Hiking the Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre Travel Blog› entry 16 of 32 › view all entries
May 19th, 2007 – by: ienjoybeingagirl
We bought our Cinque Terre hiking pass and then wandered around Riomaggiore (where we saw one of the hottest fisherman in our lives) before heading to the boat.
We arrived in Monterosso, and Sagra dei Limoni (Festival of Lemons) was going on. It's a 3 day festival for the village, and there is even a contest for the largest lemon in Monterosso! There were yellow and green streamers decorating the piazza, lemon decorations in the windows, and there were many people selling lemons and lemon-related souvenirs. All of these little kids were selling the arts & crafts they made of lemons, and they were just adorable! We ended up buying fruits (no lemons though) and water from one of the vendors in the village, we were so proud of ourselves because we were able to converse in Italian and she actually understood us :)
We set off on our first hike -- Monterosso to Vernazza.
The view as you walk from Monterosso to Vernazza is so gorgeous. It was the picture perfect postcard view of Cinque Terre. We arrived in the village and immediately went to Pizzeria Ercole for some of their margherita pizza that we've heard so much about!!! It was so delicious and definitely gave us some fuel for the rest of our hike.
The Vernazza to Corniglia hike was another hard one, but it was shorter and took us 1.5 hours. You pass th ough a lot of vineyards, olive groves, and vegetation. I also tripped on one of trails here which was embarrassing, but luckily no one saw me but my sister!!! Some of the trails are narrow so you have to let others pass while you stand to the side, I don't think I've said "Buon giorno!" and "Grazie!" so much in my life! Corniglia was another pretty village and had some cute stores.
After getting lost, we found the trail that went from Corniglia to Manarola. This was an easy one for us since most of it consisted of walking down tons of stairs. This portion of the hike took us about an hour. Manarola was nice but there wasn't much there that interested us.
Finally, we were on our way from Manarola to the final village -- Riomaggiore! This one only took us 30 minutes. I really liked this trek because it was flat, short, and easy :) You get to see the Via Dell'Amore which was really amazing to see because of all of the graffiti and love proclamations. I loved it!!
We finally arrived back in Riomaggiore, feeling absolutely disgusting (it was so hot that day!!!) but proud of ourselves that we did it.
We did our laundry and then got the biggest pizza ever!!!! We ate our pizza and limoncello (it was gross) on our balcony. Michelle went back inside the room, while I decided to sit on the balcony and write in my journal. All of a sudden I felt someone staring at me, so I looked down and this guy was just standing underneath our balcony and staring at me!! I gave him a dirty look and ignored him.
There was also a grandpa who lived across from our building, and his window looked straight into our room. We always saw him peeking out his window at us, and when we would catch him, he would hide HAHA!
We had an early train to Nice the next day, so we fell asleep watching this hilarious Italian talent show, with some of the worst singers we've ever heard. I absolutely loved Cinque Terre, though I'm not sure I would do the hike again :)
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