These Italy posts are taking me longer than I thought they would!
I thought I could cover Cinque Terre in one post but I have way too many photos. I'm going to break them down by town. You can start here
if you need to catch up.
We woke up bright and early in Portovenere to this view.
Where the hotel serves breakfast!
A sample of the lovely buffet they put out each morning.
It was hard to drag ourselves away but we had lots to see that day!
There are boats that run from Portovenere to Cinque Terre and they launched right outside our hotel but the winds were too high for the boat that day. Our hotel provided a shuttle for us to the La Spezia train station and from there we could tour Cinque Terre all day with one train pass.
One thing we learned about the Italian train service is that you need to validate your ticket before getting on the train. We had no issues with this though and it was easy. The ticket agent also told us to write our names on the tickets but I think they were only checked once and not for our names.
You can definitely see all of the towns in one day and you can also hike between the towns, though some of the walking paths are closed now. On this particular day there were a few of the trails down but we were planning on taking the train anyway. If we go back and had more time. I would love to try some of the hiking trails. Our train passes gave us access to the walking trails as well.
We decided to head to the farthest town and make our way back. Our first stop was Monterosso Al Mare.
We were immediately enchanted with this seaside beauty.
This is the place to go if you want to hit the beach in Cinque Terre. They have the most beach access and you can rent chairs and umbrellas for the day. We started our morning with a cappuccino.
Sounds pretty good to me!
The town of Monterosso was quaint and beautiful as well.
The water looked amazing.
It was a little early for beaching it but I can see the appeal.
We walked along the shore line but didn't venture too far into town.
We had more to see of Cinque Terre!
Back on the train for a very short ride to Vernazza.
to be continued...
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