Oh Italy, how I have had a love affair with your beloved pasta, vino, outstanding fashion designers, history and your beautiful architecture. I finally had the opportunity to divulge in this beautiful country and visit its most charming cities. My first stop in Italy was Cinque Terre. This place is filled with the most intensely constructed fishing villages, that happen to provide the most dramatically stunning coastal scenery you will ever see in your life. The juxtaposition between the nature and the colorful buildings in Cinque Terre make it something really special to see. I do not think you could possibly be in a bad mood during your visit there.
The 5 villages in Cinque Terre are Monterosso, Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Corniglia and Manarola. What will you find in these villages? Just a handful of authentic restaurants that you better make reservations at, gift shops, gelato shops, oh and castles. If you trying to escape reality and find yourself, I highly suggest doing Airbnb and getting yourself an apartment amongst the steeply terraced cliffs of these villages. If you consider yourself the outdoorsy type then you will absolutely appreciate that there is a trail you can hike that will lead you through all the villages! I do suggest you have good sneakers and hiking sticks. This is not an easy hike many of us in LA are used to (i.e Runyon Canyon).
Where to eat? Truly you can eat at any of the restaurants and enjoy your meal. My personal two I ate at and enjoyed for dinner were Restorante Il Gambero Rosso and Vernazza Wine Experience. Sit outside if the weather permits at the Wine Experience. For brunch, you must go have croissants at Il Pirata delle Cinque Terre. Two brothers own that spot and they make you feel like family.
What to wear? Loose-fitting, comfortable clothes. I personally stuck to wearing sundresses and gladiator sandals the majority of the trip.