|Baia del Silenzio, or the Bay of Silence|
20 minutes later on a very easy train ride, we would up in the town, which is more like a "city" here. A short walk led us to the main shopping streets, which were full of clothing stores, a manicurist (!), cute gelateria shops (I counted 6) and little alleyways that wiggle below the intricately painted facades that are so typical of Ligurian seaside villages. Sestri Levante, often only referred to as "Sestri", had a blue, cloudless sky and plenty of sun. No one told us about the wind.
Sestri is more or less on a little peninsula that juts off from the main part of Liguria. Surrounded by two beautifully named bays, the Baia Delle Favole on one side, and the Baia Del Silenzio on the other. The Baia Delle Favole, or the "bay of fairy tales" is named in honor of Hans Christian Anderson, who lived in the town for a little bit in the 1800's, and is a beautiful stretch of beach with private clubs and colorful umbrellas. The Bay of Silence is more intimate, a small horseshoe of sand, and a little bay of striking aqua with boats bobbing peacefully a few meters out.
|Your choice of lounge chairs|
|Baia Delle Favole|
|A little bit of wind|
It was sad, but at the same time another reminder of how very lucky we are to have the tourism that we do in Monterosso - the Cantina has been full almost every night. Guests are leaving much earlier, as many booked a room after the flood outside the Cinque Terre, but come here for day trips. Maybe they are even staying in Sestri, but eating meals and exploring the Cinque Terre during the day. Regardless, if you have the time, Sestri is definitely worth a visit, with it's enchantingly windy bays and shopping options.
Empty now, as they depend on Italian tourism, that picks up later in the season, the waitress explained, it's a lovely little seaside city to have to yourself. And I'd imagine they have wonderful wind-surfing as well.