Cinque Terre… five villages along the coastline

Have you ever heard about the train strikes in Italy? Have you ever experienced them?

I traveled to Cinque Terre by train from Genova in June 2012. On that day there was a train strike, so I stuck in Genova for 6 hours!

I think this is the experience that you do not want it happen during your trip. But what if it happens while you are travelling in Italy?

After the trip I tried to find information about this because I did not want to waste my time again and I found that most of the strikes are scheduled and announced in advance.

Yes, it is announced ahead of time.

It is weird for me, but it is true.

Well… I could not find an official website informing this information in English, but if you google, you will find some website providing the anticipated strike schedule.

The strike made me a little bit nervous in the beginning and then I was really bored waiting for the train! So, to make your trip smooth, I recommend you to check the strike schedule before arriving Italy.

Anyway, finally I arrived Riomaggiore. Oh wait, I should have explained you first. Cinque Terre literally means five lands or five villages which are Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso.

I booked a hostel in Riomaggiore. Since I arrived very late, on that day I only walked around this village and started exploring the rest 4 villages on the next day. I tried to find the best scenic point and took photos.

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On the next day, I started walking to the next village which was Manarola. The trail was easy to walk. This trail is called Via Dell’Amore or Love Walk.

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I love the view of Manarola village more than Riomaggiore Village. Anyway, both two villages looked nice from a far, but looked dirty when coming closer.

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I could not walk to the next village, Corniglia, because the trail was closed due to the flood in October 2011.

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So, I took a train to the next village. After getting off from the train, I had to climb 368 steps! 

I was very tired because I did not prepare for this kind of walking!!! Then, I saw the Corniglia Village, but I did not walk into the village. I decided to walk to the next village, Vernazza.

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Along the way I tried to have a nice photo with Corniglia Village in the background.

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The trail was getting worse and difficult to walk.

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But the view was awesome.

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After walking for an hour to two, I finally saw the buildings and entered Vernazza Village.

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I like the view of this village most.

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At this village I saw photos which were taken during the flood. Too bad…the village must be more beautiful before the flood!

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One tourist told me that the trail to Monterosso was more difficult than the one that I just walked pass, so instead of walking to the final village, Monterosso, I took a train again. This village was the most crowded one because of a beach that people can enjoy.

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Have you ever been to Cinque Terre? Do you like it there? Share your experience with me in the comment!

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