After getting a little taste of Cinque Terre by visiting Vernazza, we decided the next day would be dedicated to seeing the rest of the towns. But first, some Italian breakfast, made by our wonderful B&B host.
We decided to start at the furthest town and then make our way closer to home, so that took us to Monterosso first. (In case you don’t know, the towns are Monterosso al Mare,Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore).
Monterosso is known for being a beach town, so we were excited for some nice beach time! We packed bathing suits, towels, and those sandwiches made with the chicken carcass and headed over! It was beauuuuutiful and the crystal clear water was breathtaking. And hot.
It was quite warm, but without an umbrella we thought we would take a quick swim and keep moving, right? Wrong. We tried to put our towels down and they said “beach privati!”, meaning, you want to be on the beach, you pay for the beach. Ugh. So we put our towels away and tucked our tails between our legs and walked away.
After Monterosso, we hopped on the train to Corniglia (skipping Vernazza). We considered hiking there, but it’s unclear which trails are open and which are not, and whether you have to pay. Not to mention, the city of Corniglia is actually at the top of the mountain, so there was some hiking involved.
From Corniglia, we hopped back on the train and were in Manarola less than 5 minutes later. What a beautiful place! I think this one was my favorite.
It was a long, and hot day, but a really great day as well. Visiting Cinque Terre is such a special experience, and if you ever have the opportunity, go! For reference, my favorite town was Manarola (for the swimming and view of the town), as well as Vernazza, but they are all wonderful.