Like I mentioned yesterday, we left Milan at 6:10am so we arrived in La Spezia around 9:30am. While we were waiting for a train to Riomaggiore (the first of the five towns and the one we stayed at) we grabbed some breakfast at the train station. There was a guy there making fresh focaccia bread so I bought it because it’s a fav of mine and Oh My Gracious. Best focaccia bread I’ve had in my life. And I didn’t have my camera out to document it! We were in a hurry and at the train station so I didn’t get it out. So sad. But really believe me – it was AMAZING! So then we hopped on a train and headed the last few minutes into Riomaggiore!
We checked into our room at La Baia di Rio. The shot on the left is looking down at the water as we climbed up toward our room. I loved that the water was so clear that you can see the bottom! And the shot on the top right is the view from our balcony. Um, yes, gorgeous.
We started at Lover’s Lane in Riomaggiore. Like many places in Italy, there were locks on the bridge placed there by lovers. Unfortunately due to a mud slide we weren’t able to walk to Manarola (town 2!) so we hopped on a boat and cruised over (the boats run regularly and are inexpensive).
We explored the town for a bit and stopped in at Alberto’s Gelateria where we got what Christopher claims to be the BEST gelato of the trip! We both got dark chocolate and coffee. This was actually the only time I ate dairy on the trip. I had one little medicine packet to help me digest dairy (all the others were in the checked bag – so yes, because the airline lost our bag, I didn’t get to eat dairy other than this one time). I was a little apprehensive about using up my one dairy freebie, but it was so worth it. The gelato was amazing! As you can see by my face – I was pretty stoked about it. 😉
When we first walked down into Vernazza we were met with the sound of singing. As we followed our ears we came upon this group of men and one lady who were performing their own sort of flash mob. It was DELIGHTFUL! After they finished, they all just walked away. I literally laughed in delight when we came across them!
On the right is the view of Vernazza from the water (I actually took that photo the next day while cruisin’ on the water, but more on that tomorrow). And the other shot is of the Vernazza Castle which we stepped inside so we could say that we went in a castle! 😉
We had dinner at Capitano in Vernazza. This area is famous for their basil pesto so that was good in of itself, but the seafood pasta was AMAZING! One of the best three pastas of the entire trip! Seriously, SO good!