cinque terre, italy
Cinque Terre Travel Blog› entry 20 of 22 › view all entries
competition over-mine and blake's absolute favorite spot in europe is cinque terre. if you ever visit italy, you have to, absolutey must visit cinque terre. it's in the northern section of italy and it's this small area of five villages set along the coast line. it takes (supposedly) 5 hours to walk through all of them, but it's absolutey gorgeous and completely worth it.
the walks themselves are a mix of man-made paths along the beach and hikes full of one person narrow paths along the mountain-side. we're talking full on hikes-it was supposed to take 90 minutes from town 3 to 4-it took over 2 hours! of course we're old and slow and feeble and got passed up by young teenager-filled school groups twice-but whatever-we weren't heavily breathing and gasping for air!
the hikes are indescribable-we'll put pictures up as soon as we can.
our first day into the cites was the 25th. blake and i missed the first bus in from where we stayed in biassa so we asked the guy behind the front desk if it was possible to walk to the first town -- riomaggiore. between the language barrier he said yes, it's about a 1/2 hour -- but i think that barrier was kind of a big deal because 2 hours of walking later and we still weren't there! granted we dawdle quite a bit, taking pictures here and there, we still thought it seemed a bit long. we saw some awesome stuff on the way though. walked through a gorgeous forest like area, a 1000+ meter long tunnel where we got some cool photos, and along a mountside highway that came out of nowhere. it was also along that highway where a bus came by and we finally hitched a ride to riomaggiore and arrived there a grand total of 2 1/2 hours after we left the hostel! but it was a good trip.
eventually in riomaggiore we found good wine and pizza, then walked along the gorgeous coastline scenery to manarola, stopped at a bar for drinks along the via del amore and signed the wall, and ran into a singing baby-twice!
since we had a late start, and took our time strolling once we arrived in the towns, we decided to stay another day to explore some more so today we took the train into corniglia, looked around, and then took off on the hike to vernazza.
p.s. it's great to be in an english speaking country again!