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After eating some fruit for breakfast and grabbing a coffee we headed off for the big walk along Via dell Amore which is a path between the five villages. Between Riomaggiore and Manarola the walk is fairly flat as a nice path has been built along the coastline. Manarola looks just like Riomaggiore (in fact they all look the same, just different sizes). There were quite a few people sunbathing on the rocks around the marina, but nobody swimming. We didn't explore the town much apart from walking along the main road and the marina before we found ourselves on the next section of the path.


Between Manarola and Corniglia it got a little more challenging but still quite easy.

A view from our room
The small map of the walks say the first leg should take 20mins and second 70mins but they both take only 30mins each even with stopping regularly to check out the amazing view of the coastline. We made sure to stop along the way and get off the path and down to the beach. It was a rock beach but thankfully the rocks were all very smooth. Bec tested the water to discover it was very cold and even though we were quite hot from the walking in the sun, not hot enough to get in the water. This is why everybody was sunbathing and not swimming. After resting and watching the waves roll in we headed back up the stairs and back on the path.


Once you reach the train station you are faced with the slow climb up to the village. It's slow because of needing to stop and catch breath every so often because of all the stairs.

Quite a number of people were huffing and puffing their way up here. We stopped in the village for a nice little lunch and some refreshments as this was the central village.


From Corniglia to Vernazza the difficulty level really steps up a notch with lots of stairs up and down the whole length. The guide claims it should take 90mins and they are pretty much on the money. This path had us stopping quite regularly to catch our breath and also to let people past in both directions as the path was quite narrow. Once we'd reached the town all we wanted to do was sit and have a cold drink. This village was the busiest of the ones we'd gone through. We found a bar in the marina, took a seat and had a couple of beers.


An Aussie traveller was sitting at the table next to us and we got chatting about travels so far and to come all the while having more drinks. After a while an American guy turned up and joined us (he'd met the Aussie a few days ago in Florence). Our plan of having a drink or two and then returning by train to Riomaggiore for dinner was thrown out the window. Eventually the four of us found a restaurant sat and had dinner. We managed to get the 2nd last train at 11.15 (no chance were we going to walk the 6km back) and fell into bed slightly drunk and exhausted around 11.30.

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Craig typing out the travel diary
Craig typing out the travel diary
A view from our room
A view from our room
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photo by: Eric