June 10, 2012
Back to June 9 and our drive to Riomaggiore. We made pretty good time on the AutoStrada and got into Riomaggiore at about 3:30 pm. We had lunch at an Autogrill in a service centre on the highway. The food was really good for a service centre – we had tagliati-sliced steak with a salad, risotto with pesto, spaghetti with mussels and clams in a tomato sauce and a mixed grill with chunky fries. Petros got diesel for the car and I took over the driving until we were about 40 minutes from Riomaggiore.
The roads got pretty windy and the views were quite spectacular. It was just as well that Petros took over the driving as the roads also get narrower in the village. As instructed, we pulled over outside the National Park office and called Lorenza, the owner of Casa Lorenza, where our apartment (it has a name – Nettuno) was located to tell her we had arrived. She came to meet us in her cute little car, a Fiat Panda, and had us follow her into the village. She led us to a little parking pad in front of a house and Petros backed the car into the space beside another car. Petros is a pretty good driver – I would not have wanted to try and back the Scenic into that tight spot.
We unloaded our luggage and piled into Lorenza’s little car and off she drove to the apartment. We soon found out why she had such a narrow car – the road that led up to the apartment was barely wide enough for her car – she did a right turn onto the road with maybe on inch to spare on the left side. It was pretty impressive. It was a little walk to the apartment from where she parked her car. The view from the little garden that came with the apartment was quite pretty. Lorenza did not live on the premises but had a house within sight of the apartment – she pointed it out, but I really could not tell which one it was. She welcomed us with a couple of beers and cold drinks before leaving for her home.
|View of La Spezia, naval town on our way to Riomaggiore|
|Our first view of Riomaggiore from our parking spot|
|View of Riomaggiore from our apartment|
|More or less the same view, again (it is a small village)|
|In the village of Riomaggiore, on the main street|
|that's Petros in the bottom right of the photo|
|Fruit and vegetable store. The cherries were really sweet.|
|Down at the harbour in Riomaggiore|
|view from the harbour|
|It was kind of fun watching the waves smash into the rocks at the harbour|
|Section of wall along the sea|
|View of the harbour|
|Panna cotta with berries|
|Tiramisu and a glass of sciachetra|
|Boiled cherries with cream|
|Semifreddos with nocciola|
|Bavarian with local honey|
|The pipe player|
|Walking back to the apartment|
|Village at night|