When we first started planning our big 2013 vacation we knew early on that we wanted to try out a Rick Steves tour, the only question was: where? Turkey was in the running for awhile, but when we looked at the Heart of Italy tour and I discovered the Cinque Terra region, which I had never heard of, I was sold. Five extremely photogenic villages connected by a series of panoramic trails, it was made for me. As it turns out, this is a case of the reality meeting the expectations. Wow. I’ll write more, and show more, after we get home, but here are a handful to keep you until then. Ciao!

(This is being posted post-trip. It was trapped in “Draft” mode & I couldn’t figure out how to post it from the WordPress app. We’ll be posting a summary of the trip later this weekend, but I wanted to give you a glimpse of this beautiful area.)