Cinque Terre – Part II

Get ready for a visual feast because you’re about to get an eye-full! This was one of our favorite parts of the trip. Cinque Terre is made up of 5 towns and you can hike the old goat paths that connect one village to the next. Unfortunately there was an avalanche a year ago on the path that connects the last 2 villages and so the path was closed so we could only hike up to the 3rd town, Corniglia.

We woke up early and stopped at the market to buy some fruit. These grapes… I have no words. They are one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten. They are a special variety (I forget the name) that grows in Sicily and they are amazing. They have a delicate sweetness that’s unlike anything we have in America. Needless to say, we made a point to try and find these grapes in every city we went to.

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To balanace out the fruit, we also got a croissant and 2 cappucinos while we waited for the train.

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We took the train from Riomaggiore to Monterosso and started to explore. Monterosso reminded us of California. It had a beautiful beach and stunning ocean views and similar flowers… it was beautiful! (Lindsay, wish we could go for a walk on this beach!)

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Can you see the guy holding up the cliff?

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Writing a few postcards…

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That’s Monterosso. We hiked east along the coast towards Riomaggiore.

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The only wildlife we saw:IMG_6574

It took us a few hours to walk to Vernazza, mainly because we kept stopping to take pictures and gawk at the amazing views. Plus, why would you want to rush a hike like this?!
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Vernazza. We were in a constant state of amazement that these towns were built on cliffs.

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It definitely wasn’t lunch time, but it’s always time for pizza.

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It was so fun to peer into the kitchens of the restaurants we passed and see all the beautiful produce.DSC_0180

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↑ A semi-aerial view of Vernazza… ↓Corniglia in the distance.
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These towns built on cliffs are not only incredible, but they’re so cute a colorful!

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Not only are the homes built on cliffs, but so are the vineyards. The metal thing towards the center of the picture is a bucket-type contraption that has a motor and rides up the hill on that track.

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Drinking water from a fountain in the rock. It’s potable… don’t worry.

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We couldn’t agree with that above picture more! Since the path to Manarola, the 4th town, was closed, we took the train so that we could still explore the village. It was so picturesque!

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We found a perfect overlook to watch the sunset from.

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After sunset, we stopped at a market and got pesto, bread, proscutto, tomatoes, olive oil, fresh mozzarella, and of course those amazing grapes to have for dinner on our balcony.

Since we couldn’t hike all the way to our village because the path was closed, we took the train. Here I am waiting for it to arrive.

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There were signs everywhere alerting us to watch out for pickpocketers and this sign in particular was my favorite. It shows the worst crime ever… a thief stealing your drink and panini. Hahaha!

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Goodnight Cinque Terre!

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