I am so glad that I was able to go to the Cinque Terre. My favorite by far was Vernazza. My dad and I actually took a train and stayed in a hotel right outside the Cinque Terre and then took a train into the cities the next morning. We only stayed a day, but it was very beautiful. We wanted to do horseback riding along the trails, but the horses at that point in the season were being used for agriculture, so next time I visit we'll have to go at a time when we can ride on horses. We decided to take the train to the furthest city and then come back in toward the mainland throughout the day. Initially, dad and I were going to hike the first trail and then take the train until the really easy "trail of love" which would lead us to the last city. However, because dad had decided to climb to the top of the cathedral in Milan
a few days prior, he wasn't up for the hike once we'd gone through.
So I ended up hiking the first stint by myself and met him in the next city. The hike was beautiful, and I'm so glad that I did it! As you go along the trail there were locals selling fresh lemons, and the views from the cliffs were gorgeous. I ended up hiking along with a couple of professors who were traveling together and a lone law school student who was meeting up with one of his friends after the hike. They were back packing through Europe. It sounded like an amazing experience. But they all provided good company and discussion as we hiked along the winding path. Once I met up with my dad we had some good local food, pasta with seafood. It was actually really good, even though some of the meat I had no idea what it was! Italian food is amazing no matter where you are. I don't think I ate anywhere that I didn't like the cuisine. The weather in the Cinque Terre was also perfect for our little day trip. Then we went off to Padua!