Not a bad place to spend the day!
This evening we once again hopped the train to another town for dinner, this time heading to Manarola, the 4th of the 5 towns if you count them from north to south. The trains are great, right on time and just a few minutes to dash to another town for dinner! We went on a self-guided walk of Manarola's town and vineyards at sunset courtesy of Rick Steves guidebook, then headed to dinner at a cute place on the hill in town with a fabulous view also recommended by R.S. We celebrated our last night in the Cinque Terre by ordering the special, crab with handmade pasta, which was both delicious and fun to eat! I kept beating Damon in how much crab I could shell the fastest, he was struggling with the cracking and shelling situation! We thought of Pop-Pop and how much he would have enjoyed the crab dinner here. They brought the bibs and the shell crackers and the metal toothpick kind of thing to extract the meat. It was so good! After dinner the restraurant brought us a digestif as they call it (they described it as a "mixture of 4 herbs" that they'd probably made themselves and we couldn't quite decipher the flavors) and limoncello. What a great way to end our time in the Cinque Terre. Tomorrow we're on a 9 am train to Florence, via Pisa. Arrivederci!
They don't have a marina in Manarola, so they store their boats on the street.
Manarola has rocky beaches for swimming off of - we were happy we picked the sandy beach town but the rock formations are pretty cool too!
This little wiener's had too much good pasta!
Manarola's church, complete with older Italian men shooting the breeze.
Inside the church
If you were living out your golden years here, you'd probably spend your afternoons like this too!
Shootin' the breeze!
Picturesque Manarola late in the day
So pretty, with the terraces above the town
Doing Rick Steve's guided walk through Manarola
I'm not sure that I've ever seen such an adorable town!
Enjoying the last little bit of the guided walk
Quaint street, on our way to dinner
Dinner reservation for the "Gionsons"
This restaurant was literally perched on a cliff overlooking town.
After dinner limoncello and a digestif which I believe was a homemade Amaro.
Back at the church, making friends with a kitty
Damon and his new BFF
I'm not sure who's happier!
We stopped into a bar for a drink before catching the train back.