The highlight for the weekend was the Cinque Terre and we based in La Spezia at a very nice hotel called the Hotel Firenze e Continentale and it is a stone’s throw from the train station, so getting the to Cinque Terre is a breeze. As we had arrived later Saturday, it was our intention to cover two of the five, the first day and the other three the second day as we had a late train back and plenty of time to explore, so after some discussion, we opted to go to Manarola first, and it was a wonderful experience. We were also going to go to Riomaggiore, but that did not happen, but that is alright as we were, for dinner at Billy’s Trattoria, overlooking the Liguirian Sea, an amazing sunset, so in the end, we only did one. As you know, the towns are very close together and if you have time, hiking them is best, but the trains operate between them, as this is how we explored each.
Yesterday, we accomplished the other four towns. First, we went to Riomaggiore, a quick 7-minute train ride from La Spezia and were greeted with a very nice experience and spent a nice hour or so there. Each of these towns are certainly unique and have a common heritage. From Riomaggiore, we headed to Monterosso, I believe the largest of the 5 towns. It is the most developed for tourism and it was also crazy busy on the beach. I did not feel the same quaint vibe as I felt in either of the previous two, but glad we made it there. Next, we headed to Vernazza, which is a quick train trip, and still being high season, the trains were packed, so we waited on one to go and took the next one. Vernazza and its church that was built into the rock itself, we think, but from the rock in the area. The sea view was wonderful and stop for some pulpo (octopus) and a glass of wine made for a nice stay in Vernazza. The last one we went to, Corniglia, offers a shuttle from the train station, as it is the only one up on the hill overlooking the sea. You can also walk it and it is 385 steps, I was told. I did not count, but it was a good hike up and at the end, and gelato to enjoy after the hike up and a stroll through the narrow streets of this town and an amazing view of the sea at the end and then we took the shuttle back down to the train station back to La Spezia, where we chilled with a cocktail at the Terminal Café at the hotel, before taking the late train back to Rome.
It was an amazing weekend and looking forward to new adventures in the next couple of weeks. As always, I am interested in your thoughts, comments, questions and adding to the discourse is always appreciated be in on the site itself or on Facebook, Twitter or wherever you read this. Thank you for your support of my crazy little world and of my small business. It is truly appreciated!!!
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