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Europe » Italy » Liguria » Cinque Terre June 13th 2019

A three hour drive to the hills just inland from the five coastal towns that make up Cinque Terre. We drove for 15 minutes to Telegrafo where we started a walk down to Riomaggiore, a beautiful scenic walk down to the sea dropping over 500 metres through rocky paths and steps through vineyards and churchyards and eventually making it to the end (well apart from the hike back uphill before dark at 9pm) A beautiful town stretching up the hillsides in the bay with multi coloured housing. Next day we drove to La Spezia to catch the train which went to all of the Cinque Terre towns. We went to Monterosso del Mare and after a wander round, hiked from there to the next town of Vernazza where we met Steve and Julie, old friends from ... read more
View towards Riamaggiore
beach at Monterosso al Mare
Vernazza near the end of our walk

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Cinque Terre October 10th 2018

Day 4 - La Spezia is a huge port town with cruise ships coming in and out every day, and it also is a base for the Italian navy. Needless to say, there are no shortage of boats around here (hehehe). While you won't find as much art and history as say a Rome or Florence, there are still a surprising number of museums to check out. All in all, La Spezia is a nice little town. Cinque Terre - to describe as an area of land, not one place. The Cinque Terre is actually a national park, a protected waterway and a UNESCO World Heritage site. No vehicle traffic is allowed inside the villages. This explains why the area is well preserved, it has a way of transporting you to a simpler time… a time ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Liguria » Cinque Terre September 4th 2018

Weather in Italy--Mamma Mia! Today's forecast for the Cinque Terre area in Liguria was rain and more rain. So we dejectedly packed rain jackets and umbrellas since we got soaked yesterday (sunny forecast). By the time we got off the train in Monterosso al Mare we were shedding jackets. Never did need the umbrella! What a gorgeous day! The expression in Today's title is what Igor says about someone who's done something good. So mine is for the weatherman who never gets it right. After a look around Monterosso, the first town of the five, we boarded a boat for Vernazza, one of the most beautiful. From the sea, the towns are most charming. The sea color is a deep almost cobalt blue, and the brightly colored houses of the towns cluster what almost seems to ... read more
focaccia lunch in Vernazza
From the Ferry -Cinque Terre
Portovenere harbor

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Cinque Terre » Monterosso al Mare May 31st 2018

Sometimes it's hard to decide where to go for a long weekend in Europe, this time we decided to visit Cinque Terre in Italy after a recommendation from a friend. Flying in to Genoa, we immediately headed to the train station for a 1.5hr, slow train, ride along the North West Coast of Italy to the first Terre, Monterosso Al Mare where we were staying. Cinque terre comprises of five small and different towns along a small section of the coast. The five towns are Monterosso Al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. All can be accessed by train but to go just one train stop will cost 4 euros. You can get a pass but we were quite sneaky and didn't pay for any tickets. As it was a sunny day on a Sunday, lots ... read more
Cinque Terre Coast
Cinque Terre Coast
Riomaggiore

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Cinque Terre » Corniglia May 2nd 2018

An American breakfast was desired...and great. Mike was dying for some buttered toast ...so pane con burro e marmallato was on order. All delicioso. On to a poncho covered day in Riomaggiore and Manarola...some brief respites from rainy drizzle...and hot water. Our Villa water heater went kaput ( or however you say that in Italian). It's back but I still haven't showered. We learned to be local on the trains... No one pays. Gelato, a cone of fried baccala (cod), shrimp, crab, calamari, and veggies as snacks. Mike tried his first Italian hot dog for lunch and loved it - quite a bit different than the American kind. Because of the bad weather the boats were pulled out of the sea in both towns that we visited. It's such an effort that the entire townspeople - ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Liguria » Cinque Terre » Vernazza May 1st 2018

Hike from Corniglia to Vernazza this morning. Started out sunny ended with cold constant drizzle unfortunately. First rain we've had...but more to come sadly. Won't keep us indoor tho. Simple 1 hour hike took 2. Stopped Alot for photos and a granita limone. Pics are first overlooking the town we are in, Corniglia, from on the early part of hike. Latter pix are of Vernazza...at sea level where Corniglia is not. The Rocky mishappen steps, some 6 inches high, others over a foot high, and uneven way really took a toll on my knee and hip. Nursing it now with naproxen, tiger balm, and may need some TENS stimulation. But the hike was SO WORTH THE EFFORT and pain. One town in a day is enough for me. Tomorrow we tryto get from riomaggiore to Manarola. ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Liguria » Cinque Terre » Corniglia April 30th 2018

Crazy high up in town of little alleyways and many locals. The first pic is from our terrace! Hikers abound too as does seafood and once again...it's italy...steps and stairs and climbs and hills. My.legs hurt tonight in our new abode for a few days... Corniglia, town #3 of 5 in the Cinque Terre. The small town much lower than us in one of the last pictures is Manarola...as seen from our town Corniglia. Tomorrow we hike more...to Vernazza and monterroso, and riomaggiore and Manarola.... read more
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Europe » Italy » Liguria » Cinque Terre March 12th 2018

Ok, by far, today was my favourite day and it felt like one of my travel days. We went to Cinque Terre and boy did we walk - so it felt much more like one of my normal trips. We had pretty crap weather again today. Pouring rain first thing in the morning - it was supposed to clear up around 9am... eh, it sort of did. So, we drove out to La Spezia to catch the train into the towns (since cars aren't really allowed, and def not giant motor coaches). The trains were an adventure lol. First off we got to the first station like 15min before the train was coming and our guide had to go buy the tickets. I'm still surprised we actually made it - we literally were running down the ... read more
Monterosso al Mare
Vernazza
Before they closed the area

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Cinque Terre September 21st 2017

We were able to see the last 2 Cinque Terre towns today. Some are nicer then others because they are directly on the Mediterranean. It was nice to take the train to these villages. As you cannot drive to them. We have had a couple of really nice days here. Here are some images from today. We leave tomorrow for somewhere 😄 Lowell... read more
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Europe » Italy » Liguria » Cinque Terre September 21st 2017

Our last day in Cinque Terre dawned fine so we decided to walk from Manarola to Corniglia. From the train station we walked through Manarola and continued up the steep road until we found the turn off for the track. There were a lot more people on this trail than on any of the others that we had done. It started off up the usual very steep slope through vineyards. The industrious people of Liguria have terraced the slopes over the years and they are extensively cultivated mainly with vineyards, but vegetables and other crops as well. We noticed the local people look quite fit and we doubted that you could get many Kiwis to work on such steep land. You don’t see a lot of fat people like you do in New Zealand, except for ... read more
CT Manarola to Corniglia Vineyard on Hill
CT Manarola to Corniglia Vineyard 2
CT Manarola to Corniglia Hills 2




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