My Italian Summer: Part three – The Cinque Terre

Prior to this summer, the Cinque Terre had been on the bucket list of places I must visit in this lifetime for almost a decade. I first saw the Ligurian destination chronicled in a news package on breakfast TV while I was still a budding journalist back in Oslo. In much the same way a lot of destinations are in our minds, it wasn’t a concrete concept about the destination that took a firm hold of my heart and wouldn’t let go; rather it was that indescribable affinity with a destination that one sometimes gets and feels they won’t get peace until they come face to face with it. All I knew about this cluster of 5 villages – hence the name – was that it had some of the most picturesque hiking trails and is UNESCO World Heritage-listed.