Cinque Terre and the law of attraction: The best of Italy
The Cinque Terre which translates into English as five lands get its name from the five picturesque villages that run along the precipitous Italian Riviera coastline. Located just south of Genoa in north-west Italy, the aged seaside villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Rio Maggiore each offering tourists an incredible view of colourful houses, clustered upon a steep cliffside.
The sleepy fishing villages are famous for their harbours that are filled with fishing boats and trattorias where you can feast on the freshly caught seafood and the region's famous Ligurian pesto. The Sentiero Azzurro hiking trail that runs along the cliffside, links the villages and provides spectacular panoramic views.
An alternative way to get around is to use the Cinque Terre Express trains that run regularly throughout the day from La Spezia to Levanto, stopping at each coastal village.
For up to date information on train times and tickets, you can check out thetrainline.com
The law of attraction and Italy
The Law of Attraction states that through your thoughts and beliefs, you can attract, like a magnet, things that you want.
Energy flows, where focus goes.
Throughout the history of existence, thoughts have led the way. We are wired to focus and to think, sometimes our thoughts are deliberate, some are not. In this instance, my thoughts were very deliberate, I just wasn’t quite aware of it yet.
At my mum’s house, she has a big canvas picture hanging in one of the bedrooms. She brought it from a shop because she liked it, but was not sure where in the world it was. We all thought it was in Italy somewhere because it had that Italian vibe about it, but I loved it and every time I saw it, I would announce that one day, I would find out where it was and go there! I gave it no more thought until I did go there… accidentally.
Fast forward a couple of years, I was sat at work feeling stressed and deflated and in need of a break. So I jumped onto Skyscanner and started looking for cheap flights. I saw a £53 return flight from London Gatwick to Genoa, Italy in May and thought, that’ll do!
After I booked it, I realised I should probably do a bit of research, so I pulled it up on Google Maps and saw close by there was a place called Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre. I then hopped onto Booking.com and searched for a hostel in Cinque Terre and it brought up one called Ostello 5 Terre. Perfect, I was now set to go! Now, I am a ‘rock up and see what happens’ kind of traveller. I will do the bare minimum research and just figure it all out as I go. That is how I like to travel, but everyone is different, so you have to rock with what works for you.
It turns out Ostello 5 Terre, although I had typed in Cinque Terre (thinking Cinque Terre was the name of a place, rather than a region), it was actually in Manarola. I arrived by train and did the long and steep climb up to the top of the cliff, where my hostel was located and after checking in and having some food, it was getting late so I just went for a wander around the village. It wasn’t until the next day when I drifted further from the village that I realised where I was. The trail led me out of the village and when I turned around to look back, I saw the picture in my mum’s room, the one I had said I wanted to be in! I could not believe what I was seeing! This was a spontaneous trip that had very little research of planning involved and whether you believe it to be a coincidence or manifestation, the fact remains, I had ended up being exactly where I wanted to be without even thinking much about it!
On the same trip, I experienced a similar situation. I had seen on Facebook a picture of bright coloured umbrellas covering the street like a roof and shared it with a caption saying, I am going to go here one day! On my way back to Genoa from Cinque Terre, it had started to rain and I was completely lost trying to find my hostel. I had already gotten on the wrong train and ended up detouring (which I do not regret as Nervi was beautiful!), but I was tired and getting really frustrated. The rain suddenly stopped and the sun came out and as it did, I turned the corner to see the bright coloured umbrellas covering the street. Wow, it happened again! I realised something incredibly powerful during this trip. I started understanding how manifestation works and I was now aware that by having an intention, a desire to do or see something if you let go of that need for it to happen and let the universe do its thing, you will find yourself standing in the very picture you wanted to stand in!
La Spezia is a port city home to a major Italian naval base and is considered a gateway to the Cinque Terre. The waterfront is lined with trees and offers great views of the harbour where you can watch the ships and yachts come and go. La Spezia offers visits to the Naval Technical Museum and Castello San Giorgio and I personally found it a really enjoyable city to walk around. There are plenty of nice restaurants to stop for some lunch and as previously mentioned, it is easily accessible from Genoa and Cinque Terre.
Nervi is the charming coastal village that I came across after getting on the wrong train. You should never fear getting lost, because you never know what you will find! There is not a great deal of action happening in Nervi, but that is what makes it so special. Along the seafront, there is a pathway dotted with bars and ice cream shops which leads down the pebble beach, Capolungo. The Parchi di Nervi has stunning botanical gardens and long-lived villas turned museums like the Galleria d’Arte Moderna.
I love Italy, I always have a wonderful time whenever I visit and this region is a must-see destination. Try the pesto pizza in Manarola, washed down with a Negroni Sbagliato or an Aperol Spritz preferably by the harbour and remember to get lost, because you never know where it will take you!