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Cinque Terre

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Cinque Terre consist of five villages, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso.

We first stopped at Riomaggiore, a very picturesque village with a very steep main street leading up from the harbor edge into the hills. Brightly-colored fishing boats lined the lower portion of the street. Colorful houses look very beautiful from afar, up close we saw the paint peeling off the walls. Old World charm.

The Via del Amore (Road of Love),a long walkway carved into the sheer cliff face, starts in Riomaggiore and continues to each of the other four villages. There was a 3-euro toll for Hiking on the Via del Amore requires a 3-euro toll (2002). We opted to take the train to Manarola, which was much cheaper .95 euro.

Houses perched on top of a large promontory made Manarola the most picturesque village of all with a few cafes and gift shops.

The tiny ferry dock cut out of solid rock jutted into the sea. The wind whipped up the waves, making it a bit precarious to stand on the dock.

From Manarola, we took the ferryboat towards Corniglia, which was not one of the regular stops. We only saw it from offshore. The only way to get to it is by train or the walkway.

The ferryboat docked at Vernazza, which had a rather large square by the harbor. I stopped at an Internet cafe to catch up on my email.

We didn't make it to the fifth village, Monterosso, the largest and most commercial of the five villages that has a nice beach. It was getting late. So, for us it was Le Tre Terre instead of Le Cinque Terre.

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