Thursday, June 23, 2011

A day on the Italian Riviera....

As I may perhaps have mentioned (!) I spent the last 2 weeks of April and the 1st week of May in Italy. 
One of the highlights was a day spent hopping along the villages of the Cinque Terre, on the Ligurian coast, by ferry boat. 

 The day was beautifully sunny, not too hot, a little breezy. And as it was early in the season, 
not too crowded!
 Early in the morning we caught the boat at the old naval station city of 
La Spezia

not long afterwards, we rounded a cape to stop briefly to change ferries at Porto Venere

Thirty minutes later we were at the first of the Five Villages, Riomaggiore

From there we had the option of getting back on a ferry to the next village, Manarola, or walking along the cliff path to meet the boat there, which I did

  It was a very easy walk and left us some time before catching the ferry to the village, Vernazza 
(the prettiest according to our guide).

Three hours at the last village, Monterosso, meant plenty of time for a leisurely lunch and 
lots of exploring

Finally we got one of the frequent trains to our destination for the next 3 days, Santa Margherita, one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. But that's another post.... 

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