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4 trains/1 bus to reach Cinque Terre - so worth it

This was a day of travel and moving our luggage up MANY steps. We had 4 trains and a bus to get to our destination to the middle of the 5 Cinque Terre towns of Corniglia.

Left at 8.30am & walked the couple of minutes to Gare SCNF in Nice & bought our train tickets which cost us 33 E each.

Train 1: 9.53am we left for Ventimiglia just over the Italian border. During this part of the journey the train line was right next the water with stunning views of the french coastline except for when we were in the frequent tunnels under the steep mountains that ran into the sea. There were so many beautiful little coves again with massive boats moored in them. Arrived at 10.47am & had 12 minutes to change trains to Genoa ( Genova in French) which arrived at 1pm.

Train 2: Ventimiglia to Genoa

We were on the IC trains which are medium paced and you get a reservation for your own seat, as opposed to the slower cheaper regional trains. The train continued to closely follow the coastline with views again of many beaches. There was a lot of graffiti and it felt less wealthy than the French Riviera. Beaches were now sandy ( which is dark to black) and agian packed with people

Train 3: Left Genoa and arrived at La Spezia at 1.47 pm

We had bought snack food from the supermarket in the morning to eat as we travelled which was good so we didn't have to spend lots of money from the expensive train food carts.

Passed through the following beautiful towns: Portofino, Rapallo, Chiavari,Levanto

Train 4: La Spezia to Corniglia

We passed through these first few villages from La Spezia. It was all tunnels between the towns and then you would come into sunshine to these beautiful seaside towns built into the cliffs of these steep mountains

We arrived at the train station at 3.45pm to read a sign saying we had a choice of walking up 368 steps or paying 1.50 euro to catch the bus. We went with the bus!

5 villages from south to north:

Riomaggiore

Manarola

Corniglia

Vernazza

Monterossa

Corniglia is the smallest of the 5 villages and perched 300 metres above the water and the only village you cannot reach by boat. Like the others it is quaint,medieval and high above the Ligurian sea with high hills towering behind covered in vineyards, pine forests and olive groves.

The buildings are painted in pastel colours and are 3- 4 stories high and called tower houses. Because the land is so steep they must build up

Our hostel is right beside the church and next to the town square where the bus comes in. Nath is in the 8 bed boys dorm and we are are at the other end of the building in the girls dorm. It is very clean with nice big rooms with lockers. I am in the top bunk next to a huge window that has a great view over a vineyard and home. It has some serious serenity...loving it!!!!! Nath's room is next to the church which has lovely bells that ring on the hour an half hour. I love the sound of church bells pealing!

After dropping off our luggage we went exploring through this lovely little village. At the end was a terrase with panoramic view to the villages north and south. We saw several very cute cats which remind us of Charlie at home and we missed him!!

We walked back to the piazza in the village where we had a couple of cokes and enjoyed our beautiful surrounds. By one of the shops was a grape vine with large bunches of grapes hanging from it.

Walked the Via Marina down to the bottom of the cliffs where people were swimming and sun-baking off the rocks in the stunning green water. The sea was beautiful and calm

For dinner we went to a restaurant overlooking the sea so we could watch the sun set. It was one of those beautiful moments watching the sun set over the sea and the water way below framed by bougainvilleas. For dinner I had Bruschetta with mozzarella cheese which was really yummy.

After dinner we wandered again through the one main alley and had a gelato. Back to our room we chatted for awhile with the other girls in our room who were all lovely

Nice station..on  our way to Italy

Nice station..on our way to Italy


In the train carriage

In the train carriage


Arrived at Ventamiglia in Italy

Arrived at Ventamiglia in Italy


Arrived at Corniglia in Cinque Terre

Arrived at Corniglia in Cinque Terre


Views south from the Terrase

Views south from the Terrase


Views north from the Terrase

Views north from the Terrase


On the terrase

On the terrase


Found comfy place in a hole in the stone

Found comfy place in a hole in the stone


Corniglia

Corniglia


Cokes in the piazza

Cokes in the piazza


Walking down to the water

Walking down to the water


Down to the water

Down to the water


Corniglia

Corniglia


Corniglia

Corniglia


Looking back up to the vlllage

Looking back up to the vlllage


Steep steps

Steep steps


Ladies chanting inside the church

Ladies chanting inside the church


Corniglia

Corniglia


Nath and Grandma having a rest

Nath and Grandma having a rest


Corniglia

Corniglia


Our hostel

Our hostel


Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea


Swimmers  at the foot of the cliffs

Swimmers at the foot of the cliffs


Foot of the Corniglia cliffs

Foot of the Corniglia cliffs


Exploring

Exploring


Vineyard terraces

Vineyard terraces


Corniglia

Corniglia


Mum doing well with all the steps

Mum doing well with all the steps


Corniglia

Corniglia


Dinner view

Dinner view


Dinner view

Dinner view


Sunset

Sunset


Sunset

Sunset


Corniglia homes

Corniglia homes

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Italy

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