cinque terre, italy

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on the road to cinque terre

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.

biassa, italy


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.
blake and the wild animals
  ages later we found out that we were on the right path originally, but took a wrong turn somewhere around the cemetery in biassa - which was gorgeous by the way.  it was this tiny spot up on a hill basically across the valley from our hostel.  at night it's all lit up from candles and it's just beautiful.  the graves themselves are marble tomstones that line the ground, and also stack up a couple walls.  each one has color and black and white photos of those that lay there, along with flowers that are kept in bloom next to the candles. 

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.

a toilet
  the supposed 1 1/2 hour hike took us 2hrs - again we're old, and dawdle.  this is where we were lapsed twice by the teenagers.  it didn't matter though because wow that walk was fantastic, and fun, and wild, and the greatest hike i've ever been on.  we had the most gorgeous views along the walk - one minute you're surrounded by greenery and trees with like no end in site, the next you're out on a narrow rocky path with the mountain on your right, the ocean to your left, one town far behind you and one up ahead in the distance.  it was amazing.

p.s. it's great to be in an english speaking country again!

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on the road to cinque terre
on the road to cinque terre
biassa, italy
biassa, italy
blake and the wild animals
blake and the wild animals
a toilet
a toilet
hiking
hiking
relaxing
relaxing
the path from town one (riomaggior…
the path from town one (riomaggio…
the view from lunch
the view from lunch
blake and our old people walking s…
blake and our old people walking …
sunset
sunset
who knew san bernardino stretched …
who knew san bernardino stretched…
more hiking
more hiking
more hiking
more hiking
the third town-corniglia
the third town-corniglia
finally, after 2 1/2 hours of hiki…
finally, after 2 1/2 hours of hik…
Cinque Terre Hostels review
ostello tramonti
actually located in biassa, between la spezia and riomaggiore - the first cinque terre town. it's about 15 minutes bus ride to riomaggiore and the bu… read entire review
Cinque Terre
photo by: Eric