Being mid September and mid week we thought that there would be no problem finding accommodation in Cinque Terre as the tourist season is over and the Europeans have gone back to work. Wrong. Cinque Terre was busy. So glad it is not tourist season, it would be wall to wall people in season I reckon.
Cinque Terre is five villages perched on mountainside along the west coast of Italy all within walking distance – that was the attraction – an easy walk.
It is breathtaking scenery, as you can see from the picture, but it is busy. We could not get accommodation at Riomaggiore, the start of the five villages, and we could not get parking. In fact, every place we rang along the coast was fully booked. A young chap overheard us discussing that we should try the far village next, Monterosso. At that he piped up and said that his mother had a room in Monterosso. We were dubious, but desperate, so we took it.
The drive to Monterosso is a zig zagging cliff perching rally lovers dream and the room is brilliant, one of the best I have stayed at in Italy this trip, large, comfortable and well equipped. We were very grateful to the young chap for putting us on to it.
Today was an explore Monterosso day, tomorrow will be explore the coast.