After a few days spent in Deiva Marina we decided to explore the area. We would not go far on foot. City was placed on the coast with sea on the one side and from the other three sides rocks and mountains. On the beach from the north and south side, where the sand ended, there were steep cliffs. Timetable for local public transport was known only to the drivers. Our last hope was railroad which stretched along the west coast as far as La Spezia.
Crowd in the train could only be compared to the one from Japanese subway. Not quite sure how, but more and more passengers had boarded train on each and every station. People were crowded like sardines in a tin can. Compartments were running out of air. At one point we looked at each other and without saying single word we made the decision to “get off at the next station”.
Our stop was village called Manarola. It is a small but very climatic and colorful place. One of the five lying within the boundaries of the Cinque Terre National Park. Like other four townships, Manarola consists of one main street, which focuses on the tourist life of the town. The promenade ends in a rocky port with one steep cliff face on one side, and on the other terraces with beautiful panoramic view. Ideal place for evening walks.
After sunset we went to the train station in order to get back to Deiva Marina. This time the compartments were empty. Each one of us found a place right next to the window and enjoyed the view.