Today I finally saw the Cinque Terra (5 towns) that I have heard so much about from friends. I took a boat up the coast below Genoa to see these picturesque little towns that sit on top of cliffs or cling to them. I bought a round trip ticket from La Spezia that allowed me get on and off. My plan was to go to the northern most one, Monterosso, and turn back and get off at the next to the last one, Vernazza, for a nice lunch. When I saw how precarious it was to get off at the smaller towns because of the choppy water and tiny gang plank, I stayed all day in Monterosso. [click photos to enlarge]
It was warm and sunny so after I explored the town a bit, I sat in the shade on a bench and read until lunch time. I was reading Beautiful Ruins which takes place in the area. I finished it when I got back to the hotel. It was nice to see the places mentioned in the novel and it was a good read.
For lunch I choose a sidewalk place that had a local pasta dish, trophie with pesto, as well as the Internet. I read, relaxed, and did email. It’s funny how having wifi makes me feel connected on this trip.
Most people come here to hike from one town to the next which looked too scary for me to even consider it. The last picture shows a hiking path leading out of Monteroso.