This is the area of Italy along the Ligurian Sea, called the Five Lands, "Cinque Terre".
#1 Monterosso al Mare, #2 Vernazza, #3 Corniglia, #4 Manarola, and #5 Riomaggiore.
Picture this - tiny pastel towns, snuggled in ravines, against vineyard covered hills. Rocky harbors of sparkling clear blue-green water. And two content people lounging around the beach, the most crowded beach we have been to, but a beach none the less. The little restaurants are serving maybe the most delicious suppers we have had.
I debated whether or not to write about this area of Italy. It needs to be kept a secret. But I'm pretty sure this blog won't cause it to be spoiled.
The towns are old and had been isolated until the early 1900's, now there is a trail connecting the five. And of course the train, and highway on the other side of the hills. But to be here felt like we were in a different time. Cars are scarce, the towns are nothing more than villages, with narrow streets. Our days were full of sunshine and we have the sunburn to prove it. The sea was flat and calm, but we could imagine the
waves breaking against the rocks and cliffs, on rough days.
We had arrived late at night on the train, and the next morning, we were treated to a glimpse of the sea from above the roof tops of the old town of Monterosso. We toured nothing. No museums, no guides, no schedules. I took hundreds of photos, we walked the trail between the towns, and napped in our rented beach "beds"! That's all. Perfect weekend. My photos don't do it justice...
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