March 21st….We took the train 15 miles or so down the coast from Levanto….(in company it seemed with half the Italian navy….haven’t they got any boats?, or were they watching us?), Colin not impressed with the train. We disembarked at Riomaggiore, the southernmost of the five villages which make up the Cinque Terre. These are five ancient settlements clinging to the steep coast and joined by low coastal walkways attached to the cliffs, along which we were planning to walk. However the links between the northernmost 4 villages had been washed away by recent heavy rains, leaving the only paths the high ones.
We walked the first walkway to Manarola, then took the high path along the top of the cliffs, and along the vine terraces, to Corniglia, from where we got the train back to Levanto.