We left our hotel in Genoa and headed to Cinque Terre – but not before a lunch stop of in the absolutely stunning Portofino.
We met up a couple of friends and sipped on prosecco by the water in Caffè Excelsior before heading to Stella’s for lunch. We feasted on fresh seafood and drank bottle after bottle of chilled red wine, which, if you haven’t tried before, you absolutely need to add to you ‘to-drink’ list.
Monterosso Al Mare, Cinque Terre
Out of the five fishing villages that make up Cinque Terre, we decided to stay in Monterosso Al Mare, which we got to slightly late in the day thanks to our boozy day in Portofino – whoops! We only stayed here for one night, so I don’t feel like I got a real taste of what Monterosso Al Mare was all about, but I will say one thing: it was absolutely mobbed with American tourists. Genuinely, I can’t imagine going to America and seeing more Americans than I saw in Monterosso Al Mare. Now, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with Americans, of course, but it certainly didn’t feel like we were in a quaint little Italian town, it felt like we’d walked into Italy’s biggest tourist trap.
Anyway, that aside, we stayed in the cutest B&B called Antica Ancora, which really doesn’t look like much from the outside, but the rooms are adorable and perfect for a night or twos stay. The B&B also offers guests a picnic basket, which you can take to the local bakery in the morning and fill up with fresh croissants and pastries for breakfast. We took ours down to the beach, cold bottle of prosecco in tow, and enjoyed pain au chocolat before having a quick dip in the ocean.