Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Cinque Terre was just as amazing as we'd hoped it would be and not overly crowded. We took a train from La Spezia and got off in Monterosso al Mare where we spent about an hour lounging on the beach. I'm not much of swimmer (either in skill or desire) but I spent most of the time in the water with the heart of a mermaid and the body of an only slightly injured harbor seal. It wasn't as warm as Barcelona and it dropped off sharply (to about 10 feet) just three feet out, but there was something about the salty water that was almost therapeutic.
Later we took a boat over to the town of Manarola where we walked the half mile path to Riomaggiore to catch the train home.