5 Terre Gelateria • Manarola – Cinque Terre

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5 Terre Gelato - entrance.
5 Terre Gelateria – entrance.

After having lunch in Vernazza, we decided to get the train back to Manarola to take some extra photos of the area.
But I might also say we had a second goal in mind: try a gelato from 5 Terre Gelateria.

We found very good reviews online about them, and early in the day, while we were exploring this little town, this place was always super busy.

They also have a selection of brioches (which can combined with ice cream to please the most demanding sweet tooth 😜) and crepes, but we only tried their gelato at the occasion.

So, after all this walking, why not have our gelato of the day there, right?

My order

Their selection of gelato covers the most traditional flavours, so we decided to follow the idea and stick to the classics!

  • Mine: Amarena and Cremino.
  • Hubby: Dark chocolate and Tiramisu.
Amarena and Cremino.
Amarena and Cremino.
Dark Chocolate and Tiramisu.
Dark chocolate and Tiramisu.

The verdict

Everything was super creamy and delicious! Rich in flavour and great texture!

Totally worth a visit to refresh yourself after a day hiking around the Cinque Terre. 🤗

I also noticed they have another shop further down the street, just closer to the beach.
By our observations on the day this one was usually less busy, but you have two options in any case. 🙂

I couldn’t find it on Google Maps though, maybe it was a temporary store?

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/kZcmKHz2Vts


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Belforte Ristorant • Vernazza – Cinque Terre

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After spending all morning exploring the smalls towns of Riomaggiore, Manarola, and Corniglia, we decided to stop at Vernazza for lunch, before heading to our last stop, Monterosso.

Your day trip to the Cinque Terre can only get better with a fantastic lunch, right? 😀

Our choice for the day was the highly recommended (by online reviewers and friends), Belforte Ristorant.

It is located literally at the beach, on the left side when you face the water, going up a set of stairs.

You will easily identify it as it looks like to be on top of a construction that resembles a fortress (sorry forgot to take pictures).

My order

We shared all dishes listed here, except for the grilled beef that we got one each:

  • Caprese salad – Tomatoes, mixed leaves, basil, fresh mozzarella, olives, and capers.
  • Spaghetti al sugo (tomato sauce).
  • Grilled beef with rockets and tomatoes.
Caprese salad - Tomatoes, mixed leaves, basil, fresh mozzarella, olives, and capers.
Caprese salad – Tomatoes, mixed leaves, basil, fresh mozzarella, olives, and capers.
Spaghetti ao sugo.
Spaghetti al sugo.
Grilled beef with rockets and tomatoes.
Grilled beef with rockets and tomatoes.

Salad and pasta were gorgeous! Nothing to add or remove, great choice.

On the other hand, our beef was a bit disappointing, bland and tasteless, although correctly cooked.

Anyways, I understand that Hubby and I were a bit naive with our choice. Let me explain you why.

They are well-known for their servings of seafood, so asking for a beef steak sounds quite wrong, right? 😜
But at the same time if a restaurant puts it on their menu it should be prepared as good as the others dishes, in my opinion.

In a nutshell, the restaurant is good, overall; it also has amazing views.
Just play safe and go for a seafood dish instead. 🙂

The verdict

Considering that we were a bit unlucky with of our choice, the place has great options (we loved our salad and pasta), good service and amazing views.

It is also incredibly popular during lunchtime, so if you can make a reservation or get there as soon as it opens (like we did).

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/FgS3G8KFGVn

More information: www.ristorantebelforte.it


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Travel itinerary: Day trip to Cinque Terre – Italy 🇮🇹

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Everything you can do in 1 day in Cinque Terre!
Everything you can do on a day trip to Cinque Terre!

Cinque Terre is located along the Italian west coast, and it’s formed by 5 charming villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso.

These villages are very famous for their unique architecture, mesmerising views from the mediterranean sea, and a super cool hike passing through all five cities.

Totally a must go, especially for those spending a few days in Florence, and this is what we did!

We decided to spend a day exploring the region; we took a train in the morning: from Florence to La Spezia, and then another train to the first city in the Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore (check here my Google Maps).

Our idea was to do the complete hike from Riomaggiore to Monteresso, however, due to the bad weather on the previous days, 70% of the path was closed!
Bummer!

Sadly enough, you only get this kind of information when you are already there.
But that doesn’t mean we did nothing, we did a lot and I’m about to show you what!

What we did then

Riomaggiore
Our first stop, so we decided to buy the Cinque Terre Card, which gave us access to the trail and unlimited train travels between the 5 cities and La Spezia.

As the trail was closed here, after exploring a bit of the village we got the train to our next stop, Manarola.

Riomaggiore
Riomaggiore

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Trattoria Vecchio Mercato • Florence

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Trattoria Vecchio Mercato - Live music every Monday night.
Trattoria Vecchio Mercato: live music every Monday night.

We had our last meal in Italy at Trattoria Vecchio Mercato, and what a meal it was!

It had everything we wanted to finish our holidays in Italy with great food memories.

And that particular evening we’re super lucky!
Coincidently, it was on a Monday, the day they have live music in the house, played on the piano at the occasion by a very talented musician.

My order

As I said above, this was our last meal meal in Italy before travelling to Spain, so we decided to go above and beyond what we normally order: 😜

  • Hubby: Red chicory and gorgonzola risotto.
  • Mine: Spaghetti alla carbonara: spaghetti with eggs, ham, cream, cheese and black pepper.
  • To share: Bistecca alla Fiorentina for one person (~500 grams), with potatoes e tomatoes.
Italian bread and focaccia.
Entrée: Italian bread and focaccia.
Red chicory and gorgonzola risotto.
Red chicory and gorgonzola risotto.
Spaghetti alla carbonara - Spaghetti with eggs, ham, cream, cheese and black pepper.
Spaghetti alla carbonara – Spaghetti with eggs, ham, cream, cheese and black pepper.
Bistecca alla fiorentina for one person (~500gr.), with potatoes e tomatoes.
Bistecca alla Fiorentina for one person (~500 grams), with potatoes e tomatoes.

Everything was so delicious!

My carbonara was perfection in form of pasta, I can honestly I’ve never had a carbonara so good as this one before.

A small side note goes to the famous Bistecca alla Fiorentina though: given how famous this dish is, I had high expectations.
I might say that, yes, it is good, but not something exactly remarkable. It’s just a good steak, and that is it.

This place serves two sizes (500 grams and 1kg) – which they say are servings for one and two people. 🙀
We decided to get the smallest one to share and it was enough.

By the way, it wasn’t on their menu, but as we intended to share, the waiter also suggested a 750g version.
So maybe other fractions are also available.

The house also serves a good number of Italian wines, and of course, we decided to get a bottle of red wine to celebrate our amazing holiday in this fabulous country.

The verdict

Amazing place to have a nice and cozy dinner with your loved one.

The atmosphere is great, food amazing, service spot on.
It’s also super close to Mercato Centrale Florence, so in case you happen to be around the area, Trattoria Vecchio Mercato is a great choice to include in your itinerary.

Location: maps.google.com/maps/JrcgPCDyehP2

More information: www.vecchiomercato.it


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Antica Gelateria Fiorentina • Florence

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Antica Gelateria Fiorentina - entrance.
Antica Gelateria Fiorentina – entrance.

Really close to the Mercato Centrale Florence you will find this hidden gem called Antica Gelateria Fiorentina, full of amazing gelato flavours.

I simply couldn’t decide which flavours to pick and their staff was kind enough to help me out, by suggesting a few flavours and giving me a taste.

They were so attentive doing their job that every time I would ask to try some unconventional flavour of gelato they would promptly give me a heads up if there was any special ingredient in it, like alcohol, nuts, or even, rose water.

My order

This time we decided to go bold and get different some unusual flavours, especially based on how cool they sounded: 😜

  • Hubby: Enkey (dark chocolate), Matcha, and Biscotto (Italian for biscuit).
  • Mine: Fior di latte, Buon Talenti, and Persiano.
Enkey (dark chocolate), Macha, and Biscotto.
Enkey (dark chocolate), Matcha, and Biscotto.
Fior di latte, Buon Talenti, and Persiano.
Fior di latte, Buon Talenti, and Persiano.

I think we should have played the lottery that day after picking our flavours!

Everything we chose at the time was absolutely spot on!

Fior di latte is a cheese based flavour, Buon Talenti is based on a very traditional Florencian cream, and Persiano is packed with some hints of Middle Eastern flavours. Truly majestic!

Hubby’s Matcha gelato was the precise amount of flavour to be rich and distinctive, and the dark chocolate one (Enkey) was equally rich in chocolate. Of course, if you prefer a more sweet versions, Enkey might not be for you. 🙂

The verdict

Delicious gelato, with traditional and a good collection of unusual flavours.

Excellent place if you want to surprise yourself with new gelato combinations.
Staff is also great, super kind, helpful and polite.

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/sSu7h6PDCFQ2

More information: www.gelateriafiorentina.com


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