I got thrilled right away to see Pisa on the itinerary for our honeymoon journey in Italy. Then my excitement waned when I began to realize one thing.
“Oh no… Am I supposed to ‘lean’ on it, like everybody does?”
‘Lean’ on the Tower of Pisa.
When we speak about Italy, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is amongst the firsts that pop in our heads. Pizza is another, but just because this Italian delicacy and the old city sound alike, I was tickled to death when I heard somebody claiming that pizza originated from Pisa. Mamma mia!
Visiting these five crazily stacked, colorful fishing villages of Cinque Terre perched on the Ligurian coast seems to be entering in a world drawn only for a storybook. Grape terraces, lemon trees, the ocean and steep cliffs will corner you; yet still, it’s a great place to get stuck after all.
A UNESCO world heritage site since 1997, Cinque Terre consists of five villages dating from the early medieval period: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.
Cinque Terre’s unique feature is attributed to the carefully built houses and terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean sea. The “five lands” form part of Italy’s most rugged coastline, isolated and inaccessible for centuries until a railway was completed in 1874.
The Nordic wind seemed to tell us that summer would be gone soon in a couple of weeks in Denmark. By September, the good chance we could still catch the summer breeze is when we go further south. So, a day after we tied the knot in Aeroskobing, we headed back to Copenhagen and took a flight back to Switzerland.
The next morning, we found ourselves heading towards the Mont Blanc Tunnel. Then it’s official – we’re definitely heading to Italy!
I’ve always liked Italy.
After visiting Florence once and Rome twice, I couldn’t get my mind off from wishing to explore this beautiful country more. By the time we were already looking for our honeymoon destination, I said it right away, “I want to go (back) to Italy.”
After getting married in a fairytale-like Nordic island called Aeroskobing, we flew back to Switzerland, packed our luggages again and went on to our honeymoon the next day. Yet the honeymoon seemed to continue after Italy. We also went to visit Porto in Portugal for a long weekend, and the Philippines for 3 weeks.
Otherwise known as the “Five Lands,” Cinque Terre features five beautiful fishing villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. We stayed in Levanto, a village that lies at the northern end of these little villages of Cinque Terre. After many months of being in the cold, we had our first good dose of Italian sun at its beach.
I have been to Rome twice, to Florence once, and yet, I still yearn to go back. The perfect timing came when I got married and was looking for a honeymoon destination. My husband has never been to any of those Italian cities I just mentioned. So the day after exchanging marital vows on a fairytale-like Nordic island, we flew back home to Switzerland, packed our stuff, and took an unforgettable road trip to Italy.