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.