Cinque Terre, Moneglia, Italy

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Flag of Italy  , Italian Riviera,
Saturday, May 12, 2012

In Cinque de Terre, the towns are perched on high granite cliffs, and cling onto them like barnacles. The sheer cliffs fall away to the Mediterranean ocean, which is a deep bluegreen. The views were dazzling. On the cliff faces grow tall aloe veras, roses, and fragrant white flowers that smell like jasmine.

We started our day with a level hike from one seaside village to another, on a walk called the Way of the Lovers. That's because Italians (and other people) walk along this trail and put padlocks on the railings to symbolize eternal, permanent love. We then faced a climb to the village of Volastra, which is perched on a hill. This was the most difficult part of the hike because we climbed up hundreds of stone steps to reach Volastra, past terraces carved into the hills that were planted thickly with grapevines, olive trees, and lemon trees. It was very warm during our hike, so the fragrances of bee balm, sage, and roses scented the air as we trekked upwards. At some points during our hike, I walked on a dirt path no wider than 3 feet. To my left was a steep drop down the hillside. To my right were grapevines and olive trees. Below was the blue Mediteranean. In the distance, perched on cliff faces, were the villages of Cinque Terre.

I’m so glad that our tour included this hike; otherwise I don’t think I’d have done it on my own! The views were pretty incredible.

After reaching Volastra, we hiked down to Corniglia, which has a beautiful little bay, then we made our way to Monterosso, with its wide curving beaches. I think I understand why this part of Italy is called the Italian Riviera. I had a raspberry gelato, then headed to the ocean to swim. While I didn’t go all the way in the water, it was a relaxing way to end the day.

Tomorrow we head to northern Italy, to Milan and Como.
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Mom on

Very beautiful views, the terraces, the hanging city on the cliffs and the greenery. Did u encounter nasty insect bites?

Chris on

I have never heard of terraced vineyards before! How interesting!!

dad on is really breath glad u go to these beautiful places to see the handiwork of

ritawritatravel on

beautiful! can't wait to see Cinque Terre myself (future trip)

lynnloparo on

@Mom: No nasty insect bites! The air was really cool and beautiful, so there were lots of butterflies on the balm flowers! :) Love you and am looking forward to going home.
@Chris: Terraced vineyards are...scary! They're so steep! It was fun!

lynnloparo on

@Dad: It was really breathtaking!!! It was really scary!!! And yeah, the handiwork of nature is totally right. :)

lynnloparo on

@Rita: cool to see that you're planning your future trip hehehehe! It is definitely worth a look.

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