in Italy2011, Ntrips, Trips
After being done with Pisa, we took a train to La Spezia and connected to Cinque Terre's Riomaggiore where we had a room for a couple of nights. They have 5 nice little towns connected with hiking trails and stunning views of the coast, ocean, towns, while going through wineries. Doesn't get better than that :)
The first day, we had enough time for a quick look and getting dinner to eat by our patio:
taking the luggage up was fun :)
The next morning, we went for the hike going to Manarola (town #2)
In Manarola, because the hiking trail connecting to the next town was damaged, we took a bus up the hill to a local winery, which of course made Jennifer happy :)
And from there, we hiked to Corniglia (town #3) through some nice trails and across wineries. Due to the lower route being damaged by a slide, we got to take the scenic high route:
View of Corniglia from the top
Eventually, we arrived to town #3: Corniglia and we finished the hike by taking the trail to Vernazza:
We didn't finish the ride to Monterosso because the last bit of trail was said to be very rugged towards Monterosso and Jennifer had already done a great job hiking all the way there with a bad ankle (which we foudn out later will need surgery). That said, it was more than enough hiking and scenery for the first day.
back for a sunset
The next morning, we took the Ferry to Monterosso, town #5, and visitted it as well as enjoyed the beach. We then worked our way back up from there by train.
Down to the boat dock
Via dell' Amore
Arriving in Monterosso
Second half of Monterosso, with the beaches, we took the scenic/high route there
After we were done with Monterosso, we took the train back to Vernazza (town #4) which we went through a bit too quickly the first day.
After some nice views around Vernazza, we took the train back to Manarola (town #2) which we also went through too quickly the first day. We hiked around for some nice views (we weren't able to hike the bottom part of it since the trail was damaged in that direction, so we had taken a bus back to the winery higher up and hiked from there).
Vernazza seen from the tower
nice view of Manarola
And from there, we took a nice sunset walk back down Via dell' Amore to Riomaggiore:
After a dinner, we had some adventure where we took a train North in the wrong direction so that we could catch the train going South to Naples before 01:00 so that we'd be allowed to enter the sleeping car and sleep while being taken down to Napples for a visit of Pompei and Herculeum.