We're in for a real treat. The wooden walkway at the start of the trail is damaged and the beginning of the trail has been rerouted over the original path that starts up the hill from behind city hall. This path is steep and rocky, but rewards us with great views of Monterosso as we head up.
Start up the old trail
Trail goes up
Monterosso grows smaller
Along the trail
After a while, Vernazza starts to appear in the distance.
We descend into the city and then back up the other side, continuing on to Corniglia. Soon, Vernazza is also disappearing into the distance, with Monterosso still visible (but much smaller).
Into Vernazza, then back up
Leaving Vernazza, Monterosso in the distance
Continuing up and through olive groves
Trail continues by/through refreshments
Soon, we start to see Corniglia approaching in the distance.
Corniglia is on the top of a hill, with 365 steps down to the train station, and is the only Cinque Terre town without a ferry stop. It does, however, have a wine tractor parked near the edge of town and I hop on to drive (stationary). These tractors travel up and down the hills over a single rail, carrying farmers and grapes to and from the vineyards. It's amazing to watch them move along as we walk through the vineyards, truly well-suited for their task and incredibly helpful to make these great wines.
David driving the stationary wine tractor
Train station below, 365 steps down
And, fortified, we're off for another swim.