Cinque Terre, Italy – Statue of St. Francis atop Monterosso
This week’s photo was taken near a little city called La Spezia, part of Liguria’s Italian Riviera. It’s considered to be one of the world’s most heavenly coasts.
You can see just a little bit of Cinque Terre’s five mountains in the distance (the name Cinque Terre literally means five lands), but it is the kind of place whose magic and calm beg to be experienced first hand.
Hikers love the coast for its challenging climbs, and you can take a trail that will lead you from Monterosso al Mare (the western-most mountain) to Riomaggiore (the eastern-most mountain) in a few hours. Trust me, as someone who only realized they were scared of heights as they stood shoulder to shoulder with the statue of St. Francis, it’s sure to take your breath away.
As with any Italian city, gelato and steaming hot plates of pasta mean la dolce vita is in the air. The locals speak in flurries of passionate Italian, there’s always an adorable nonna/nonno willing to share their story over a glass of wine, and being tanned and sculpted seems to be a totally normal thing.
In other words, while in Cinque Terre, you might eat too much, be surrounded by too much eye candy, and spend a little too much time floating around in the perfectly cool, blue water.
It’s horrible, really. Just intolerable. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
By Sophia Loffreda