Cinque terre, a cluster of five coastal towns located on the Mediterranean sea, is a place of unimaginable beauty and uniqueness. It is about a two and a half hour journey from Florence and the group of fellow students and I traveled there by train. After a serious of hopping on and off several trains, we finally arrived to the last town on the coast Monterosso. I was able to explore the tiny town, and then had a refreshing swim to cool off.
The next town Vernazza we reached by means of water taxi, which reminded me of the ferry boats that I would ride in to cross the bay in Izmir, when I lived there when I was younger. The scenes that surrounded me were amazing and I enjoyed the light breeze which blew my hair wildly as the water taxi skipped over the foamy waves. In Vernazza for lunch I tried a taste of some mixed friend fish, squid, and octopus and of course for dessert a cone of creamy, mulberry galato. While licking our gelato, a couple of us students hiked up high all the way up onto the hills for a better view of the city, and we were pleasantly rewarded for our strenuous efforts with a gem to delight our eyes. We hiked down to try out the water on the dark rocky beach until it was time to hop on the water taxi again.
While waiting for the water taxi to Riomaggiore I spotted some little boys catching some fish with just a line and hook, no messing with fishing poles for them! I am pretty sure they have to be the main fish suppliers for the town.This time the water taxi was quite a bit more crowded, but still enjoyable none the less. The group went directly to the pebbly beach to catch some more sun rays and then we hiked up the almost vertical trek to the train station for the journey home, but only after grabbing some fabulous seafood pizza for dinner.