The views of the Mediterranean, as we climb up out of Monterosso, are spectacular. First, the stairs up to the trail entrance booth, where we pay for one day's hiking.
Leaving Monterosso al Mare at the public beach
Monterosso in the distance, getting progressively farther away
Olive groves and vineyards along the trail
Entrepreneurs setting up shop
As we pass the half-way point, Vernazza starts to appear in the distance and slowly grows larger and more distinct.
Vernazza appearing in the distance (still a ways to go)
Vernazza getting closer
Descending into Vernazza
Vernazza main street from the train station to the harbor
We'll be back for lunch, but, first, we're off to the next town, Corniglia.
Up the steps, leaving Vernazza
Vernazza getting smaller as we climb
Monterosso even farther away, Vernazza in the foreground
We return to the top of the ridge and continue along the Mediterranean toward Corniglia.
Up, then along the path to Corniglia
As we go up, we pass one of the small tractors used to bring provisions up the stone steps to houses and restaurants. And, at the half-way point, a small bar. Very civilized!
How to bring big/heavy items up the steps
Corniglia is small, perched on the top of a hill, with steps down to the train station and no ferry stop. All the other Cinque Terre towns are served by both train and ferry, except Corniglia, which does not have a harbor..
Steps down to the train station
Reaching the station, catching the train back to Vernazza
Today's walk took us about 2.5 hours and it is time for lunch. We head back to Vernazza, to Bar de la Torre, that we passed as we climbed up from Vernazza on our way to Corniglia.