Cinque Terre (Italy)

Date: Aug. 28, 2015

Location: Sentiero Azzurro Trail between Monterosso and Vernazza of Cinque Terre

Distance: 2 miles

Elevation gain: significant, but unable to ascertain exact number

Time: 90 minutes

Debating the many choice destination in Tuscany, our friend Karen reminisced Cinque Terre as her favorite part of Italy, and we were glad to take her word for it.  Our Mediterranean cruise made a 11 hour stop at Port Livorno – 100+km from Riomaggiore, the nearest Cinque Terre town. We had a rental car with GPS arranged at the port, short on time, Italian vocabs but high on spirit, our adventure in Italy began.

Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore

Lacking time, we aimed only to hike between the Westernmost 2 towns, Monterosso and Vernazza on the famed Sentiero Azzurro (aka Blue Path or Second trail).  It supposed to be the most challenging yet beautiful section.  We were thankful for the calm sea condition allowing us hopping from Riomaggiore to Monterosso in this scenic boat ride.

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Leaving Riomaggiore on boat.

Approaching Monterosso

Approaching Monterosso

Once in Monterosso, with much finger pointing and gesturing, a friendly farmer directed us to TH.

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Looking back towards Monterosso early on trail.

The path wasted no time testing our quads.  It was a stairmaster drill on this 90+ degree sunny day.

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continue Eastward, with Monterosso becoming a speck in the distance.

Stunning Vernazza ahead

Stunning Vernazza ahead

Vineyards dotted along the path throughout

Vineyards dotted along the path

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Unlike most of trails I hiked, there’s home-made Gelato, and well prepared Italian gourmet to be had in Vernazza.  We hopped on the train, skipping Corniglio and Manarola, to get back to our car at Riomaggiore.

On the way back to port, we had enough time to visit one of mankind’s most recognized building.

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Tower of Pisa is part of the magnificent Field of Miracles.