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After resting for a while, we headed out into the warm Italian sun again. Food was our first priority and there was a place opposite our accommodation which sells seafood (€5 for one cone). Never one to reject seafood, Ying and I had a cone each.
With lunch out of the way, we walked towards the harbor.
I thought that I saw the same place in a scene of Wolf of Wall Street.
Travel between the villages in Cinque Terre was heavily reliant on the trains. After Riomaggiore, we decided to take the train for Vernazza. Coming from the north, it is the second village after Monterosso al Mare.
Whenever a train reached a station, the village would be immediately flooded with visitors. The sight wasn’t pretty and we likened it to the opening of hell’s gate.
The sheer number of tourists and the heat made me quite irritable. We decided to escape them by going up some stairs above the train station.
Turned out that it was the trail to Monterosso.
We quickly ran out of things to do/see in Vernazza and the train wouldn’t arrive until quite some time later. Ying suggested that we hiked to the next town Corniglia. Challenged accepted.
The distance between the two villages was 4km and We stopped regularly for breaks..
Don’t worry, the above photographs were staged. Our reward for the hike was the awesome scenery and the tranquility without the horde of tourists.
An hour and a half later we reached Corniglia. The hike was probably the most enjoyable part of the trip to Cinque Terre.
We walked into the town, thinking that the train station was located somewhere inside.
It turned out that the train station was somewhere else and we turned back after reaching some terrace overlooking the sea.
We managed to find out from other tourists where the station was; it was located on the foot of the cliff and another 15 to 20 minutes’ walk away. We elected to wait for the shuttle service which was included in the price of our Cinque Terre Card.
Despite the hot day earlier, it got really chilly while we were waiting for the shuttle bus. We had to put back on the layers that we had taken off during the hike.
The shuttle bus took around five minutes to reach the train station.
By then it was close to sunset and the color was beautiful. Since it was already late, we decided to skip Manarola and went back straight to Riomaggiore.
We felt human again after showering and headed out for dinner. We randomly chose Il Grottino, located down Via Colombo. Service was friendly enough.
I had swordfish and Ying had pasta which looked like worms.
The meal came out to be €42 for the two of us (inclusive of cover charges and drinks) which was rather expensive. The food was not bad but it didn’t feel really value-for-money.
While Ying rested, I spent the evening reading the novel The Shoemaker’s Wife. It was a page turner and I stayed up late to finish it. Thought that it was quite apt to read this book in Italy since it was about Italian emigration and their struggles in America.