Friday Postcards from the Cinque Terre Ferry

 In Europe

Mudslides took out our hike and we couldn’t have been happier.

Now that the shocking statement is out of the way, let me clarify what actually happened. While touring around the Italian Riviera with my friend Tai and our three kids this spring, we decided to do a little hiking along the Cinque Terre trail. We arrived at the train station in Levanto where we were staying to buy tickets and head south for the six minute ride to the famous five towns. At the train station the agent informed us that all but 200 meters of the trail was closed due to spring mudslides. No hiking for us, unless you include the hills throughout the towns that we walked up from the ferry boat. Personally I think those hills count.

Oh the Cinque Terre ferry boat. I couldn’t have been happier that we could not hike on this incredibly hot spring day that we had planned to walk. It was almost 90 and I only had jeans and long pants packed for our 5 week trip through Europe. Yes, I was that lady you passed in Manarola who had her jeans hiked up to her knees. Sorry about that fashion faux pas. 

Personally, I think the ferries are the best way to see each town. The boat doesn’t stop at every town, but it does give you the postcard views you have actually come to see. Your kids don’t get worn out on the first stretch of the hike and you don’t have to hear them whine about how hot it is or how their legs are tired, at least not until you get off the boat and wander through town. If you only have one day and little ones traveling with you, the ferry really is the best way to go.

I am a little sad that we couldn’t get up to the trail to hike at least the smaller section, but we will get back there. My husband missed out on this trip and definitely wants to go back. As I like to call my trips alone with our boys– these are the scouting trips to see where we should bring daddy back to on his days off.

If you could only do one, would you prefer to hike or ferry ride through the Cinque Terre?

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  • Jill

    Definitely the ferry for me! Being on the water and seeing the towns from the water would beat hiking in the 90 degree heat.

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    I’d go with the ferry and get off one town to do a short hike. Views from the water are some of the best. I hope you go back soon with your hubby.

    • Keryn Means

      That’s what our plan was Mary. We were going to do the shortest hike and then ferry hop the rest of the way back. Sad we missed it, but just another excuse to go back!

  • Sally@Toddlers on Tour

    Every time I see pictures of this place I just wan to go more and more. What a great way to experience it by taking a boat with the kids.

    • Keryn Means

      Go Sally Go! No matter how you see it, it will be amazing.

  • Kariyn

    The ferry looks pretty great, but I definitely want to hike it! It has been on my bucket list since my first trip to Europe in 2000. I ended up getting side tracked in Eastern Europe and never made it to Italy. Now my son is a big hiker already at age 4.5 so I know we will do the hike for sure! Sorry you guys didn’t get to do it, but being on your own with your kids, I would say the ferry sounds pretty great 🙂

    • Keryn Means

      We really want to get back and do the hike, or at least a few sections. My toddler was not up for walking a lot of this trip. I’m hoping he starts to love it a bit more in the next few years so we can go back and show my husband the beauty of the Cinque Terre.

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