Cinque Terre...... Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola, and Riomaggiore have been on my bucket list for years. If I didn't see the ALL the villages on this trip, I didn't know when I could return to Cinque Terre. We decided to go on the 9 hour Cinque Terre tour because it stopped at the 4 villages. Martina was fortunately our guide.
Now, friend's had warned us that the Ferry boats won't run if it is windy or raining. So the day of our tour, Martina met us at the Spezia train station and we started our tour. The Ferry was only running between Monterosso and Portovenere due to the winds. We visited these 2 villages and then, we started our TRAIN adventure to Vernazza, Manarola, and lastly to Riomaggiore. Because of Martina's committment to her customers we saw ALL villages. Previously, I thought seeing the villages via Ferry was the only true photo op. HOWEVER, at each village, Martina took us to incredible photo op places both up on the hills and down at the water. Her tenacity and determination to show us all 4 villages + Portovenere was incredible....she never gave up!! Thank you Martina a million times over for helping me accomplish my bucket list dream!! Martina is extremely knowledgeable, intelligent, funny, compassionate and full of stories and laughter....an incredible woman. I wish her well in her career. I will always cherish my time spent with Martina M.