Vernazza in Cinque Terre

mountainsGoodbye Firenze, we’re going North.

Cinque Terre (the 5 lands) is renowned for hiking and relaxing. Just what we need after Rome and Florence.

The car we rent for the rest of the trip is an Opel, a real boat, but we need automatic for B’s knee. Out of the city; wonderful to be in the countryside. Unexpectedly, we pass a pile of mountains right before La Spezia, where we’ll park; the Apuan Alps, part of the Apennines. I love them!

Parking is a mystery (no cars in Vernazza); we found a safe seeming place under the train station, but it will be expensive. Cheaper to reserve ahead but my months of research never turned up that fact. Lunch in station, then on to Vernazza by train.
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Stepssteps w diskFinding our B&B is an adventure. As the website warned, there were lots of steps, but the town is a mass of steps except for a paved walking street down the middle.

We wait for about an hour for the owner to show up. My nice hubby holds the ladder for a workman nearby and I climb up to the terrace to take pix while I can: it’s sunny now but rain is forecast. coastline
Guiseppe, father of the owner, comes to let us in AND does a load of our laundry! Now we have clothes drying all over the 2 story room. Unfortunately the bedroom is up and the bathroom down, but never mind. The bed is good and Guiseppe was so nice…

B is getting sick. He thought he’d burned his throat on coffee in the AM but seems not. He sleeps a little. harbor2
We explore the town. Nice harbor.

Climb up the tower – a lookout against pirates in the old days.

Hear part of the mass in the church – nice echo with the organ and singing.

Sit on the plaza, the main hub where we talk to a couple from Ottowa; very funny guys, but they weren’t prepared – didn’t even know the museums in Rome are closed on Mon. until they tried a couple. I couldn’t travel like that (although I have … younger, stupider).
Nice dinner with a friendly waiter – we were the only ones in the place at 7:20. Tried their pesto. Mine is just as good – a win for home cooking. We’re in bed and asleep by 8:30. Wake up at 3:15 to a wild storm. The shutters snapping. Lock them and go back to sleep. Yes to Vernazza!


  1. I hope your husband is feeling better. It seems such a shame to be sick at such a pretty place. I wish I had a Giuseppe to do my laundry!

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