Peter and I are NOT romantic, cute…maybe, but you will definitely not find us making out in the corner of a restaurant, cuddling on the couch by candelight or even feeding each chocolate covered strawberries. But, if we didn’t have a shot at romance in Italy…in Cinque Terre…on what is known as the Lover’s Walk, we might be doomed.

Ever since I heard mention of Cinque Terre, a portion of the Italian coast with five quaint villages, it was at the top of my travel Bucket List. I had dreams of hiking through the towns and leaving my mark on Via Dell’ Amore (Lovers Walk), the trail between Riomaggiore and Manarola. And I wanted to do it with Peter. And I wanted him to hold my hand…the whole way. And possibly kiss at key points along the way. Now, that’s romantic.

Pete says thumbs up at the beginning of the Via dell’ Amore trail. His hands look ready for holding and lips ready for smooching. Don’t you think?

I heart this trail. The beginning of the path had a gateway with two interlocking hearts and the cheesy girl in me couldn’t resist the photo op. The trail is an easy 1 km. paved walk and only took twenty minutes. The views were stunning, but don’t look down if you are afraid of heights.

Native plants were flourishing along the way.

Lovers, who want to lock their love, write the date their love started on these locks and secure them all over the trail.

The perfect bench for a smooch.

Many travelers carry on to the more challenging hikes through all the Cinque Terre towns. Unfortunately, due to the rain, most of the trails were closed on our visit.

Oh, and for the record, there was sporadic hand holding, possibly even a peck…or two. Progress.