Back to Cinque Terre! Another touristy day on the cards for us! The towns of Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso were on the hit list. We aimed to get the 10am train after our laundry finished. It was supposed to be sunny all day so with the hint of a bit of dry weather, the washing got done (how amazingly boring those few sentences were…please stick with today’s blog…it’ll get better…I hope).
Our first port of call was the hill top town of Corniglia. To reach the centre of the town we had to walk up 365 steps! A perfect way to start our day and an early tester for my hip. The steps were shallow so it wasn’t that bad. Once we reached the top we found a quaint little town with a warren of small alleyways. The views of the sea and Manarola were awesome. Check them out below.
We then moved onto Vernazza. The train was heaving with tourists. Dad told us that Vernazza was very popular with the tourists- we shall see. He wasn’t wrong! There were loads of people everywhere. The walk down to the harbour was a slow one. We picked up some tasty snacks on the way, which kept the calorie deficient Tim happy. The harbour was pretty and an interesting place to look around. The waves dramatically crashed against the rocks but that was about it for the excitement in Vernazza. We didn’t really enjoy it because it was claustrophobic and packed. We hoped our last stop, Monterosso, wouldn’t disappoint!
Monterosso was different to the other towns. It was a lot bigger and had a long beachfront. The main part of the town was packed full of people, bars, restaurants, shops etc… We liked it because it felt like you had more space and wouldn’t get knocked by someone taking a photo (grr old man Phil moaning). We walked a long way and I was feeling tired by the end. My legs felt stiff so we head back chill out for the evening.
I’m back on the bike tomorrow- looking forward to it!