Early start and after breakfast of bacon and eggs which certainly was a peculiar dish nothing like our normal fare. We set out from Monterosso to Vernazzo a walk of an hour and a half. The first half an hour was very demanding climbing to great heights but the scenery was worth it. Some of the step climbs are very steep and not sure how they handle a heart attack as its pretty much inaccessible. Mainly rock paths and rock steps and only about two feet wide in a lot of it. Made it into Vernazzo and the main difference here was there was no beach as in Monterosso but the views and how the house seemed to be built on top of each other was something else. Large boats go around the bay every hour and seem well patronized. From Vernazzo got the train to Riomaggiore which was different again. Had lunch at a cliff top restaurant and the others were keen on a swim so went back to Monterosso. Wasn't hot enough for me so got the train to Manarola had a look around there and did the same for Corniglio. Corniglio itself sits right on top of a cliff and you may see in a photo the steps zig zagging their way to the top. Aftery walk decided to give it a miss. There are five towns here and the total distance between them is only ten kilometres but they are all individual. A walk connects all five although it would be a brave person to tackle the walk in a day. Most seem to do one one day and train it back to where they are staying. The most Aussies I have seen on the trip are here but also lot of Americans.
The beach at Monterosso is very good although the sand is a grey colour and a bit stoney. Things are pretty cheap for a resort type place not sure whether it heats up in summer. In one photo at Riomaggiore there is a cliff Joel dived off last time he was here. Some accommodations places actually rent a section of beach for the summer and rent out umbrellas and sofas to lay on.