Trek from Riomaggiore to Monterosso

Trip Start Jul 26, 2005
Trip End Nov 01, 2005

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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Next morning we were determined to make the most of the few days we had in Cinque Terre so we had a huge breakfast. The people are pretty nice here. We got a map from tourist info and headed out on a walk to go along the coast line through all 5 Villages. Pretty much straight away we were amazed with the views and had to get the camera out straight away! :o) The walk started out with pavers, so it was really easy to walk along. The waters were amazing with the beautiful light blue colours in the shallows, then raising up to the steep cliff faces in which we're walking right along, and in the distance you can see the groups of villages on the cliff edges - very inspiring to see! From the first village where we were staying (riomaggiore) the trek was pretty easy with some nice people to chat to along the way with some stunning views. We arrived at Manarola (the 2nd village up). This village was very similar to ours, and only had a small look around at a few shops before trekking off again. This time the path started breaking up and getting a bit more rocky, which was more to my taste. The 3rd town Corniglia was a little bit bigger than ours, but similar feel - i guess they all are, however soooo soo pretty. The people here must be loving life. I mean this is the most peacefull place i could imagine living. Great ocean views, with such a simple fishing life. The track after this town started breaking up even more, and got more interesting. Once stopped off at Vernazza, we were pretty buggered, as it has been quite a few hours trek since we started, by now the back of my t-shirt was saturated in sweat from my backpack and i had completely ran out of a huge bottle of water, so we decided to chill out a bit and check more of this town out for a while as this village was alot bigger. The views are just getting better and better! The towns are so pretty, but streets are so steep and ya legs hurt just walking around. haha Maybe i'm getting unfit on this trip :oP Here we looked all around at what it had to offer, and had yummy gelato (well dan did) i had a vanilla thickshake - yes yes i know, here i go with my vanilla again!!! im a simple man what can i say! :o) haha! We went up to the lookout of this town for a while and just gazed at everything it has to offer. The people are very relaxed here, and you can see why! I cant get over house crystal clear and torquise blue the water is here! So tempting just go head for a dive - which we actually did see at an earlier village.

The last hike from Vernazza to the end village Monterosso was crazy! We were walking right on the cliff edge with about a foot of loose gravel/rock to tread on! hahaha i loved it :o) The level of rating of the path has slowly been deminishing pretty much till what we're experiencing now! I dont recommend fragile people taking this what so ever as quite a bit of the track can get quite dangerous. The views that i was seeing, hundreds of metres up on a cliff edge looking at all the forest surrounding us then down to the sparkling water curving around the coast was just so awesome! This place does take your breathe away. From here we had alot more of climbing and descending to do - yet again quite a few close calls to slipping over the edge. At this moment we were quite buggered, and my entire t-shirt now was covered in sweat! mmmm yum! :oP haha! Monterosso looks like it was the biggest of all the villages and had a great sandy beach. We stopped off at the first bar up near the cliff edges we came across which overlooked the bay and beach, while looking at the rest of the town ascending up to the mountains behind. So colourful! I had to down a few beers - i deserved it! and dan did exactly the same. The hike had taken quite a bit out of us - 5 hours all up, and now im looking forward to a bit of a look around. After some shopping and searching for ages for the cheapest restuarant to eat in, we found some place and ate some pasta before taking a few last snap shops to then catch the 1am train home. All towns have had very interesting things to buy and are so pretty that you feel rewarded just by walking around looking up.

Next morning we were up in and out the shower very quickly (because 1. we were running late, and 2.... never had any hot water in the first place haha). We got a few apples and bananna's before saying goodbye to our little cabbin style room and headed off to La Spezia train station as its time to head to Pisa, then onto Florence.

Upon arriving at La Spezia train station we bumped into these other 2 people which were also going to Pisa first then Florence. THe girl (Carly) was from Canada and 22, and the guy she was traveling with met each other in Interlaken before traveling to Cinque Terre together. He was Neil from U.S., Wisconsin and 23. Both sounded like really nice people.

Cinque Terre is a really nice small place, with 5 beautifull fishing villages. Big cities are great and all and must be experienced. But nothing can beat the beauty of small interesting and scenic places like this. Its a totally different experience and in my opinion can not be missed out on. I loved this place and would recommend it as a must to anyone that is going to travel Tuscany. The weather we had also was just so perfect and way above 30 degree's celcius for sure. Wish i could of spent another day or two here just to soak up the beach and the scenery.

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