Here is the second half of my photos from Italy. These are mostly taken in Cinque Terre. After staying the night in the town called Corniglia, we decided to take the train to one of the other towns — called Vernazza — to check out the scene there. If anyone reading this thinks to themselves “Gee, I’d like to go to Cinque Terre too!” I would really recommend staying in Vernazza.
Not that Corniglia wasn’t beautiful, it definitely was, it is just very difficult to access. When you get off the train, which is just above water level, what looms in front of you is a gigantic hillside with an open staircase weaving its way up 33 stories (nearly 400 steps). That’s it, folks. That’s how you’re getting up there. With your luggage in tow. There is a shuttle bus, however it only fits about 15 people, and that’s very hard to get to when several hundred people get off the train with you. The other thing about Corniglia is that it doesn’t have a beach, per se. There is a cute little swimming area where you’d have to jump off some rocks but, of course, how do you get there? You guessed it. You’ve gotta walk down the several hundred steps on the other side of the hill… and back up again afterwards.
Lori and I were very happy to walk off the train into Vernazza — the town is at train-track-level and is flat all the way through. It has very cute stores and ice cream places, and it also has a beach! Not to mention a medieval-watchtower-turned-restaurant, which is where we had lunch. Here’s the pictures: