We take the short train ride from Monterosso to Vernazza and start up the hill below the town. We are quickly rewarded with a great view of Vernazza, with Monterosso in the distance.
Vernazza, Monterosso in the distance
The trail continues up the hill and along the ridge overlooking the Mediterranean.
Up and along the path
Soon, from the highest point in this trail (208 meters/682 feet above the sea), we see Corniglia in the distance, whose name is believed to be derived from the Italian word (corno) describing the rocky spur from which it dominates the sea.
The path heads toward the city
Corniglia grows larger and Monterosso grows smaller in the distance.
Corniglia grows larger, Monterosso grows smaller
We enter Corniglia and zip through the town to the trail out toward Manarola.
Leaving Corniglia, looking down the coast toward Manarola
The path heads steeply up steps and trails to the ridge about Corniglia, then continues along the ridge and along the sea.
Heading up to the ridge
Views of Corniglia and Monterosso from the ridge
Manarola in the distance
We continue on trails and steps, up and down the ridge, through vineyards (where workers are picking the grapes) and the small town of Volastra, approaching Manarola.
More trail and steps
The terraced vineyards of Cinque Terre are the result of centuries of work and a culture intimately linked to wine. This area, with it's thousands of kilometers of dry stone walls has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.
Vineyard workers heading to work
Manarola appears closer and we descend into the city.
Descent into Manarola
Corniglia and Monterosso in the distance
For lunch, we reward ourselves with frito misto (mixed), pizza Emy (tomato, mozzarella, gorgonzola), and a small charcuterie platter.