April 22, 2004: From La Spezia, we took the 6:15 pm train to Riomaggiore – the first of the Cinque Terre towns. The first glimpse of the coastline made our jaws drop –crystal blue water, perfect blue sky (and I though Maui was heaven!). Mrs. Maineri Rosanna was at the station. She walked us through a tunnel to the main [and the only] street in Riomaggiore – Via Colombo. Our apartment – her apartment – was at the beginning of the street above the ‘parfum’ shop. It was meticulously clean – bathroom, kitchen and bedroom. The only drawback was that it was right above the busy main street, so there was a lot of noise constantly.
We walked to the Marina, enjoyed the Ligurian sea and the setting sun, took some great pictures and returned to the village. Had a Bruschetta and Pizza at a local Pizzaria – delicious food! I cant seem to get enough of the tomatoes which are so fresh and delicious here!