Literally meaning "five lands" in Italian, Cinque Terre is snuggled into the northwestern coast of Italy. It is made up of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. After a rough history filled with poverty and identity crisis, Cinque Terre persistently grew and became popular after tourism revived in the 70s. It was once a land people fled - to survive. Now people visit to have their breaths taken away.
Cinque Terre is a beautiful rendezvous of sea and hills sprinkled by the colorful houses that sit delicately on the edges. The terrain reminds me of Darjeeling, a place once considered to be the queen of hills. The air in Cinque Terre is different - fresh and pure - and something about it makes you feel lucky to be alive. It is a place to visit with people you love dearly.
For me, Cinque Terre is a vibrant reminder of growth - even during turbulent times. I’ll be back, that’s for sure.