Cinque Terre is one of the most romantic places in the world. The sunsets, the teal green water, the wine, the pasta, even the hikes have romance in the air. Whether you’re there for a day or a week, Cinque Terre is a lover’s dream. Here are 10 ways to enhance your romantic getaway.
1.) Cinque Terre Wines. Several of the towns have their own wines made from grapes in their area. There is also a white wine which blends grapes from all five of the areas. Hike through the vineyards in Corniglia and try the different types of wines. You’re bound to fall in love with one!
2.) Cliff Jumping. Get those hormones pumping with a kick of adrenaline. In Riomaggiore, visitors can jump off 30- to 40-foot cliffs into the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. Grab your partner’s hand and test your bravery together! Don’t worry, there are also spots where you can jump only a few feet into the sea.
3.) Indulge in a Feast! The food, especially the seafood and pasta, is delicious. This is one of the most affordable places in the world for seaside authentic Italian dining. Order the anchovies (a local specialty), fried fish, or pasta and slurp it up while dining at any of the numerous seaside restaurants!
4.) Privacy in the Sun. There’s a secret, private beach where no bathing suit is required. (That’s all I’m going to say…)
5.) Afternoon Delight. Cinque Terre is known for its olive trees and olive oils. Order a bottle of wine and enjoy an afternoon snack of bruschetta, dipping the bread in the olive oil.
6.) Work up a Sweat. Kayak from Riomaggiore south around the point. You can rent a two-person kayak for about $10 for four hours. The kayak ride can take as long as you want, but bring along a huge towel and blanket so you can dock on a secluded beach and enjoy some alone time.
7.) Lover’s Lock. Bring a lock to add to the collection on Via Dell’ Amore (Lovers’ Walk). After a slow stroll along the cliffside, you’ll be holding hands and singing love songs to each other; the graffiti and thousands of locks of love enhance the romantic feelings. Make sure to place your lock somewhere you’ll remember! (Don’t worry; if you forget a lock, they sell specifically designed Cinque Terre locks of love; for a personalized touch, add your initials.)
8.) Cultural Awakening. Have a historical, religious experience, even if you’re not religious! Cinque Terre is known for its historic architecture, and one unique feature is that all the towns have churches built in the romantic Gothic style from the 1300′s. In Riomaggiore there is a Gothic-style church atop the mountain, offering views of both the town and the sea. This can be seen in peace and quiet; when we went, no one else was around!
9.) Take a Sunset Ferry. You can hike from town to town, but another way to enjoy the Mediterranean views is by boat. Catch the ferry from Riomaggiore in the late afternoon so you can see sunset views as you head north toward Monterosso.
10.) Sweet Desserts. Before heading back to the hotel room, grab some gelato! Get several flavors, two spoons, and a spot by yourself. (You might want to sample the Cinque Terre flavored gelato before you order…it’s an acquired taste.) It will be the most relaxing and delicious gelato you’ve ever eaten, and you can talk about what to do now that the sun has gone down…