The fishing villages

Trip Start Sep 07, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Next stop, Cinque Terre. These are the 5 small fishing villages that are a Unesco protected site near La Spezia. They are linked by the train and hiking trails, but the villages themselves are vehicle-free. I arrived last night after a stop over in Pisa to see the tower. I figured after 3 train changes there, I should get off and check it out! Took the obligatory tourist photo. Surprisingly, Pisa is quite a nice town.

Cinque Terre is right on the waterfront, and the views are stunning. Some of the villages are perched up on cliffs, the last one Monterosso is at water level with a pretty beachwhich is where I spent the afternoon lounging. There wasn't another person in sight! The area in behind the villages is all terraced vineyards and olive groves, the villages themselves are unbelievably quaint, as due to the time of year not over-run with tourists. It is quiet (no traffic), small, and the locals work hard and produce all sorts of items that are sold in the markets and shops.

You can take the train between the villages, they are spread out over 12 km. Or, you can walk between them. From each village there is a bus that goes up in to the hills linking some of the other hilltop villages. I took one from Manorola up in to the hills and then wandered through some of the vineyards, unfortunately I couldn't find anywhere to taste the wines other than in the shops! I still tasted plenty though.
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