Italy travel blog

View of Riomaggiore - first village of Cinque Terre National Park

Lemon tree - the Cinque Terre region is famous for limoncino liquere.

More steps to climb!

Laundry in Riomaggiore

View of path cut into mountain leading to the next village.

Windy day on the sea.

Walking to the next village.

Bundled up against the wind.

Lovers on Via del Amore bench.

Tradition to leave a lover's lock on fence.

Another lock - the key is thrown into the sea!

Lots of lover's locks on fisherman's net.

View of next village in Cinque Terre.

In village of Manarole, boats on wheels are near owner's houses.

Boat in front of Manarole store.

Pottery store in Manarole.

Taking train to the next village of Vernazza.

Sea waves are getting bigger!

Sea is growing rougher!

Locals watching big waves.

Another lunch!

Spaghetti with fresh clams and mussels!

Denise and our guide, Nicolo.

The owner and chef came out to greet us!

More fresh fish for the second course. Unfortunately, we had filled up...

Sampling the local liquers along with a cup of cappucino.

Barbara and Carla leaving the restaurant.

Vernazza Tower.

Boats in Vernazza.

Vernazza pottery.


Today we woke up to heavy rain. After breakfast, we met our van driver and left Florence and the rain behind. As we drove north, the sky cleared up and we met the local guide for our tour of Cinque Terre on the coast. We visited four of the five hill towns including walking along the sea coast wall between two of the villages. It was quite windy, but we did not mind as it was NOT raining!

After the second village, we boarded a train for a short ride through the mountain to reach the third town. After watching the Mediterranean Sea crash over the sea wall, we enjoyed another delicious lunch - spaghetti with fresh mussels and clams! The local white wine was included and we had a sample taste of Limoncino - a lemon liquer which was exquisite!

We did a little window shopping and took more photos before taking the train back to meet our van driver. It was a 2-hour ride back to Florence and the rain. We felt so lucky that it was not raining during our tour of Cinque Terre.

Tomorrow is a free day and our last day in Florence. Unfortunately, the forecast is for more rain. We fly back to the US on Wednesday so this will be my last post until I get home.

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