took the trenitalita/train from genoa’s brignole station to monterosso then took a train from monterosso to manarola which is the 4th of the “5 lands”. did i say i really would like to retire in genoa? maybe i can open a chinese spaghetti restaurant. my dad used to make the best chinese spaghetti. too bad i don’t have his recipe.
genoa near brignole is a good area. it’s walking distance to the pier and is surrounded by museums and restaurants can surprise you in unsuspecting alleys.
as we got farther from brignole, we passed by many small towns including some beach resorts. this area is bound to have some beach resorts as this area is considered the italian riviera (i suppose). but, with exception of some resort towns, most of these smaller towns are pretty run down.
after checking in to our b&b on manarola, we took the train to explore riomaggiore which is the last of the 5 lands.
a church situated half way up the slopes of riomaggiore
found a mom and mom restaurant (qui cosi) on the other side of the slope. this pasta dish (trofie with pomodore and pesto) is probably a top 5 dish of my life time.
view near qui cosi
on our way back to manarola, this is the center of riomaggiore
i decided to walk back to manarola instead of taking the train. the trail is only a mile but it goes straight up. this is about 60% of the way up.
pretty close to the top
you could also drive from riomaggiore to manarola using that bridge on the left
or you can take the train. took us about 2 hours to complete the trek. here we see the manarola train station and some sea view as we’re descending the mountain/hill between manarola and riomaggiore.