Yay for the morning! I was so glad we all made it through the night. We were back on the road and all looking forward to a shower. We had to get gas so we asked the wench. She led us on some crazy jungle trek on the tiniest little road the longest way possible. We thought for sure she was leading us astray and then magically we were right where we needed to be. Not only that, but we were in Lavanto, a small town that connects to the Cinque Terre by train. We bought ourselves a market breakfast and bought some train tickers that allow for unlimited travel between all 5 villages. We had asked the travel lady in Levanto where a hostel was and headed to that town. Corniglia is the name and it is the most central village of the Cinque Terre. All of these villages are built right on the side of the mountains and butt right against the Mediterranean Sea. This makes the views from each spectacular! It also makes exploring them a stairmaster work out. I can't imagine people building places to live on the sides of steep slopes like this. I read these villages were built to hide from raiders. I wouldn't attack them. We checked in to Ostello Corniglia then hiked across town to a restaurant. What a true Italian moment. Up on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean, lush valley green and vineyards all around, and eating authentic Italian food. Oh. Yes. After food we hiked all over. Corniglia has some amazing views. After hiking all over we took a little nap back in the hostel.
When we woke up we took the train to Vernazza, which was my favorite. Why you ask? A castle of course. The cove here is surrounded by cliffs, a bell tower, and a keep that overlooks the sea. Many pictures. We were back on the train to Montorrossa. This place has the biggest beaches of all the villages. We decided that we would be back the following day to do a little swimming and get some sun. After walking around we decided to have dinner on the beach at a nice restaurant. Very good food. Our table wasn't more than 75 feet from the water. Jealous? After an excellent dinner where Casey had his first Italian wine, we headed back to Corniglia. We had to hike 382 stairs to the village (Gideon and I counted). In the room while Casey video called my parents, Gideon and I manage to laugh ourselves to tears. We calmed down and I was out in a wink. I had been cold all day and found out why in the night. Apparently another fever broke and I was drenched in sweats for the night.