We are experienced travelers and have spent 100 plus days a year in Europe for many years. My wife recently convinced me to go to the Cinque Terre, Italy. I agreed to go for a few days then go on to something interresting. We flew to Pisa then took a train to Vernnaza. This is a small village and as we walked from the train to the piazza (75yards) we were met by a local named Gianni Leonardini. Gianni ask if we needed a room. We told him yes and he ask if he could show us his room for rent. It was only about 15 stides off the piazza and only had two steps(rare in this part of italy).
When we entered the room we were stunned. It was as large as the Hilton executive room we stayed at in Rome. It had a full kitchen and a five foot deep shower. Gianni furnishes the coffee for the coffee maker. We took it immediatly. (939 0187 812059) email@example.com
Vernazza, the village has a charm of it's own. During the day from 11:00 to 17:00 the train brings in loads of day tourist. However in the evening it is quaint and charming. The children play in the piazza, the old women sit and gosip and the men discus world events. You can go to one of the little stores and buy a bottle of great local wine for 7 euro's and they will open it for you and give you plastic cups to drink it. Sit in the piazza till 19:30 sip a little wine then have dinner at any one of the wonderful restaurants in the piazza or go to our favorite El Costello. (the castle) The food was excellent. A normal meal for two with wine and three courses 50 to 70 Euros. Pesto rules, the best on the planet.
Gianni and his wife Titti are such perfect host and now we consider them our special friends.
Cinque Terre is all wonderful. All five villages have a special charm and Portovenere is nice too. Be sure to take one of the cruises to the other villages and walk the ancient trial between villages. We went at the end of May and plan on going back in the fall. I loved Vernazza and the Cinque Terre so much that we stayed eight days, which was all the time we had left on this trip. Check out Rick Rteves comments in his book about Cinque Terre. He is so right. Keep on travelin.