Hiking the Italian Riviera: Love Locks & Sea Side Restaurants

The Cinque Terre of the Italian Riviera region is known for many things. From glorious seafood dishes and pesto, to romantic scenery, visiting this area of Italy is a must. A beautiful 11-kilometer path connects the five towns of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Three other students and I hiked from Vernazza to Monterosso during our brief stay in Cinque Terre. On this path we saw many things -vineyards, olive orchards and lemon trees, even a feral cat park. One thing that we noticed along the trail were many “love locks” as well. Love locks are pad locks that couples write their names on and lock in places to represent their love being “locked” in.

A beautiful area like Cinque Terre makes it a popular destination for honeymooners and vacationing couples alike. It is not limited to this as a reason to visit however. Cinque Terre has amazing white-sanded beaches and equally impressive restaurants and shops. Between the incredible views and magnificent cuisine, Cinque Terre offers an unforgettable experience to international travelers!

Love Locks between Monterosso and Vernazza, Italy. The background town is Vernazza. Photograph by Ryan Shields

Love Locks between Monterosso and Vernazza, Italy. The background town is Vernazza.
Photograph by Ryan Shields

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