Italy’s Most Beautiful Coastlines

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After our week under The Tuscan Clouds, we made our way down to the Campania Region. Sunny Sorrento – Where the key attraction isn’t history nor museums nor architecture but the lavish shops; the remarkable pebble beaches; the exquisite view of Mt. Vesuvius and the Limón cello that is waiting to be savored. Aside from that, Sorrento is a major transportation hub in the southern area for ferries, buses and trains which makes it an easy gateway to the places we wanted to visit: Isle of Capri, Pompeii Scavi, Positano and the Amalfi Coast which are right next door to each other. It was such a transition coming from the hushed countryside Tuscany to this resort-like town. Naturally, with all that, we stayed for 4 days in this astounding city.

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Cinque Terre Walk: The Mother of All Trails

In 2010, my family and I went to Italy for 3 weeks. One of the highlights of that trip was the Cinque Terre – 5 lands in English; it’s called so literally because of the 5 towns that compose it namely: Monterosso, Vernazza, Cornigla, Manarola and Riomaggiore. These 5 villages cling to the Italian Riviera coastline and embrace the Mediterranean Sea. The villages of the Cinque Terre in a bird’s eye view are somewhat the same in a sense that they all have pastel colored little buildings; they’re famous for their pesto; they are all built on cliffs and they have their own beach fronts (except for Corniglia). However, each town is unique in its own way; they have their own personality that differs them from one another. The primary attraction of the Cinque Terre is the trail that connects each village together that is being maintained by the UNESCO World Heritage. This is why the Cinque Terre is a famous destination for back packers and adventurous tourists, although not as popular as the big cities, but it’s slowly getting there.

#1 Riomaggiore

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#2 Manarola

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#3 Corniglia

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#4 Monterosso

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#5 Vernazza

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“Doing Europe” Part Two: Getting Around

This lady really did her research! For people who want to travel on their own, here’s a tip for you!

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When it comes to backpacking around Europe, no two countries are the same. That being said, when it comes to transportation it pays to know what you’re dealing with. Literally. Most people have no idea how much money they could be saving if they only did a little research on the transportation networks in each country they’re visiting. The difference could mean adding another city to your to-do list, which I think is reason enough to do a little digging!

For the most part, Europe is based upon three different types of public transport: planes, trains and buses. Bare with me here… there is a lot of ground to cover.

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One of the best things about European travel is the insanely cheap, low-fare airlines. This means getting somewhere a lot quicker than on the ground and it is often necessary when heading places divided by bodies of water.

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Visiting the Queen: England

Now, let me introduce you to little miss 16-year-old me… yes the awkward, shy girl with the braces, with no sense of fashion, who is always beside her mommy and who I would kick the ass off for being so unadventurous! But my 26-year-old self thanks the 16 year old me for having such great patience for writing in detail her thoughts and experiences in her travel journal, which makes it so easy for me to remember…

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Stunning Santorini

Where can I even begin to describe this stunning creation of God? From afarone would think it’s magical- how can the mountaintops retain snow in a very, very hot weather? Then you take a second look and realize, it’s not snow, but the structures and it will leave you just breathless. Famous for their dramatic views, impressive sunsets and fantastic beaches, Santorini will leave you nothing but wanting more.

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