Anne & Tom Visit Italy travel blog

Morning

Breakfast at the Grand Hotel Miramare

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Columbus

Our train at 8:30AM

On board

In the first of the Cinque Terre towns

This trail was attached to the side of the cliff.

The next town, Manarola, where we stayed for a while

A river ran through it

The old wheel used for making olive oil

We walked all around the town

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Waiting for the freey to take us to the 4th town, Vernazza

Boarding

It was a fast ride

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A snack

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Gelato!

This train takes us back to Santa Margherita

On the train

Back in Santa Margherita

There were many sports cars

A gas station

Our hotel

The pool

The family restaurant

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It was small and wonderful


After an early breakfast, we took the train down to the first (southernmost) of the five Cinque Terre towns. These towns are small, most right on the sea, and hard to reach except by foot, boat, or train. From the first town of Riomaggiore, we walked to the next town, Manarola, along the Via d'Amore, along with hundreds of other tourists. Most of the group took the train to the third town, Corniglia, since the next part of the trail was closed, but we stayed for awhile, walked around, and then took the ferry to the fourth town, Vernazza, where we met up with the rest of the group who were wiped out by that walk. The ferry ride was fun, along the coast, and the boarding and landing from this boat was very bouncy - and it was not a large boat! After a good lunch and a gelato, we and one of the others took the train back to Santa Margherita instead of doing the last, and arduous walk. That was an adventure as the train turned out not to go all the way and we were told to get off and switch trains after awhile!

Later, we found a wonderful small family-run trattoria for dinner where we were greeted by the family and neighbors - a real place for locals. That was a really fun evening, much better than a more "famous' restaurant - and we found this in TripAdvisor.com. During dinner we saw lightning and heard thunder and many patrons were arriving with umbrellas. We enjoyed walking back to the hotel in the rain.

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