While planning our Italian trip, we were in a fix as to what all destinations to include. I had so many spots on my bucket list and we had only fourteen days. Commuting between two places also required time. We were particularly torn between Cinque Terre and Amalfi Coast. Hubs wanted Amalfi while I was adamant about Cinque Terre. Being a hard core fan of David Rocco I had seen a fair amount of Positano and Amalfi on television. No doubt it’s a picturesque territory. But I had seen and heard so much about Cinque Terre that I could not trade it with any other place in Italy. So after a lot of persuasion, Cinque Terre was final in our itinerary.
Cinque Terre is a group of five villages on hills dotted along the Ligurian Sea. Cinque means five. The five villages are Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.It a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Now the most vital question…where to stay in Cinque Terre?
In order to reach Cinque Terre, the nearest big town is La Spezia. La Spezia is a port town and is connected to the main railway line of Italy. Also it is connected to all the five towns of Cinque Terre by the Cinque Terre Express. In Fact La Spezia is the gateway to the Five Terre. So hubs did the most sane thing he could do..he booked a B n B in La Spezia! We took the Trenitalia from Rome to La Spezia. It was a three and a half hour train journey from Rome. The last evening in Rome was bad as we had a bitter fight. So there had not been much conversation between us during the train journey.
As soon as we stepped out of the train in La Spezia, we were engulfed by a cool, refreshing breeze. Even the railway station had an immense touristy flavor. The vibe was so breathtaking that we forgot all our grudges and realized that we had landed in paradise!
It was not a B n B in true sense. I mean when you stay with the host in their house, it’s a true B n B. This house had three rooms for rent. Our room was very prettily decorated. This room was probably the costliest accommodation among all our bookings in Italy. But its proximity to the station and our hosts were so sweet that we think it was worth every penny.