forget yesterday.. live for today !!
Well, those lucky people following this adventure will have realised that yesterday was a non-event!
A @@!!## strike held yt TrenItalia left us stranded in Ventimiglia.. we had to book a hotel there for the night and hope that travel insurance will come to the rescue when we get back! Basically we sat all afternoon in the Railway station at Ventimiglia watching as each successive train was cancelled. We were told it was a strike but that there would be a train to Milan at 5.00 pm..
However we decided that was a very uncertain option.
We did meet some interesting people though -
Greetings to Frank!!
Also hello to Penny and her companion!! hope you both got back to Turino!
So we were up bright and early today and took the early train to La Spezia.. a 5 hour trip along the coast, stopping most stations .
Having found the Hotel Mary, we soon set off again to explore the Cinque Terre.
There is a beautiful little train which winds its way along the track between these wonderful little villages perched on the hillsides!!!
Well that's what we (err I !!) thought from my research!!
Not b..y likely!!! the villages are served by train (we bought the 1 day Cinque Terre card) but it's the ordinary trenItalia trains which run mostly through the many tunnels.. They stop (often partly in a tunnel !!) and one walks and then climbs stairs to discover the villages!
There were a great many people .. many with big cases, who had apparently booked their accommodation in one of the villages.. I hope they realised just how many stairs/steps they would need to climb to reach their rented accommodations.
We first explored the furthest village - Monterosso which was the largest and a bit touristy.. then got to Venazzo - which we found to be very picturesque and natural.
We then caught the next train to Corniglia - the smallest village..
Here's some information and links
Here are some web links so you can follow along:
Travel tips for cinque Terre
The five villages
Cinque Terre information