Le Cinque Terre – Vernazza
Vernazza is the town that we stayed in. It has an adorable harbor, complete with old school fisherman and their tiny wooden boats. In the summer the boats are on the sand there – but in the winter they live in the middle of the town square, right next to all the restaurant tables. In the background are steep hills with grape vines. We ate dinner every night at a restaurant on the main square.
On the first evening, after we got back from our hiking extravaganza, we bought some local wine (grown and produced on those steep hills all around us) and just sat around and talked and caught up. The nice thing about travelling with family you haven’t seen in a while is that you have every incentive to just sit around and relax, and enjoy being together. Besides, our room had a great view of the town church and main square.
Eating dinner in Vernazza made getting home easy … so we were rested and ready for the next morning.
Thus properly fueled, and having satiated our curiosity about the inside of the church we had been staring at so much … we were ready to take the train to Monterosso. One day of hiking was enough for us … especially since the trip from Vernazza to Monterosso is supposed to be the most vigorous part of the trail. :)