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Europe » Italy » Liguria » Riomaggiore May 14th 2017

Today we decided to forgo the recommended hike to Portovenere since we'd already spent some time there. Instead, we decided to explore several of the Cinque Terra Villages which weren't on our self guided hike itinerary: Manorola, Corneglia and Riamaggiore. We took the train to Riamaggiore which is the first village (most southern) of the Cinque Terre. The village, dating from the early thirteenth century is known for it's historic character and it's wine produced by the town's vineyards. Naturally, we decided we should discover the finest of the town by starting our hike with a glass of the local wine and a plate of local cheeses at a great little spot with an amazing view. Our plan was to hike the Via dell'Amore (Love's Trail), a seaside trail leading to Corneglia, but it was closed ... read more
Riomaggiore - Manarola
Riomaggiore - Manarola
Riomaggiore - Manarola

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Riomaggiore September 8th 2016

Na een welverdiende nachtrust, gaat om 8.30 de wekker weer. We kunnen nog even een beetje wakker worden en de kuitspieren wat oprekken, voordat we opstaan. En dan blijkt inderdaad dat onze kuiten gisteren aardig wat te verduren hebben gehad. Het is even wennen om te lopen hahaha. Maar om 9.30 is het ons toch gelukt om de trappen af te dalen en daarna weer de hoofdstraat omhoog te lopen, want dan zitten we aan heerlijke verse croissantjes en cappuccino. Een half uurtje later wandelen we nog door het dorp langs de bekende kerkjes en het Castello boven op de heuvel. We genieten nog een laatste keer van dit magnifieke uitzicht over de kust van de Cinque Terre. Daarna terug naar ons appartement waar we onze spullen ophalen. De planning was om 11.00 de boot naar ... read more

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Riomaggiore September 7th 2016

De wekker gaat om 7.20, nog even blijven liggen tot de eerste keer repeat. Dat duurt naar mijn gevoel toch iets te lang en inderdaad, zeker verkeerd knopje aangeraakt, het is al tien over half acht. Dus snel opstaan dan maar, want we hebben een lange dag voor de boeg. Een half uurtje later zitten we weer uitgerust en wel aan het ontbijt bij Le Pirate delle 5 Terre. We nemen ieder een hartig broodje en een zoete lekkernij met een cappuccino en nemen buiten plaats op het terrasje. Even later wordt ons vriendelijk gevraagd of we misschien ook een speciaal sapje willen. Natuurlijk willen we dat, ook vitaminen zijn welkom, zal wel wat kosten, maar maakt niet uit. Het is een smakelijk en vers ontbijt en ook het sapje is uitstekend. Bij het afrekenen vraagt ... read more

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Riomaggiore June 16th 2016

We had some unfinished business with the Cinque Terra, which was really one of the main reasons why we returned to the Italian Riviera after only two years. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Cinque Terra, it is perhaps the most beautiful series of five villages that your eyes will be lay witness to. These villages are situated right by the sea along some very rugged coastline with mountains rising high above. For centuries, the only connection that these villages had with each other was by the sea, or by a coast trail. The people who lived here also managed to dig into this difficult land to create some extremely beautiful terraced gardens, plantations, and vineyards. In our last trip, we kind of cheated by walking only half of the trail connecting the ... read more

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Riomaggiore July 28th 2015

We have breakfast at the hotel in a large covered terrace with a spectacular view. There is a conventional toaster which I can work out how to use. We have decided that today we will do some hiking, which we have read is one of the very best things to do in Cinque Terre. There are hiking trails between all five villages. We have also read that a lot of these trails were damaged by severe floods and landslides in 2011. Five people were killed and another 50 needed to be rescued. We check the weather forecast. No rain is predicted for today. We set off to walk to Vernazza which is the next village to the south of Monterosso. The trail is very rocky and narrow, and winds around ridiculously steep hillsides that drop off ... read more
Climbing on the Trail, Monterosso to Vernazza
Vernazza and Cinque Terre Coast

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Riomaggiore March 28th 2015

At 9:50am we were bound for Italy. We arrived in Ventimiglia and awaited for our connection to Riomaggiore. Now our ride to Riomaggiore was the first one we were to board where we didn't have a ticket using only our Rail Pass. I have to admit I was terrified doing this, as all of our other rides have had a reservation which means a ticket in my hand. My brother kept reminding me that we can just hop on a Regional train using our pass with the addendum, "but if it's one you need a reservation for they will fine you!". So needless to say I have been a bit anal about checking and double-checking everytime we get to a station and this remained status quo when we arrived in Ventimiglia. We waited in line where ... read more
Susan's new friend Andrea

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Riomaggiore August 6th 2013

Met up with Oliver and family at 1000 and went to walk the via amore, only to find that it and a number of the other walks were closed due to landslides. Decided instead to get the ferry to Monterosso and then maybe walk some of the way back. Ferry trip was lovely but a little rough at times. Raechel, Jana and Roman weren't fans. It was very hot in Monterosso but it had a bit of a beach except that it was covered in umbrellas and chairs that you had to pay for! We found a bit of space on the public beach and went in. The water was pretty warm but nice, certainly much cooler than the beach. Erin wasn't having a good day and before she came in told us she could see ... read more
Raechel and Jemima
Cinque Terre
Erin and her jellyfish sting!

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Riomaggiore August 6th 2013

Well the recycling collector came again but it didn't wake the others up. I went to meet Mum and the girls for a swim, but no one came down to meet me. Went up the killer stairs and found them all asleep except Mum. It was quite overcast so we convinced Emily and Jemima to come with us and headed to the beach. Bumped into Mitchell and Raechel who had come looking for us and we we all went to the beach. The surf was pretty rough but the water was very refreshing. It was, however, a challenge getting out on the steep rocky beach through the crashing waves! When we got back to the apartments it bucketed down for a while so we had a quiet day, playing cards and catching up. We had seafood ... read more
View from our apartment down the street
View from our apartment up the street
The church at the top of the hill - Riomaggiore

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Riomaggiore August 4th 2013

After breakfast and a quick trip to the supermarket we double parked outside Raechel's place and packed then headed off towards Riomaggiore. We decided to take a scenic route and drove through the mountains which was very picturesque. We saw a helicopter medical evacuation and the Carrera marble mountains. We stopped for lunch at Lucca and ate leftover pizza, tomatoes on crackers and iced tea in the shade of the city walls. It was again very hot! We had a quick look around the walls and then headed off. The drive from La Spezia to Riomaggiore was spectacular with lots of viewpoints. We arrived at Riomaggiore just before five and found a traffic jam. When we got to the front they were not letting anyone in to park, so Raechel rang the hotel and was told ... read more
Lucca from the wall
La Spezia

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Riomaggiore September 20th 2012

Thursday morning we woke up to say goodbye to Florence and begin our last adventure: Cinque Terre. Continuing our learning experience from the run to the Rome station, we left at a decent hour. We walked along the streets of Florence to the agency to drop off the key and head to the train station: Santa Maria Novella. Gwosh had got the train tickets the previous evening, so we were all set. Along the way, we walked behind a woman walking her West Highland Terrier (Westie). I started laughing as did Gwen. The previous day during our vespa tour, there was a Westie at the first stop and Josh didn't like it - "Those things are viscious!" Well, my parents have one and she is by far the sweetest dog in the entire world as is ... read more
Walk to train
Outside Train station
Best train station food ever

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