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Jun 14, 2017 - Cinque Terre, Italy

We took the train from the Santa Maria Novela station in Florence to Pisa and then changed trains to Monterosso al Mare in the Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre translates to "5 lands" and they lie on the Ligurian coast which is on the Tyrrhenian Sea. From south to north they are Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. We had a nice house in Monterosso outside the tourist area. Extremely peaceful with a nice terrace. The Cinque Terre was made into a national park long ago to ensure preservation. Perhaps it's biggest claim to...

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May 13, 2017 - Cinque Terre

Today we took the ferry from La Spezia around the point at Porto Venere and up the Italian Riveria to Monterosso, where we jumped off and explored. We then trained it back to La Specia stopping at the other towns of the Cinque Terre (5 Lands) on thr way back. Big day, lots of walking, and sectacular scenery. Still not sunny but not raining and not too cold.

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May 7, 2017 - Portovenere/Monterosso, Cinque Terre

We travelled to Portovenere and explored Byron's Grotto from high above a medieval town. The views were spectacular. We then took a ferry that was diverted, due to high waves, to a train station that took us to the 5th hamlet in Cinque Terre, Monterosso. We were sorry to miss seeing the other four, because of the choppy seas. However, we enjoyed Monterosso. We visited a local wine shop and had seafood marinara in a local restaurant. Our tour guide Luca recommended this restaurant, and our lunch was delicious. After lunch we wandered back...

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May 21, 2016 - Complete the Walk of Cinque Terre

Today we headed back to Corniglia to complete the walk to the last town. First we walked around Corniglia and had breakfast. Then walked the blue path to Vernazza. This path was much gentler than yesterday. As soon as we found Vernazza Elton was hungry again and we stopped at the first little restaurant on the edge of a cliff and had a pasta dish with pesto. Fantastic. A walk around town and then on to the next town. Again the path to Monterosso was easier than yesterday but my legs and butt are definitely getting a workout. Nothing a bowl...

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May 20, 2016 - Cinque Terre

Well today started out just like you thought.. yes we got lost again. How hard can it be for the GPS to get us where we want to go. We put in Riomaggiore and took us to a dead end then wanted us to go up a steep incline the was wet. There was no way we would make it, nothing could. So it took us back to the same dead end. We then followed my guesses and got behind a bus. I said that it must be going to Cinque Terre so just follow it ,,, and it did. We drove to Riomaggiore and could find a place to park so we went back to La Spezia and got...

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May 1, 2016 - Two beautiful days in Cinque Terre

Yesterday was a lovely day for a boat ride, and that is what we did. The boat left Monterosso and took us to each of the other villages except for Corniglia, which has no boat dock. It must be reached by train or walking trail. So we went to Vernazza, Manarolo, and Riomaggiore, as well as Portovenere, another village that is not a part of the Cinque (5) Terre. From Portovenere, we took another boat which carried us on a 45-minute tour around three nearby islands. In each village we had time to explore, take pictures, people watch, and in...

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Sep 27, 2015 - Cinque Terre - The Italian Riviera

Today, we started the day with another wonderful free breakfast in the hotel! Then, we drove 2.5 hours to the coast to Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre is 5 beautiful towns (Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore) snuggled into the cliffs along the coast. The highways were full of tunnels and sharp hairpin curves. We arrived in Levanto at about noon and found the parking lot across the street from the train station. We had to pay for parking which was not the amount it said it should be. It kept inhaling our coins! We...

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Jun 15, 2015 - Hiking Monterosso to Vernazza, Cinque Terre

Riomaggiore We arrived yesterday by train from Milano. The train trip was made more joyous by sharing a cabin with a delightful older Italian couple - Antonio and Maelina. Antonio spoke a little English and Maelina none - although she was a deeply intuitive woman who somehow understood our limited ability to communicate. We communicated by wild hand gestures, a lot of laughter and even sang Dean Martin's 'Volare' together. It's true - Deano bridges cultural differences. She sang me an Elvis song in Italian and completely won our hearts. We...

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Jun 9, 2015 - Lucca - Cinque Terre - Santa Margherita Ligure

We checked out of our hotel and drove to La Spezia to meet our local guide and catch a boat that would take us to Cinque Terre. It is somewhere I have always wanted to see so it was a very exciting day. There are 5 villages that make up Cinque Terre and we disembarked at 3 of them - Manarola, Vernazza and Monterosso. They were beautiful little towns and in Monterosso we had lunch and tried the local specialty - seafood! We had Spaghetti Seafood which came out in a frypan and had prawns, pippys and mussels and we tried the local white wine....

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May 15, 2015 - Cinque Terre

Friday thru Monday, May 15th – May 17th What a delightful campground we found at Pian di Pichhe (www.piandipicche.it) Great Grandparents Paulin and Caterina had set their minds on the acquisition of the orchard, vegetable garden and vineyard that together were known in the area as Pian di Picche. In 1948, three years after the end of the Second World War and two years after the foundation of the Italian Republic the sale was finally made. Their strong beliefs in this plot of land turned out to be right. After many successful harvests, a...

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Oct 6, 2014 - Cinque Terra - Vernazza

I got three e-mails this morning informing me the Browns pulled off the largest come-from-behind-win in NFL history yesterday beating Tennessee. Go Browns. I didn't do a very good job yesterday explaining where I am and why I am here. This area of Italy is along the north-western most coast of Italy - at the knee cap if you were putting on a boot (Venice would be the back of the knee). Sometimes it is called the Italian Rivera because it connects to the eastern-most part of the French Rivera. It is very, very hilly - similar to Monte Carlo...

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Oct 5, 2014 - Cinque Terra - Monterosso al Mare

I had a wonderful trip to Monterosso al Mare via train. The last hour was right along the Mediterranean coast. It was beautiful. The view alternated between small fishing villages, tunnels, high rise vacation condos, tunnels, boat marinas, tunnels... just a wonderful ride - and so nice not to have to worry about driving. When I got here about 3 pm the place was packed but when I went out again at 5 pm the crowd was considerable smaller. I think everyone was out enjoying possibly the last warm Sunday before fall hits. The hotel I am staying...

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