Cinque Terre, Italy

For 3 days and 2 nights I was sent on a field program to Cinque Terre, Italy for Semester at Sea. Our hostel was in an amazing little town called Porto Venere. Chelsea and I spent the first night walking around town, hiking up to higher vantage points and watching the sun set over the sea. We woke up for sunrise the next morning and followed our noses to the pastry shop for morning breakfast and cappuccino. We then took a ferry with all the students to the 5 towns of Cinque Terre. The towns were all gorgeous with their brightly colored walls, narrow streets, and endless amounts of stairs! After photographing these amazing landscapes and eating enough gelato for the next year we headed back to Porto Venere. There, we went swimming in the ocean while watching the sunset. The next morning we set out to Palmaria island for a hike with all the students. It was nice to exert some energy after spending the last few days eating homemade pastas, fish, mussels, pastries, and gelato! The hike was about 4.5 miles, went through a military camp and ended at the top of the island with a view of Porto Venere. After the island we jumped on a bus to get back to the floating campus, MV World Odyssey!

View of Porto Venere by our hostel at dusk.

View of Porto Venere by our hostel at dusk.

Looking up at the buildings on the narrow streets of Porto Venere

Looking up at the buildings on the narrow streets of Porto Venere

Mango Gelato in Vernazza

Mango Gelato in Vernazza

Chelsea photographing the Doria castle.

Chelsea photographing the Doria castle.

Sunset off the Italian coast of Porto Venere.

Sunset off the Italian coast of Porto Venere.

Coastline of Porto Venere.

Coastline of Porto Venere.

Town of Manarola, one of the 5 towns that make up Cinque Terre. 

Town of Manarola, one of the 5 towns that make up Cinque Terre. 

Chelsea smelling the fresh lemon soap.

Chelsea smelling the fresh lemon soap.

Chelsea wandering the narrow streets of Manarola.

Chelsea wandering the narrow streets of Manarola.

Lemmings. The ferry and train were the best ways to get to the 5 towns of Cinque Terre. 

Lemmings. The ferry and train were the best ways to get to the 5 towns of Cinque Terre. 

Our guide on the hike around the island of Palmaria.

Our guide on the hike around the island of Palmaria.

An Italian captain relaxing on the military base on Palmaria Island.

An Italian captain relaxing on the military base on Palmaria Island.

Students hiking up the final ascent to the lookout on Palmaria Island.

Students hiking up the final ascent to the lookout on Palmaria Island.

The church of St. Peter seen from the top of Palmaria Island and the Italian coastline. 

The church of St. Peter seen from the top of Palmaria Island and the Italian coastline.