whitecornercreative.com/free-pinterest-pin-it-buttons-how-to-add-them/
  • I can’t promise that all of these are free, but here’s a great Pinterest board filled with loads of beautiful icons to choose from.   https://www.pinterest.com/raphaellegv/ic%C3%B4nes-rs-social-media-icons/
  • Free, downloadable social media icons, in a huge variety of colors! http://www.carrieloves.com/2012/12/free-social-media-icons-updated/
  • Watercolor social media icons…there are many available but these caught my eye.   http://curlymade.blogspot.ca/2014/11/free-watercolor-social-media-icons-blog.html
  • Gold, glittery social media icons!                                                                         http://designyourownblog.com/how-to-add-a-gold-leaf-or-glitter-texture-to-your-blog/

 

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Enjoy!

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