Sun rising at the Monterosso train station
Mural outside the Rimoaggiore station
Tilework in the tunnel from the Riomaggiore train station to town
Walking up through Riomaggiore
Trying not to wake the sleeping cat
We quickly reach the trail up from Riomaggiore
The trail basically heads up the hill, with Riomaggiore further and further in the distance (and further and further below us) as we ascend towards the Santuario della Nostra Signora di Montenero (Shrine of Our Lady of Montenero) overlooking Riomaggiore. The Santuario has been a place of worship since the 8th century, with the current structure originally built in the 14th century, then seriously restored (and revised) in the 18th and 19th centuries. We are now 341 meters (1120 feet) above our start in Riomaggiore.
Ascending above Riomaggiore
Santuario della Madonna di Montenero
View of Riomaggiore from the Santuario
View in the other direction, toward Portovenere
We depart the Santuario on the other side from Riomaggiore and hike along the ridge, through fields, vineyards, and the occasional yard. This part of hike is fairly level and we make good time along the way.
Hiking along the ridge
At one point, we pass a small private event space, a long walk up, but a great place for a group to spend the night and continue on in the morning. Last year, we had to wait for a long trail of backpackers who were leaving this space in the morning and heading down.
For your private event, concert, lunch, campout, ....
However, as we approach the halfway point, there is some serious up to do. At the top of the final climb, we enter a park and there is a small restaurant, for those needing of refreshment. But, we're on a mission: we take another swig of water and continue on.
Up to the halfway point.
To be continued.