Today was Cinque Terre. We didn’t go to all 5 towns, thank goodness. There is a lot of walking down, down, down, then up, up, up. The 5 towns are Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare. We started by taking the train from Levanto where our hotel was to Riomaggiore. For this first place we arrived near the city center and didn’t have to walk down (just up and up later). These towns are each set in their own little valley with their own little river that runs to the sea. For hundreds of years they were cut off from most everything because of their isolation. They how have train access and, when the weather is good, boat connections. Our weather was great – for people out for a walk, not for boats. It was much too rough. We took minibuses between the places we saw.
After walking up out of the valley we were taken to Vernazza. This time we walked down into the town and back up to get out. It was spectacular to see the sea through the narrow lanes between colorful houses. All of the towns had beaches, most were pebble but Monterosso’s was sand. The beaches got Evan’s vote for best thing of the day.
Our last stop was in Monterosso. Monterosso is the northernmost and largest of the 5 towns, but don’t let that fool you. There are approximately 1500 people in the town.
While it was not hot, all the kids wanted to get into the pool. We came back and gave them some time to swim.
Our final dinner in Levanto will be at a local family-owned seafood restaurant here.