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Cinque Terre | What to See

April 7, 2017
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14 Comments

  • Reply Ewa Macherowska April 7, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Dreamy <3

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    • Reply Alexandra Grant April 12, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks so much lovely lady! xo

  • Reply April April 7, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Are tieks worth the splurge?? I noticed you had them on in quite a few of your pics! Going here in October and can’t wait!!

    • Reply Alexandra Grant April 12, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      I would say absolutely yes – they’re seriously comfy, so easy to pack, really versatile and easy to walk around in all day. Best of all, they will never fall apart on you! Do it lady! xo

  • Reply Kristen Robin April 7, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Such gorgeous photos! Looks like such a good time <3

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    • Reply Alexandra Grant April 12, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      Ah the best! Thanks so much Kristen 🙂

  • Reply Jessica April 9, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Beautiful! I’m just starting to plan our honeymoon to Europe and we definitely want to check out some not so touristy locations. Will definitely keep this in mind!

    • Reply Alexandra Grant April 12, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      Amazing!! You’re going to love it – stay tuned for more posts soon 😉

  • Reply Miranda April 18, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Great posts! I’m planning our holiday this summer and am wondering if you are going to do a ‘what I packed to italy and what I WISH I had packed’ post? also how did you carry it all while taking train etc (rolling luggage vs carry ons?).
    I LOVED your Italy Airbnb posts too! Keep them coming!

    • Reply Alexandra Grant May 1, 2017 at 8:39 am

      Hi lady! Ah thanks so much you’re so sweet! I did do an Italy packing list right here – I’m a strict carry-on only traveller, always find a way to wash as I go! To be totally honest, the post I had and the packing list there actually really did the trick for me – I don’t know that I would’ve packed anything else except for maybe a better waterproof option that’s still cute. And speaking of which, since I’ve been home I discovered these cute sneakers which are really basic, super chic and waterproof too! Will be packing them with me next time because there are areas that get a bit more wet! Let me know if you have any other Q’s at all lady! Still have my Florence, Verona and Venice guides coming your way too 🙂

  • Reply Jen April 28, 2017 at 4:43 am

    Beautiful photos! how long would you recommend staying in Cinque Terre for a truly leisurely experience?

    • Reply Alexandra Grant May 1, 2017 at 8:33 am

      Hi lady! Hmmm well we were there three nights and I could’ve definitely stayed longer – if you have the time to play with and are using CT as a way of unwinding, I’d almost say between 5-7 nights would be ideal! Go swimming in the ocean, go for hikes, do day trips to Portofino, etc! I personally could never get sick of it there!

  • Reply Candice May 8, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Gorgeous pictures!! I’m planning to do the hike in August 🙂 Great post!

  • Reply Danika May 11, 2017 at 1:51 am

    Love your post and PHOTOS. We are heading there in mid October – was it a bit chilly? I’d love your recommendations on what clothes to take. Thank you so much 🙂

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