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.”
Finding Ærøskøbing was like discovering a light tower in the middle of the night at sea. Amidst our constant search until we found Denmark, we felt right away that Ærøskøbing is the perfect place for us to get married. I got swooned right away upon knowing that this hidden island is dubbed as Denmark’s fairytale town.
Indeed, Ærøskøbing is one hidden beauty in the Danish Baltic Sea.
Its idyllic charm is accentuated by narrow cobblestone lanes and picturesque houses dating back from the 17th century, along with historical establishments that speak about its commercial and maritime progress in the past. Ærøskøbing seems to be a “town-in-a-bottle.” It is a quaint, peaceful place that would make you feel the time stops for you while its natural, rustic, unassuming beauty continues to flow around.