Since we got here after noon, we decided to just stay here on Friday and explore the town. Cinque Terre is all about hiking trails and almost all of them go one direction...UP!
On Saturday, we began tackling the hiking paths between the 5 villages. We first took the train to Corniglia and hiked back towards Vernazza. The hike was a liitle work and took over 90 minutes. But again, the views were worth it.
Once we made it back to Vernazza, we took the train to town number 3 on our list, Monterosso. We decided not to try the hike between Vernazza and Monterosso because we had been warned that it could be dangerous especially if wet and the weather was threatening rain. Monterosso is the most like a true resort town and has the largest beach of the Cinque Terre. It is considered the Italian Riviera. This is where our students hung out.
From Monterosso, we boarded the ferry that runs between the 3 port cities and headed back east to Riomaggiore. In spite of the chop, evidenced by the white caps in my photos, the views were amazing! Here are the 4 other cities from the water.
We got off the boat in Riomaggiore and started the hike back west. The trail between Riomaggioare and Manarola is called Via dell'Amore. This path is literally carved out of the living rock plunging sheer to the sea. The hike was easy and the scenery magnificent.
By the time we reached Manarola, we were famished and decided to try one of the local specialties...farinata. It is a thin crepe made from chick pea flour. We sampled two variaties. One stuffed with cheese and the second topped with the area's other specialty, pesto sauce. Yummy!
The plan was to continue the hike on to Corniglia and then take the train back to Vernazza, but the path between these two towns was closed because of a rock slide. So, we hiked back to Manarola and then took the train to Vernazza. We ended our all day adventure back at Il Pirata dell Cinque Terre with the Sicilian brothers. The dinner was as delicious as the pastry and we sat next to two fabulous women from California and Oregon. We topped off the night with one more panna cotta with fresh berries!! All in all a delightful way to end a perfect weekend.
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