Cinque Terre Travel Blog› entry 89 of 128 › view all entries
So this day happened to be my birthday, and Cinque Terre seemed like a great place to spend it!
I jumped on a train to La Spezia early in the morning, and headed out of Florence. After a quick stop in La Spezia, I was off to Riomaggiore, the first of the five towns along the coast of Italy. For those that do not know, Cinque Terre is just that - five towns along the coast, each connected by train and a walking path. Each city is breathtaking, and the views out over the sea are equally so.
After taking a walk through Riomaggiore, I went up to the beginning of the path and paid the three euro to be able to walk between the cities.
One in Manarola, I stopped and grabbed some lunch, which I would carry with me on the next hike. I really wish I could describe how beautiful the walks were, how much fun it was and how neat each of the unique little towns was. I hope the pictures do it some justice. After walking around Manarola, I remembered that the trail between it and Corniglia was closed.
Corniglia has some of the best views of the sea, as it is quite a bit off the water's edge. The next two towns were all right on the water, so I took this opportunity to get some great shots. I even bumped into some Americans there and we chatted for a bit...sometimes it is good to speak English! I swear, the hardest part about these hikes is finding where the entrance of the trails are from town to town! You can spend quite a bit of time walking around town trying to find the trail to the next one.
I began the rigorous hike to Vernazza next. I say rigorous because the next two hikes were by far the most fun! They were the most narrow and tedious, sometimes with a walkway a foot wide and a straight drop to the water to your left, mountain to your right. I really enjoyed it! There were times you had to stop and wait for people coming the other way to pass before you could continue. If you got stuck behind slow people, you could forget it! It started to get really hot, so I stopped off the trail and ate my lunch. It gave me the energy I needed to get to Vernazza.
After spending time in Vernazza, I started the final leg of the journey to Monterrosso.
Cinque Terre is an amazing place and a unique opportunity that should not be missed, even if you do not want to hike. I would highly reccommend the hiking, as you will find some amazing views of the countryside and the water, but the towns themselves are spectacular.