After a few months in landlocked Hungary, I was craving a bit of time at the sea, a new culture and some delicious cuisine. Two friends and I decided that Italy seemed like the perfect place to spend our spring break, so we booked some cheap flights and set off.
For the first five days, we stayed at a cozy bed and breakfast in Meta, a quaint town right outside of Sorrento, in the south of Italy. From there, we traveled by train to Cinque Terre, a string of five villages along the coastline.
While Meta may have been a small town, it offered some of the best cuisine I’ve ever tasted. This seafood platter from Tico Tico was devoured by my friends and me in about 30 seconds.
Lemon trees are abundant in Southern Italy, and the lemons are the perfect combination of sweet and sour. The lemon sorbetto was very refreshing and served so adorably!
While staying in Meta, we took quite a few day trips to other parts of Southern Italy. One of our first trips was to Pompeii, where it was really incredible to see the preserved ruins.
I found it especially beautiful to see flowers growing from the top of the ruins, it seemed to represent that life is still possible after destruction.
What’s a trip to Italy without pizza?
Another day was spent on the Amalfi coast, where we had a picnic on a secluded cliff.
After a nice picnic lunch in Amalfi, a bit of seafood on the beach seemed like the perfect option.
It felt like everywhere I turned, there was something beautiful to look at. In that regard Capri was no different from the other stunning locations in Italy.
On our last night in Meta, the owner of our bed & breakfast was kind enough to make pizza for us in his wood oven. It was, without a doubt, my favorite meal on this trip.
In Cinque Terre, we decided to do the famous hike between Monterosso and Vernazza, starting here in Monterosso.
Along the hike, there was a woman selling freshly squeezed lemonade, but for €2 I decided to stick with my water.
The path itself is very peaceful and makes the journey between villages very pleasant.
Vernazza comes into view from time to time, reminding hikers that their destination is not far away.
And we made it! Vernazza was a very cute village to spend the day in after a nice hike.