Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hip Getaways - Our Crazy Drive to Cinque Terre

Looking for one of the most crazy and breathtaking drives of your life?  Look no further than the drive from Genova to Cinque Terre, Italy.  First things first - the speed limit on the Italian 'Autostrada' is 110 km/h and is more of a loose recommendation then strict enforcement.  Cars are consistently whizzing by at 130-140 km/h with the highway being elevated high in the hills and mountains.  
You will blast through tunnels that barrel right through the middle of a mountain.  Our drive took us up and down on winding 'S' curves that had me reaching for the Gravol instead of my camera.  Lucky for me, hip + urban husband (huh?) was having the time of his life, while I turned green from car-sickness.  Here are some pictures we managed to snap while driving along the coast and into the Cinque Terre region in the Italian Riviera.

We were definitely living on the edge here  
Five (Cinque) little rustic Italian towns - Monterosso Al Mare, Vernazza, Manarola, Corniglia and Riomaggiore are nestled into the hills.  The million dollar views of the sea will leave you in complete awe.  Make sure you get a close-up view of the vineyards and tomato farms carved out along the mountainside.  A car rental from the Genova airport will run you around $30 Euros/day which is great, except gas is more like $1.30/litre overseas.  It is probably best to rent a small hatchback with great mileage.  Consider it a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, which is priceless.  We flew to Genova, Italy from London, England on British Airways for around $133/per person one way with all taxes and fees.
Our very little car, The Fiat 500
So what are some of the craziest drives you have ever done?  I would count the Road to Hana in Maui and Vancouver to Whistler and some of my favourites.
Read more about our travel adventures in Italy HERE.  We will have more entries to come!

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