|Fresh fish for sale|
|Produce on display|
|Sunbathing on the rocks|
|Swimming in the bay at Riomaggiore|
The boat finally arrived and we hopped aboard and found a seat with a great view. Within 10 - 15 minutes we were docking at Vernazza. Vernazza is the fourth town heading north, has no car traffic, and remains one of the truest "fishing villages" on the Italian Riviera. The town relies on tourism as its main source of revenue but fishing, wine and olive oil production still take place. It was hard to believe that such a picturesque village was buried in 4 metres of mud and debris during the flooding and mudslides.
|The streets of Vernazza|
|Shopping in Vernazza|
|Narrow streets of Vernazza|
From Vernazza we took the boat to Monterosso, the village that is well known for its sand beaches. Monterosso is the farthest north of all the villages. The town is divided into two parts, the old town and the new town. There is a pedestrian tunnel connecting the two areas of Monterosso. It was a very hot day so we decided to spend a couple hours at the beach while visiting Monterosso. There were chairs and umbrellas for rent but we found enough room on the crowded beach to spread out our towels and have some lunch. The swim was very refreshing!!
|The beach at Monterossa|
The boat didn't stop at Corniglia because there is no access to the village from the water. It is only accessible by train or walking paths. We thought the boat would stop at Manarola but it kept going to Riomaggiore. It was time for a shower and some gelato.
In the evening we walked down to the water to watch the sunset and then enjoyed dinner at a tiny restaurant recommended by our landlady. Our time in Cinque Terre was short but very relaxing!