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Oct 12, 2014 - RioMaggiore

Sunday was bright and sunny and we set off by train to Riomaggiore, the southernmost of the 5 towns. We had planned on doing some hiking between the towns but because of the storm all the trails were closed. We did however hike up to the top of the town for the views which was pretty good exercise. The views from the top were spectacular. Coming down we picked up a sandwich and drink and sat out in the sun. We took a boat ride back to Monterosso which was really nice getting to see the towns from the sea. We are supposed to get another...

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Oct 11, 2014 - Varenna to Monterosso

We left Varenna in a major downpour luckily we didn't have to cross the tracks to get the train. The train was late arriving and luckily our connection in Milan was late or we would have missed it. We arrived in Monterosso and made the shortish walk into town through a tunnel. We found our new room as described right by the church. After lugging our suitcases up some of the steepest stairs we have seen we settled into our new room. Soon after a the thunder and lightening storm hit and along with it came the rain.We don't even see rain like...

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Sep 25, 2014 - Monterosso (Cinque Terra), Italy

We left beautiful Varenna this morning for an even more beautiful Monterosso. The wifi is terrible but the views make up for it. I cannot upload photos because they crash, even one at a time. When I get to a decent wifi place, I will send. This morning, we were at a four-star hotel in Varenna and ended today in a more rustic hotel, which is a three-star, but I am not sure how! It's fine - but I guess I would have to say its more shabby-chic than anything! The shower is very small and if you move too much, your arm is bound to hit the water...

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Down the Road

Sep 10, 2013 - The Last Post

The last leg of our trip was to Italy with a dose of voyeurism in Como as well as some activity in the Cinque Terre on the coast south of Genoa. Como was all that we might have expected and more than we than we had time to appreciate in the day or so that we had allowed. We would have liked to have stayed in either George Clooney’s or Richard Branson’s villas or even better the fabulous Villa Balbianello, all on the lakefront. Instead we stayed in a B&B in the old town which was a lot cheaper but still a nice location as the area is a quiet...

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USA and Europe 2013

May 14, 2013 - Day 7 - Manarola/Riomaggiore

You really get to meet some interesting people at hostels. We spoke with a young man from San Francisco this morning. He'd been on the road for a couple of weeks...first traveling with his German girlfriend for the first week or so...then she had to go back to work while he continued on for another week. He gave us some tips on a few other local hikes before he left. The not so interesting thing about hostels is that they don't provide towels! We had one that was smaller than a hand towel and we made due with that. Also...the while bathroom...

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May 13, 2013 - Day 6 - Manarola/Vernazza/Monterosso

Started our day with breakfast at a cafe down near Manarola's small harbor. The sun was just starting to shine at the tables where we sat and it felt great since the morning air was a little cool. Downtown was very quiet in the morning....very peaceful. We took a short walk out to the point for some early morning views...spectacular as usual. We're staying 2 nights in Manarola but we decided to check out of our hotel and try the local hostel for a night. It's a little less expensive and they have a private room available. We've never...

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Aug 22, 2012 - Rolled the Dice - Cinque Terre instead

Hello Italy!!  Well, On my way to the train station, plans changed. My Couch Surfing Host in Pisa suggested I bypass Genova and Cinque Terre would be much better. So, I went with it. On the train to Cinque Terre, i met a couple from Roma and Milan. We chatted a good 4 hours until they hopped off. It was good to speak again. After a 5-6hour train ride I arrived in Monterosso. The first of 5 lil beach towns that make up Cinque Terre, 5 Villages. Yeah, I didn't have a place to stay at it was around 7pm when I got off the train. First task,...

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Jun 17, 2012 - Italy - Cinque Terra

9th June 2012 A change of scenery was planned for today with a drive to Cinque Terre which is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. It is in the Liguria region of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia. “The Five Lands” as it is known is composed of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. As we had only a day to explore these villages, we chose to concentrate on three villages. We drove to Monterosso al Mare where we parked our car and caught the train to Manarola. From there it...

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Apr 28, 2012 - Bike riding in Lucca; Relaxing in Cinque Terre

We popped out of our hotel in Florence and trundled our way to the bus for our trip to Cinque Terre. We passed through the town of Pistola, which was noted for its work in producing small guns. From this town we got the term “pistol.” On the way Donald told us that we were going to take advantage of the nice weather to visit the hill town of Lucca on our way to the coast. Lucca is one of the few towns that has preserved its medieval and Renaissance walls around the city. We stopped outside the walls and left the bus, walking into the city....

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Oct 11, 2011 - Mooching around Moterosso

Tuesday 11th October 2011 Weather:-The same as yesterday and every other beautiful day before that. We are just mooching around Monterosso today, packing the bags and giving the place a little tidy up. The owner who lives in Genoa will most probably not be back here until next year and we have been told where to hide the key. I have not mentioned yet but this is a town where people can still leave their keys hanging out of the lock on their front doors, everyone knows everyone. Last Sunday there was a wedding in town and they had the...

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Oct 10, 2011 - The Via dell' Amore-Chinque-Terre

Monday 10th October 2011 Weather:-Still beautiful Afternoon Manarola has very old origins; the town is located on a sharp promontory of dark rock, it was founded by the inhabitants of the probably Roman settlement of Volastra and its name derives from the Latin "Manium arula", that means a small altar dedicated to the “Mani”, Roman gods of the house. Manarola is characterized by tower houses defending the village. A quick tour of the town was followed by us attempting the walk along the Via dell’ Amore, we had read that it was an easy walk...

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Oct 10, 2011 - Moterosso to Manarola

Monday 10th October 2011 Weather:-24 degrees/some of the tourists are wearing jumpers and coats! "Good Morning, all" Today our objective was to get a day pass on the ferries (which we did) so that we could call in to the 4 other hamlets that cling to the rocks here in the ‘Bay of Poets’. The real name is the Bay of La Spezia but so many poets have written about this area that it has now been dubbed “The Bay of Poets”. Our intentions were sound but trying to fit in our visits to all the towns and also fitting in at least one walk between the...

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