last and final stop – riomaggiore!

Riomaggiore was our fifth and final town! We took another choppy boat ride but this time, it was a bit longer. Riomaggiore and Monterosso are on opposite ends of Cinque Terre. This means we passed by all four of the other villages we visited earlier. It was nice to just be able to sit and…

boat ride to monterosso al mare

From Vernazza, we took a quick boat ride to the fourth village of the day, Monterosso al Mare. It was extremely rocky getting on and off the boat, so just a warning for all of you folks who get sea sick. If you’re up for the task, there’s a monastery (Church of San Francesco –…

a beach in vernazza

After lunch in Corniglia, another 4.5 km hike brought us to our third town, Vernazza. Find your way to the cave. Once you go under it, there’s a beach on the other side. It’s not the typical sandy beaches you’re probably used to. Instead, it’s a rocky beach. If you look closely at the rocks,…

lunch in corniglia

Corniglia was our second town and it was also where we stopped for lunch. A lunch that consisted of fresh seafood – quite possibly the best meal I had in Italy. I’d say it was well deserved after hiking and sweating for 4.5km. We didn’t do much else because after lunch, it was time for…

first stop, manarola!

This is where we started our hike. Our goal was Corniglia, which was 4.5 km (or 2.8 miles) away. The hike wasn’t too bad. But this also might have been because it was our first trail, so we still had the energy. There wasn’t too much to see, except a few tomatoes planted along the…

hiking on cinque terre

Imagine hiking along a muddy trail so narrow, that you have your back against the wall (or in this case, mountain), just fighting to make it to the next corner. One false step, and you could plummet to your death into the abyss of the Ligurian sea. Never to be seen again. Okay, maybe that…