4. This probably goes without saying, but with diving comes swimming. We did a lot of this in Cinque Terre, especially in Vernazza. Beaches are not what you think of in America, especially where I live, in South Florida. Here you can see a beach in Vernazza.
|High above Vernazza, on the trail from Monterosso al Mare|
Sadly, the following picture of Vernazza does not really show the town in its glory. In October 2011, heavy rains and flooding left the town buried in mud. When we were there in June, major efforts were going on to rebuild, including draining water and reconstructing buildings. Since I'm not so handy with a saw, I bought two coffee mugs to help the economy.
|This beach area was a lot more bustling in the postcards, |
but people are working hard to make it prosperous again