While in Cinque Terre we spent an afternoon cruising in Mediterranean Sea. The weather for most of the day was pristine until a late afternoon storm kicked up some rain for a brief spell. Otherwise the views we had overlooking the five cities from the deck of a boat were amazing. This is the ‘first’ of the five cities of the Cinque Terre – Riomaggiore – and is often cited as being the most beautiful of all the cities in the chain (some say it is the most beautiful city in all of Italy). I’m not doubting that given all the colorful houses and at dusk I’m sure it looks amazing. We unfortunately were unable to spend an evening there as it sold out long before we started planning our trip a mere months before. We stayed in Monterosso which is on the other side several miles away and which in my opinion was just as beautiful.
Riomaggiore from a Sailboat in Cinque Terre (Italy)
Alot of people take a day and hike the five villages of Cinque Terre from Monterosso to Riomaggiore but unfortunately the rains from 2011 wiped out a large chunk of the ‘easy’ hiking path cut along the coast. As a result the hiking route was a much more lengthy (with many more up/down hills) that would have been challenging for even the fastest hikers – let alone two city folks from Chicago. That’s the primary reason we decided to go the boating route which was much, much more relaxing. I think it was a good choice!