riomaggiore.

Our next stop in Italy was in Riomaggiore. It’s part of the Cinque Terre and a peaceful place to visit. We had a wild time getting there but it was definitely worth it. We took the train from Venice to Riomaggiore with a planned stop in Milan and an unfortunate stop in La Spezia. When we got to Milan we had to buy a separate ticket to get to Riomaggiore. We had decided beforehand that we weren’t going to visit Milan. Unfortunately the train station in Milan is wildly confusing. We had to go downstairs to buy our regional ticket and then come back upstairs to actually board the train. We missed the first train since it took us about ten minutes just to figure out where to buy our tickets. Once we got on our train we had to switch trains in La Spezia Centrale. The regional trains in Italy aren’t as organized as the fast trains that fly between the big cities. Unfortunately for us right before our switch over in La Spezia Centrale our train stopped in La Spezia. I had a sinking feeling as we were getting off the train that it wasn’t the right stop. Unfortunately by the time we figured it out our train was long gone. We then had to buy ANOTHER ticket, this one taking us straight to Riomaggiore. We ended up getting there three hours later then planned, starving and tired. We had to climb stairs up the side of a mountain that were WAY too steep but finally made it to our room. Our room looked right out onto the ocean and the sound of the waves was very calming. When we woke in the morning we had an amazing view. The people were very friendly in this small town. We had our first gelato in Riomaggiore and continued to have delicious pastries. There is a trail that runs between the five towns of Cinque Terre. It’s supposed to be quite a hike and we decided to skip it since we were only there for two nights. There is also an easily walkable paved trail, Via dell’Amore, between Riomaggiore and Manarola, the next town over. We walked the path our second night there and ended up at a small cafe in Manarola.  We had our first Italian focaccia and some excellent pumpkin soup that night. If you are ever in Riomaggiore go to Bar Centrale for some excellent pastries and coffee [and free wifi!]. Right next door to Bar Centrale is the gelato shop, you can’t miss it! Here are some of my favorite shots of Riomaggiore. Enjoy!

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