Cinque Terre Travel Blog› entry 13 of 21 › view all entries
March 27th, 2009 – by: cotterb
When I got to the hostel I met a couple from Germany who told me a little about the trails. Then the other two roommates I had talked highly of it as well, so I gave it a shot.
I had already done the first walk from Riomaggiore to my town, Manarola. That's the Via dell'Amore and it's only about a 20 min walk or so. So I started to head the other direction. At first I planned on taking one of the longer more sceanic hikes, but the weather was a bit intimidating.
Corniglia was just as small as Manarola and Riomaggiore, and since it's off season and cold there wasn't a lot happening. I considered taking the next walk to Vernazza, but saw a sign that said it was cloased. Apparently there had been a landslide of some kind and that path was closed. At this point the weather was still bad.
Mostly it was muggy at this point. At 90% humidity I was sweating despite the chill in the air. The train to the final city, skipping over Vernazza to Monterosso al Mare, was a nice break from the walking.
This trail is beautiful as well. It was much more difficult and took me about 90 min. There were lots of tourists walking it so I don't think that it's a dangerous trail, but rather it involves a lot of stairs, and narrow paths next to small cliffs overlooking wine vineyards, and lemon/orange orchards.
Vernazza was the best city yet. It had lots going on and was beautiful. I would recommend people who want to relax in this area to stay here, and enjoy their time. If you just want to see it, I think that a day trip from another city is a better choice. All 5 towns have trains which run roughly hourly and can get you back to your city easily.
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