04/28/2014 - 04/28/2014 60 °F
We anchored off of the Ligurian coast of Italy, in Portovenere. The “Case Torri” (tower houses, 6 to 8 stories high) formed part of the town’s defense. The Genoese built them so that each one has an exit from the back of the upper rooms for a hasty run to the safety of the town castle.
We both escorted all-day tours, starting by bus in Portovenere – it was a raining day (one of the amazingly few in the past 4 months of our travel). The floats you see in the bay here are an indication of mussel farming.
Buses took us to the train in La Spezia and from there to our destinations along this eleven mile stretch of the Italian Rivera. Our two groups would visit four of the Cinque Terre (“five villages”).
The coastline is rugged (this picture is of a large town along the way) and until 50 years ago the colorful small fishing villages were only reached by tiny boats. The next photos are random views of three of the villages: Manarola, Corniglia and Vernazza on Ed’s tour.
My tour focused only on the town of Monterosso al Mare.
Our final view upon our return to Portovenere, while waiting for the tender to bring us back to Crystal Serenity