Cinque Terre was a dream come true - five villages nestled into the ocean and filled with old colorful houses! We spent several days wandering through the villages and hiking above the ocean from village to village. We even found time to jump into the ocean for a wonderful cool down!
While spending time in Lake Como we decided to take a day hike to Rifugo Menaggion. From our hostel we caught a local bus and began our trek up to the refugio which overlooks both Lake Como and Lake Lugano, in Switzerland. We were blessed with clear skies and stunning views overlooking two countries!
Our final stop in Italy was Lake Como and we loved our time spent on the lake and wandering through the lakeside towns. We stayed in Menaggio at a wonderful (yet very hot!) hostel with stunning views down to the lake and surrounding mountains. We spent our time tasting Italian gelato, swimming in the lake and taking ferry rides back and forth between different lake side towns. I celebrated my 28th birthday here and as a very special treat we had lunch at Villa de Este - a stunning luxury hotel in Cernobbio.
After spending several days in Cinque Terre we boarded a train and headed slightly North to Portofino. I have always heard so much about the glamour and beauty of Portofino - I had to check it out for myself! Wow - my expectations were not let down as we strolled past stunning mega million dollar yachts and ladies dressed to the nines. After several hours experiencing Portofino we walked the coastal path back to Rapallo were we dined on take out pizza and local red wine.