We left the hotel and walked to the train station. It took about 15 minutes to walk there. When you go to Cinque Terre you need to remember it is a National Park and the ticket you are purchasing is access to the National Park. The cost was not expensive it is € 14,50 per person for two days. We hopped on the train and made our way to the first town Monterosso. We started walking around the town and the town is actually split by a tunnel.
Below is are photos of the first town we came to called Monterosso. Yes, the big rock is there and there were people climbing to the top of it.
We then walked around the town. At the top of the town there was a cemetery. I had never seen a cemetery on a hill like this and it was a large cemetery and very diverse. There were some old and some not old headstones. The view from the top was breath-taking.
As you can see from the photo above we are way above the town. The climb up here was tiresome and I had to rest while going up there. This is the only town that cars are allowed in but there is still a lot of walking to be had. The steps up here were steep and there was no railing to hold on to. I am not the best on my feet sometimes thankfully I didn’t trip. As you see in the photo below the steps are quite steep in some of these areas.
We were going to walk to the next town which is Vernazza and we made it across the bridge in the photo below on the left we were fine, but when we got to the incline in the bottom right photo my husband changed his mind. From the bottom you could not see where the stairs went and also there was a very rickety looking railing. I agreed with him and we decided to take a ferry to the next town.
The problem with the ferry is the time of day it was, there was no ferry running until almost two pm I believe and there was also no train and no bus running. I guess it was siesta time. We waited and finally got on the ferry and decided to start at the southern most town and work our way each day. We were on our way to Riomaggiore. In doing this we got to see each of the towns from the water. Well worth the wait. By the way, we found out later that the walk to the next town would have taken at least two hours and there were no water stops. Below is Monterosso as we were leaving.