Nestled on the rugged hill coast of the Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre “The Five Lands” is a grouping of five lovely villages. Cars cannot access the cities from outside, preserving their charm and tranquility. I fell in love with this particular village of Vernazza during my first visit to Italy more than 10 years ago. I was studying abroad, and it was a field trip on a brooding stormy day. The mood was dramatic and spectacular with audible sounds of the crashing waves. But the vibrant colors didn’t fail to cheer me up. I actually had one of the best gelati I can remember- fresh grape with tiny bits of grape seeds.
Of course I had to go back to Cinque Terre when I returned to Italy. We stayed in Vernazza, and trotted along the hiking trails. Sweetest memories are from Via Dell’Amore “Love Walk”.