Greetings from the Cinque Terre!!!! The Cinque Terre is a string of five towns that are strung together like pearls on a necklace. Their location is right on the coast, in the northern part of Italy. It is sometimes called the Italian Riviera. I am staying in the town of Vernazza. These five towns are centuries old, and each is filled with colorful houses that seem to cling to the sides of rugged mountain cliffs. Each town has its own distinct personality, and each is loved by those who permanently live there and by those who visit for the bluegreen, sea water bathing and delicious seafood. I am staying in a little room that I have to walk up 65 steps to get to. Each time I go down and back up, it gets a little less difficult, but this little room is in a house that clings to the side of a rock. When I reached step 65, my hostess, Manuela, said, “Life in Vernazza can be difficult.” The steps are difficult, but life in Vernazza is wonderful.
The first five of the sixty-five.
Our room, sixty-five steps up.
Walking into Vernazza from the train station.
Bright, sunny, warm.
Seaport in Vernazza.
The hills are terraced for vines.
Town square is full of eateries; people still hanging out the laundry.
Hanging out by the dock. Quite a change from Florence and the museum scene.
A short train ride gets you to the next town over….really short…4 minutes. Then a steep walk up to a apertivo place we heard about from some locals.
Looking out during the climb.
Sea view walking up to reastauant.
Climb up continues.
Reaching Nessun Dorma.
Looking from Nessun Dorma across to Manarola, one of the Cinque Terra.
Beautiful in the setting sun.
Rocks below the restaurant catching some light. Isn’t the water soooooo bluegreen?
Big day tomorrow…see you later…isn’t this junket wonderful!? Amore, The Unseasoned Traveler.