Le belle Cinque Terre

…Can we go back to last month’s hiking along the beautiful coast of Italy? Cinque Terre is STUNNING.

I traveled to all five towns along the Italian Riviera -- by trains, foot and boat. We started here at Manarola.

I traveled to all five towns along the Italian Riviera — by trains, foot and boat. We started here at Manarola.

Looking out at the sea is beautiful, but don't forget to look DOWN the cliffs, too! Crazy-awesome, gigantic plants like the shit you'd see in Mario!

Looking out at the sea is beautiful, but don’t forget to look DOWN the cliffs, too! Crazy-awesome, gigantic plants like the shit you’d see in Mario!

la dolce vita

la dolce vita

Corniglia

Corniglia

Freddi, our awesome hiking guide, lead the pack! (Definitely recommend this "Cinque Terre Trek" program via WalkAboutFlorence https://www.walkaboutflorence.com/tours/cinque-terre-trek)

Freddy, our awesome hiking guide, lead the pack! (Definitely recommend this “Cinque Terre Trek” program via WalkAboutFlorence https://www.walkaboutflorence.com/tours/cinque-terre-trek)

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The cute little restaurant we ate at

The cute little restaurant we ate at

All the specialties! Ceviche, fresh anchovies, lemons, octopus salad, crab fritters, and a frutta della mare! NOM NOM NOM

All the specialties! Ceviche, fresh anchovies, lemons, octopus salad, crab fritters, and a frutta del mare! NOM NOM NOM

Corniglia

Corniglia

Onwards! We continue the trip hiking from Corniglia to the next village, Vernazza.

Onwards! We continue the trip hiking from Corniglia to the next village, Vernazza.

Vernazza

Vernazza

Mi piace Cinque Terre!

Mi piace Cinque Terre!

Down in the town...where we indulged in refreshing gelato after a long, sunny hike.

Down in the town…where we indulged in refreshing gelato after a long, sunny hike.

Relaxing down by the water...

Relaxing down by the water…

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Look up! Reminds me of the prisons of the Vale of Aryyn in Game of Thrones...

Look up! Reminds me of the prisons of the Vale of Aryyn in Game of Thrones…

Monterosso

Monterosso

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Almost to Riomaggiore

Almost to Riomaggiore

...A grand arrival at our last town!

…A grand arrival at our last town!

Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore

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Fried calamari in a cone! The Italians got it right.

Fried calamari in a cone! The Italians got it right.

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Arrivederci, Cinque Terre... one of the most beautiful places I've ever been.

Arrivederci, Cinque Terre… one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.

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A hike through the Alps

Garda Lake: The village

Before heading into the mountains for a hike in the Alps, we visited Garda Lake--a quaint, old village with a beautiful view of the Apennines.

It wasn't the ideal sunny weather we had been hoping for, but I actually think the stormy atmosphere created a breathtaking eeriness to the views.

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Garda Lake: The castle

The entrance to the village began with this awesome castle 😀

It felt a little surreal...

Garda Lake: An amazing view of the Alps

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We'd be hiking through those mountains in just the next day! 😀

The Alps: A hike through the Apennines Mountains

The rolling misty clouds that surrounded us looked absolutely incredible...

The cold and rain couldn't stop us from appreciating what an awesome experience this was 🙂

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The Alps: The waterfall

Woohooooo!

The Alps: The church I was obsessed with

I was absolutely obsessed with this church from the 1000s that sat atop a hill... (Scarlet Monastery, any World of Warcraft fans?)

We walked up to get a closer look...And it only got creepier and creepier.

A cemetery wrapped around the outside of the church

The stone walls of the interior were covered in frescoes and Latin phrases

This is possibly the scariest photograph I've ever taken in my life.