Alone Like a Rolling Stone

Cinque Terre, world heritage with charm

Portofino was since the morning behind us, the wind was still missing.
So we tried again to put our spinnaker, which again failed. A Little bit frustrated, we continued our journey towards Cinque Terre. Passing Chiavari and Lavagna, which we had visited earlier, we went along the coast.
In the late afternoon, wind actually came up and it was time to find a place for the night. But that was not so easy, because the bays that came into question looked rather uncomfortable. Strong swell standing from the west in the bays. At the top of Levanto we headed then for the very open bay and looked for a place to anchor. As in the days before, the wind stopped again towards evening and finally fell asleep. The anchorage calmed down quite soon and so we stayed with two other Italian yachts, quite comfortable at 5m and enjoyed a beautiful sunset at the gates of the Cinque Terre.
The night at the anchorage of Levanto passed without significant events and we sneaked out of the bay the next morning due to the wind with 2 knots.
The approximately 8 nautical miles of coastline, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, lies before us. The mountain range that characterizes the coastline drops steeply towards the sea. Five valleys interrupt this steep slopes at the end of each is a village. Four of these villages are located directly on the sea. Only Corniglia is on a hill. Hence the name of this region is Cinque Terre which means five countries or in this case five places.
An important source of livelihood is not only fishing but also viticulture, which is cultivated on terraces in the immediate vicinity of the villages. From the sea, the colorful houses look like blocks scattered in the green landscape. A really beautiful section of the Riviera, called Riviera di Levante. The initially weak wind freshened in the afternoon more and more up, so we  still progressing quickly by 5 knots and we could enjoy the a

rea relaxed.
At the height of Riomaggiore, the last place in the Cinque Terre, just to the southeast, we slowly prepared ourselves for the narrow passage between Portovenere and the island of Palmaria. The passage is just 100m wide but also only 2m deep. The church of San Pietro serves as landmark, because the passage is not really to see. All in all, an exciting story. We coped without any problems and entered the huge harbor of La Spezia as planned. Near the military port, we found a quiet spot and threw the anchor on 6m. We wanted to buy some food and made the dinghy clear.
To get to the city we had to go around the military port, which earned us a 20 minute dinghy ride.
We did not really like La Spezia itself. We did our shopping and ate pizza on the piazza. Then we made our way back to our Katinka already waiting for us.




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