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May 10th 2017
Published: June 1st 2017
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Our room at Sole E Luna
Leaving Florence by train through the Tuscany Region and then arriving in our "home" for the next week, Sestri Levante. We were able to walk to our hotel, the Sole e Luna, which was located right at the beach with amazing views from our balcony. For the next five days we'd start out there each morning after a quaint breakfast with "Mama Mia" and travel by train to one of the villages of the region and then spend the day hiking to one or several other villages.



For first day of hiking, we took a Train to Levanto and then walked to Monterosso. This is the description from our walking tour notes; "This morning take a train transfer to Levanto and spend some time in the historical centre dating back to the 12th Century. From here, you ascend through ancient colonial houses to Punta Mesco, with spectacular views of the marine reserve and beaches below you. Arriving at the ruins of Eremo of Sant'Antonio; descend towards Monterosso. Return to Sestri by train. Distance 7km; approx. 4 hours walking. Ascent 350m, descent 350m.



Monterosso ended up being both Alec and Ralf's favorite of the villages. After
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Alec's room at Sole E Luna. Check it out, he got Mom's favorite color!
a long first day of hiking, one mildly sprained ankle (Way to go Mom!), many wonders around each bend of our hiking trail, beautiful wildflowers, extreme enthusiasm on Alec's part, we caught our first glimpse of Monterosso a quaint seaside village, nestled below the cliffs. Then we had to descend quite a ways before entering into the village and enjoying a meal seaside. Coincidentally, we were seated next to a mother and daughter from Canada. Said daughter Stephanie invited Alec for a dip in chilly sea where they could share a single tower but he declined. Yes, we razzed him a bit on this for the next days!


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The view from our balcony.
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Chiesa di Sant'Andrea (Church of St Andrew) An example of 13th century Ligurian Gothic style with it's facade decorated in black and white bands, and a magnificent rose window (18th century) surmounting the main door.
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Chiesa di Sant'Andrea (Church of St Andrew)
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Levanto - Punta Mesco - Monterosso

Chiesa di Sant'Andrea (Church of St Andrew)
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Levanto - Punta Mesco - Monterosso

Chiesa di Sant'Andrea (Church of St Andrew)
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Chiesa di Sant'Andrea (Church of St Andrew) Alec tod me if I was really skilled, I could superimpose this picture with the previous one creating a pretty awesome photo...but I'm not so this is all you get...one picture with too much light exposure and one with not enough!
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Our first view of the sea from the start of our hillside hike.
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Looking down to Levanto, our starting point for the day.
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oking down to Levanto, our starting point for the day.
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First of many cats we encountered during our hikes. Why didn't I stash some cat treats in my backpack. The boys didn't find the cats nearly as interesting or adorable as I did!
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Our first stop, Hotel Bar La Giara del Mesco
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The beer there tasted so good!
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The view from our stop.
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Now on to more hiking. This was considered Punta Mesco and it is the promontory dividing the Cinque Terre from the Levanto Coast. The trail crosses the entire promontory and runs along juniper bushes, heathers, pine trees, it shows from time to time the layers of sandstone and clay composing the whole mountain. This is the Cique Terre National Park and during the walk we met only a few houses and no villages at all on this section. In fact, in the past hermits used to come here and take refuge.


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