Cinque Terre Travel Blog› entry 21 of 37 › view all entries
July 10th, 2006 – by: jsuuronen
quite a decent ride, four hours or so to get there. once you get close to cinque terre, you are in tunnels the whole way, with just very small breaks in the wall giving you a glimpse of the nice beaches and impressive cliffs - continually teasing you.
once i got to cinque terre, i headed off to find the dolce vita - a little housing service run by a pretty crazy italian guy. as the book says, if he cant find you a room, no one can. he put me up in a nearby apartment for 20 euros a night with four aussies and two guys from long island. practically the first thing they said when i met them, was not to worry - they were mets fans.
cinque terre is five small towns built into the side of the mountains with numerous terraces along the north west coast of italy, somewhat near pisa. there are numerous paths between all the towns, and its about 12km from start to finish.
after a small fee i set off to hike the full 12km, it took me about 5.5 hours in all with a short break in the third city for a few drinks. the view was spectacular, and the weather equally so - solid sunshine throughout the day.. i tried to even out what has become quite the farmers tan. the path at times is extremely easy, and at other times, very steep with high steps. it winds along the coast, both beaches and along cliffs, as well as up into the mountains and through numerous vineyards.
each one of the towns were fantastic, but i didnt have nearly enough time to explore them all. i could easily spend a few weeks here just relaxing on the beach and exploring one town at a time.
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