Aftering spending our first night in
Italy in Milan, both our arrival and departure point, we headed south
to the region that is referred to as the Cinque Terre (prounounced:
"cheen' qway tare rea").
On our second day, we decided to take
the train to Corniglia. Our plan was to look around there before hiking
back to Vernazza. We had hoped to be able to hike all the trails between
all of the villages. The trail was not quite as difficult as the trail
from Monterosso to Vernazza and was a little shorter. However, with
my moving at near "turtle speed" and Larry stopping often
to take panoramas, it took us four hours or so to get there. Although
the temperature probably never got any higher than 85 degrees, because
we were in the sun for a good bit of the hike, it seemed hotter. Instead
of hiking back to Monterosso, we decided to return on the ferry which
took about 15 minutes.
If I am not mistaken, we spent most
of our third day walking through Vernazza. When we weren't taking pictures,
we were enjoying ourselves sitting and eating in one or two of the several
outdoor cafes that Vernazza has to offer. I also spend some time looking
through the little shops alongside the main walkway hoping to find the
perfect gift for my mother and two sons.
For the remainder of our week in the
Cinque Terre, we spent it exploring Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore
as well as hiking the trail between Manarola and Corniglia. Unfortunately,
due to the path having been damaged during unusually severe spring rains,
we were unable to hike the most popular trail, the Via dell'Amore (Lovers'
Lane) between Riomaggiore and Manarola.
Below you will find four pictures that
were taken at different points along the Ligurian coast in the Cinque
Terre. The first three were taken from trails between the villages.
The last was taken beside the road than runs above the villages on a
day that we drove down to La Spezia and Portovenere. There are many
more pictures posted on the individual Cinque Terre pages.
Click on the thumbnail pictures below to see full-sized versions of the pictures.