I’m going to skip the middle town in Cinque Terre and jump to
Vernazza to explain the next best economical, heck, even free, thing to do in
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
|High above Vernazza, on the trail from Monterosso al Mare|
That’s a step above most of the
other beaches in the area, which are made of rocks.
What is so awesome about this beach is that
you don’t even need a beach towel.
didn’t carry one with us the whole time in Cinque Terre. Actually, we didn’t
carry one because I was too cheap to buy one, but I digress, because all you really
need to do is sun yourself on the rocks.
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
Still, the swimming here is glorious. And though the water may be cold, the sun is scalding hot.
While you’re saving money on your beach days
and no towels, don’t scrimp on the sunscreen, I could feel the rays burning
into my flesh.
Total Cost: Free
Best Deal: Actually, here’s the not best deal: the beach in Monterosso
al Mare, which you have to pay for in most parts.
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