Basalt, Colorado USA
39.3582° N, 107.0186° W
Often when I’m planning trips, I refer to pinterest for picturesque sites I too would love to photograph.
One such area I found via pinterest was Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre is a coastal area of 5 towns connected by hiking trails and train. Cars are banned from the town making them hard to access, yet still super popular due the to colorful towns built onto the hillsides overlooking the gorgeous blue and turquoise water of the Ligurian Sea.
To get to Cinque we drove to La Spezia and took the train to the first town Riomaggiore. Since we only had an afternoon we walked from Riomaggiore to Manorola the next town up which I had read was the most picturesque, swam around, and then headed back to La Spezia via the train.
Our trip was short, but definitely worth it and I would love to come back to do the full hike, but I think to do that we would have to stay in either La Spezia or in Cinque Terre itself as the 2 hour drive from Noli ate up a lot of our day. That being said, our hour hike was perfect and it felt amazing to hop into the ocean to cool down after walking over the mountain to get into the town!
Doing research on Cinque Terre can be a little confusing. Many sites talk of a hiking/train pass you need to buy. We just bought 1 way tickets for 1.20€ and found that to be much cheaper. The trails that require a pass (to help with maintenance) seem to have been closed for years. The trail we took between Riomaggiore and Manarola was free.