Travelled: By train from Deiva Marina to the Cirque Terre villages, €20pp
Visited: Cinque Terre.
Stayed: Camping Deiva Marina, €33 pn. All facilities. N44.21471, E09.51933
Campsites are not usually our thing, but the overly friendly manager at Camping Deiva Marina offered us a choice of 3 different sites, surprising we decided on the one with the most shade. By the time we arrived it was very hot and humid so the opportunity to escape the sun was appreciated.
So we settle in for the evening. The BBQ comes out along with the awning. After dinner the air-conditioning goes on, within half an hour the Hymer is noticable cooler. Whilst our little A/C is a bit noisy it does ensure a good nights sleep.
We get ourselves up for a coffee and get the day started. Our plan for today is to visit the 5 seacliff villages known as the Cinque Terre. There was a walking path that allowed visitors to walk between the villages, but following a landslip that route is closed. So train is the only option, hence our stay in Deiva Marine. Its railway station is only a five minute walk from our campsite. To get on and off at the various Cinque Terre stations you must purchase a special ticket, which in true tourist trap fashion costs four times more than a standard section ticket.
By the time we finish our lunch and relax over a drink its almost 3pm when we find our way back to Corniglia station. It’s full of people, a train has broken down somewhere and all trains are delayed. We wait 90 minutes for a train to Manarola before giving up and crossing over to the other platform and taking a train back for Deiva Marina. By the time we change trains again at Monterosso another hour or so has passed.
The Italian rail network can turn your day to crap very quickly. So we didn’t get to Manarola or Riomaggiore this trip. Whilst we could get up early in the morning and try the train again it would cost another €20pp. We have a ferry booked for Palermo from Genoa tomorrow So we have a drink over pizza back in Deiva Marina and chat about our day.