5 Hillside Villages on the coast of Italy
10.31.2009 - 11.02.2009
Cinque Terre is beautiful, as long as you have good weather you could spend weeks there. We were only there for a couple of days, but on the day we left it was pouring rain, so it wouldnt have been any fun to have stayed any longer anyways.
The first night we arrived and stayed in the town Manarola. The towns in order from South East to North West: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. The hostel there was great, they even had a personal chef; cooking delicious Italian food for a decent price. They had a framed X-mas card from Rick Steve's on the wall, So we knew this place had to be good! For dinner we had some pesto gnocchi and walnut sauce gnocchi; we had the best italian food at this hostel, mainly because we couldnt afford to try it anywhere else. (just pizza)
There are a bunch of trails to hike along and in between the villages, since we only had one day we decided to do the most popular one and go from Manarola to Monterosso. The hike started off easy, but entering the town of Corniglia you had to ascend over 300 stairs.
On our way to Corniglia:
We made it!
Heading to the next town Vernazza:
Vernazza in Colleen's sunglasses:
Leaving Vernazza and heading to Monterosso:
Colleen on a bridge from Vernazza to Monterosso:
Darren with Monterosso in the background:
The hike from Vernazza to Monterosso was the most strenuous of all of the hikes between the villages, there seemed to be a lot of elevation changes, going up, and then going down, up and down...the path connecting the towns was really thin too you had to hug the rock on the hills if someone was coming from the other direction just to be able to pass each other. We couldnt imagine hiking these paths after or during rain, it was all rocks or thick dirt which would be extremely slippery when wet and it would be dangerous to hike, there weren't many rails along the edge either to keep you from falling down the cliff. But, the villages are so picturesque, it was definitely worth a stop to soak in the views. I love all the bright colors of the buildings too, it made it fun to take pictures of too :-)
Us on the beach of Monterosso, we stuck our feet in, but it was too cold for us to swim in, though a guy next to us on the beach dove right in (he claims it was much warmer deeper in the water, but we weren't willing to test his theory)
After spending some time on the beach we headed all the way to Riomaggiore to finish our loop, and walked from there back to our hostel in Manarola. This walk is called the lover's walk and all along the path you see tons of padlocks that couples put there to represent their love and they trow the key to the lock in the ocean.
Back to Manarola: