A Photographic Journey Through Cinque Terre


During my summer abroad in Florence, I traveled all throughout Italy, Greece, Croatia, and the Netherlands. My favorite city I went to, however, was Cinque Terre! I had never even heard of it before I got to Italy, and I think that’s part of why I loved it so much because I didn’t know what to expect.

boats on beach in cinque terre

ISA took us for a day trip, and I was actually super bummed because it was 100% chance of rain on the day we were supposed to go. It’s funny how things always work out because this ended up being in my favor. When we got there in the morning it was only a light rain and the place was empty! I got my poncho out and went exploring with my camera. The water was so blue and the place was so quiet and it felt like a little slice of heaven to ourselves for a few hours. In the afternoon the rain let up so we hit the beach, making the day truly perfect.

rocky beach in cinque terre italy
We had so much fun climbing these rocks and getting soaked by the waves.
train ride to cinque terre
Part of the experience is the amazing views on the ride in.
train through europe
You get to drive through some beautiful mountains on the way there.

Cinque Terre means “five towns”, but unfortunately because of the rain we only made it to Monterosso. It was so beautiful, though, and I know I’ll be back to see the other four towns! If you get the chance to go, I’d highly recommend a boat ride and hiking the trails between towns. Also, Cinque Terre is where pesto originated, so this place truly is heaven. You need to go see it for yourself!

umbrellas on beach in cinque terre
The water was so blue! With the orange umbrellas and the colorful houses on the mountainside, the colors are so pretty.
red umbrellas on beach in cinque terre
The rain ended up being a blessing because it was so cool to see the beach completely empty.

Sloane Swift is a student at Samford University and an ISA Featured Photo Blogger. She studied abroad with ISA in Florence, Italy

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