The weekend of September 19th, we took a trip to Cinque Terre on the coast of Italy. Here we go….
Riomaggiore, Monterroso al Mare, e Vernazza
A few weeks ago, we decided to take a day trip to Cinque Terre. Our plan was to leave early Saturday morning and come back late Saturday night. What was meant to be a day-trip soon turned into an overnight, when I accidentally booked the return trip on our trains for Sunday instead of Saturday, so we were staying the night. Whoops!
We rushed to find a hostel, and after finally booking one, we decided it was definitely a happy accident. At 6am on Saturday, we boarded the train to Cinque Terre.
Our connecting train was in La Spezia, a small town about 7 minutes by train from the first town, Riomaggiore. We stopped in Riomaggiore first. When we first stepped off of the train, we found ourselves in a dark tunnel. We followed the crowd of tourists towards the light, and when we emerged from the tunnel, we saw the first glimpse of Cinque Terre.
We spent about three hours in Riomaggiore, exploring and just walking around.
After walking the cliffs for about 20 minutes, we found a small pathway to a rock beach. There were locals sunbathing and swimming, so we decided to join. The water was chilly and the waves so strong that we had trouble getting in and out. It wasn’t helpful that the rocks were incredibly painful to walk on. We continued to explore the beach and found a lookout stand, which we climbed and used for pictures.
Monterosso al Mare
After Riomaggiore, we headed to the last town, called Monterosso al Mare. This was the most touristic of all of the towns we visited, probably because of the sand beaches and the lovely boardwalk.
Before we left for the day trip, I hadn’t been feeling fantastic. I had a slight cough, and as the day wore on, my throat was feeling scratchy and my voice was breaking every other sentence. I resolved to speak less (!!!!).
We didn’t stay long in Monterroso, just because it was so busy and touristy. We hopped the train and headed over to…
In Vernazza, we spent a lot of time on the rocks just sitting and talking. We soon found that we were hungry, and went to look for some food. After a yummy dinner, we got gelato, hopped on the train, and headed back to our hotel to rest up for the night.
By this point, I had completely lost my voice. When we arrived at the hotel, I tried to speak to the receptionist, but failed because I physically couldn’t. We all collapsed into bed, hoping to feel refreshed in the morning.