At the Cinque Terre Spring has burst upon us finally and in the past 10 days it has been action stations all round. The change from Winter to Summer time brought us out of the gloomy tunnel and blessed us with the extra daylight hours to get ready for the tourist season. Between storms and sunshine the outdoor platforms for the restaurants and cafes were completed and some of the tables at Vernazza boast new umbrellas in typically bold colours that are so much a part of the Cinque Terre tradition.
Volunteers cleaned up the small beach of Vernazza from the winter debris that sea storms had tossed up. And locals finished painting their bright facades that forever get a beating from the sea air. The place is looking pristine clean and ready to go.
The ferries are running, as long as it’s not too rough, yet it’s too soon for the canoes to be lowered from their safe haunt at the back of the church. The new timetable is out for the Cinque Terre Express train and the prices so far remain the same as last year.
I snuck down early morning indulging in the peace and quiet and moved on as the tourists spilled from the train platform. The cruise ship was in and it was going to be a busy time over Easter. On the trail above the village flowers perfumed the air and the vines were just starting to green, such a beautiful time of year.
In Corniglia late morning sun warmed tourists having breakfast in the main square where the trees are still barren of foliage and the tourists are less likely to be day trippers. Corniglia manages to maintain its layback atmosphere as the 380 steps of the Lardarina to get there remain a good deterrent to cruise passengers and the local bus often too crowded to be used as an alternative.
So be tempted, and come over…..and remember if you need an orientation day contact me!