Cinque Terre day two

Living on the edgeMonterosso from the waterVernazza from the waterLiving on the edgeCornigliaVernazza
Manarola from the waterThe train that takes you between the villagesRiomaggioreRiomaggiore from the waterPorto VenerePorto Venere
Porto VenerePorto VenerePorto VenerePorto VenerePorto VenerePorto Venere
Mother nature????Porto VenereWe climbed DOWN these really step stairsWe bought some Pizza hereLover chair from the seaVernazza

Cinque Terre day two, a set on Flickr.

Today dawned a little over cast which was some what of a relief for our burned skin and we would be on the ferry going between the five villages of the Cinque Terre. Having visited some of them by train yesterday this was another way to see these beautiful villages. Each one is different in it’s own way and you feel like you have gone back in time when you wonder around the quaint skinny streets that are alive with tourists as the locals carry on with their daily life.
We decided to head to the last stop the ferry makes which is the furthest away port called Porto Venere. This is actually not part of the Cinque Terre but well worth a visit, it was not as old wordily as the others but fascinating all the same. As part of our ferry ticket we went on a guided boat tour of 45mins around the islands of this port. It would have been great had the comentary not all been in Italian but we did manage to make out some of it.
We then slowly made our way back towards our starting point of Levanto our home port. When you look from the sea back to these villages you have to wonder why they built these towns in such hard places to get to, we guess it must have been for the fine grapes that grow on these hills that the area is famous for. On the way we visited Vernazza, which we think had the best sandy beach. We bought some pizza at ‘Fatti and Pizza'(see pic) and also another Gelato each(Sheree got 3 flavors on hers one of which was ‘Cinque Terre’ which was reeeeeeally nice). Corniglia the ferry can not dock into so we just sailed past this one. As it was high up in the hills it may not have had much more to offer than the others anyway. Then we went back to Monterosso and watched some of the local fisherman on the wharf catch a squid before getting the ferry home.
We were sad to leave these villages as they truly are just gorgeous. Also this was our last day in Italy as tomorrow we head for Antibes in the French Rivera and meet up with the boys.

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Cinque Terre day one

Local wine, Local food and such a lovely settingRiomaggiore in Cinque TerreSun setting in LevantoLate evening in LevantoLate evening in the plaza LevantoRiomaggiore in Cinque Terre
Waiting for the train from Levanto to Cinque TerreTrain Station at RiomaggioreRiomaggiore in Cinque TerreRiomaggiore in Cinque TerreThe walk way around the Cinque TerreThe ferry arriving into Riomaggiore
Riomaggiore in Cinque TerreBeached whale broThose skinny streets in Riomaggiore in Cinque TerreRiomaggiore in Cinque TerreA lot of wine bottles opened hereRiomaggiore in Cinque Terre
This is where the truck drove thruRiomaggiore in Cinque TerreYour washing on display above your shopRiomaggiore in Cinque TerreThe start of the lovers walk at Riomaggiore in Cinque TerreThe Cinque Terrence walk way

Cinque Terre day one, a set on Flickr.

16/6/2011

Today we visited Monterosso’ Manarola, and Riomaggiore in 3 of the 5 villages that make up the Cinque Terre. Literally, translated as ‘the Five earths’, the Cinque Terre is five small, old coastal villages built into the cliffs along hillsides in the province of La Sepzia in the Liguria region of Italy. They are difficult to access by car, but you can hike between each town.
The Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage Sit and is very beautiful.
We choose the walk between Riomaggiore and Manarola as this one was the shortest at only 30mins. This path is called the Via Dell’Amore (“Lovers Walk”). The other picturesque trails wind along the shore, varying in nature and difficulty from an easy stroll to a rough and physically challenging hike and take about 5 hrs to do the lot in one hit.
The marinas at most of the towns have wonderful deep swimming holes that make a welcome reprieve for those doing the full hikes. We were not doing much hiking but as it was such a hot day we jumped in anyway.
We decided to have a late lunch and no tea. We found a lovely restaurant under a cover from the sun and overlooking the ocean. We ordered a bottle of local wine from the grape vines around the hills and a seafood risotto. We did not finish here until later in the afternoon as we soaked in the warmth of the day, the views, the lovely food, and people watched. It was all just peeeerfect.
When we did move on it was by train again to the village of Monterosso. (The train winds its way through tunnels to the different villages). We had a swim here and sat in the sun for a bit, then wondered around the streets before catching the train to Levanto and our B&B.
It had been a wonderful day and one we will really remember.
Tomorrow we do the other villages by the Ferry.

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