It was a clear and sunny day in August, perfect for walking the Cinque Terre trail. We had been staying at a friend’s family’s place, a vineyard called Buranco in Monterosso. To start the day, we had breakfast in the vineyard. What a beautiful landscape to wake up to.
From the mountains, we headed down towards the sea to begin walking the Cinque Terre. All up, it took somewhere between 6 and 7 hours to finish. We took our time, checking out each of the towns, eating and drinking along the way. Each town was unique and had something different to offer.
- We started in Monterosso, the largest of the five villages. My friend had showed us around the previous afternoon. So many historical buildings and stories to learn about the town. I loved how she referred to the old town and the new town. Both were old, just one was much, much older.
- Next stop, Vernazza. Perched out on a point, Vernazza felt like a great tourist place for the British. It was sunny and warm and easy to get an ice-cream. Plenty of people relaxing and sun-baking along the water front. While you can’t swim here, the local kids still liked to jump of the point when the waves came in.
- Corniglia is set further up the mountain and was our choice for lunch – our first Italian pizza and it was delicious! (I had pesto… there’s something about basil, I just can’t get enough). The colourful buildings that make the Cinque Terre famous are a real site to see.
- We had to catch a train between Corniglia and Manarola because of the mudslides in 2011. But the town had recovered well, and I felt Manarola was the hippyest place of the five villages.
- In the last village, Riomaggiore, we saw a wedding. I just loved the bride’s massive white dress – so Italian! On the way in to the village you walk along “Via Dell’Amore” with lots of padlocks with little love notes. This part of the walk had a very romantic feel.
After walking the Cinque Terre, we caught the train back to Monterosso for dinner. I discovered a delicious dessert wine called sciacchetra, a local specialty and made sure I bought a bottle to bring back with me. I bought it from the Buranco vineyard, where we had been staying.
The Cinque Terre is a wonderful part of the world. Full of colour and summery feelings. I’m looking forward to returning one day.
Do you like walking holidays? Where have you been?