Cinque Terra! Which is really 5 cities that are all very small and connected by train and trail!
|Riomaggiore! The town on the hill, and the 1st of the 5 towns.|
|Beautiful Monterosso. The city with the most beach access and the cutest umbrellas!|
|This is the outside of the adorable Air BNB we stayed at. We loved it minus not having internet. We had to go 3 days without letting our families know we were safe. Otherwise it was nice to completely disconnect for a few days.|
|This is Vernazza! This is the town we stayed in. Tiny and the cutest!|
|Loved watching these beautiful sunsets over the water while we ate dinner|
Our second day in Cinque Terra we decided to take the train down to the first town Riomaggiore. It's about a 25 minute train ride from Vernazza. So I decided I didn't want to risk getting a ticket so Shannon and I purchased tickets. I had been a little more rebellious the prior day because the train from Vernazza to Monterosso is only 5 minutes, so I would chance it... (bad girl I know.. who raised me??) So OF COURSE the second we hop on the train a train attendant comes on asking to see our tickets. Shannon and I are all proud because we have our tickets this time! We hand them to the Italian woman expecting her to hand them right back and keep moving... Not the case however. She looks at us and in broken english says to us that our tickets are not valid. We look at her puzzled and try to explain back that "No, we just bought these tickets and it has the correct destination listed on it." She further tries to explain to us that the tickets we bought are valid for 2 months, and that you have to validate the ticket with a time stamp at the station... I know what you're thinking, Ok that had to be clearly marked somewhere Katie for you to know that. Well... If there was a sign somewhere it was in Italain, which I no speaky, and secondly it is written on the back of the ticket in tiny fine print and WHO LOOKS AT THE BACK OF A TICKET?!?!
So at this point, I am thinking ok so we get off at the next stop validate our ticket and continue on our journey. Thank you nice Italian lady for the heads up we won't make that mistake again. WRONG. She tells us we are being fined. **Now picture myself with steam coming out of my ears** I look at her and I repeat the entire scenario to her to make sure I am understanding. She says yes that I understand correctly, and I start to address the entire train of tourists at this point. I get up and hold up my ticket to the entire train and yell, "DOES EVERYONE ELSE KNOW ABOUT THIS?! DOES EVERYONE KNOW YOU HAVE TO VALIDATE YOUR TICKET BEFORE YOU GET ON?!" I wasn't sure what the other riders were going to do or say, but they all look at me and tell me that they are also pissed and that the same thing had happened to them on their trip too. I felt a little relief but was still so pissed at this not-so-nice Italian woman issuing me a ticket. It ended up being 5 Euro which equates to about $7.00 but STILL!! It was the principle of them trying to rip off tourists and make money. I was so mad. I was so mad that while she was issuing our ticket we were about to miss our stop, so I just walked off the train while sweet Shannon waited for the woman to be done. I had had it at that moment. And I'm pretty sure Shannon was pretty embarrassed to be seen with me after that, but I finally let it go and we had a nice day exploring that town and then finally back to Monterosso for the day. Haha, who am I?! That was my natural instinct to stand up on the train and just start yelling.... yikes. Haha poor Shan.
These towns are so beautiful, I definitely recommend coming here. There aren't a ton of things to do, but this is a great place for you couples out there! A very romantic place, and lots of amazing seafood if you like seafood!
Email me if you are planning a trip for here soon, I am happy to go more in depth with recommendations!
Love and I Need to Have More Respect for Officials...