My favourite coastal town in Italy

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre, built on a rugged and steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea in north-west Italy, is actually my favourite place in the world. A bold statement I know, but one which I stand by. Choosing my favourite of the “five villages” is a difficult task, but I have decided on one – Manorola. For now I am lost for words as to where to begin describing this place, so instead will just post these pics.

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My favourite Italian B&B

Villa Monica, Sorrento, Italy

We stayed for 3 nights at Villa Monica last September, and have since been discussing how and when we can get back there. Staring down from the hills of Sorrento onto the Amalfi Coast and ominous Mount Vesuvius directly opposite, this small B&B not only has beyond description vistas for a small price tag, but the owner Pasquale is what makes this place really memorable. He will drive you in and out of town when you need (while telling a good old joke or two), he will recommend great restaurants nearby, and he will even make you a great cappucino in the morning. But don’t just believe me, believe everyone else. And be sure to book ahead.