We catch the train from Monterosso al Mare to Corniglia and start up.
Heading up (again), which we love. That is where the views are!
Once we reach the ridge, the path leads through vineyards and fields, with Corniglia becoming smaller in the distance and Manarola approaching.
Heading along the ridge
Corniglia in the distance
Through vineyards and fields
The trail goes through someone's back yard
With great views of the terraced vineyards and the Mediterranean
(Monterosso in the far distance)
Soon, we pass through the small town of Volastra and take the stairs (many steps) down into Manarola. Down is much better, the people coming up the stairs do not look happy!
Stairs (down) from Volastra to Manarola
Passing quickly through Manarola, we start up the steep path from town.
Serious up again
Followed by a similar steep descent into Riomaggiore, with more great views along the Mediterranean.
Final descent into Riomaggiore
Monterosso even farther away
Once we get into Riomaggiore, we wander over to the Via dell'Amore, the strolling path along the sea between Riomaggiore and Manarola. The Via dell'Amore is still closed by landslide and blocked off to keep the adventurous out.
We end our hiking day with a train ride back to Monterosso for an afternoon of swimming in the Mediterranean off the Monterosso public beach, followed by thoughts of dinner. So many incredible choices. Stay tuned for the next post!