Friday, May 29, 2020

Arriving in Monterosso al Mare (Cinque Terre) and Hiking to Vernazza

We catch a flight from Frankfurt to Milan and take the train from Milan to Monterosso al Mare, the northernmost town in Cinque Terre, on the Mediterranean between Genoa and Pisa.  On arrival, we drop our luggage off at Hotel Villa Steno, where we stay and truly enjoy our visit every year, and start up the trail to Vernazza, the next town south.

 A few quick views of Monterosso

Heading to Vernazza

The trail leads up from Monterosso's old town, heading quickly up to the ridge along the Mediterranean and then along the ridge for 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 hours (individual speeds and times may vary) to Vernazza.  Along the way are tempting views of the sea, the coast, Monterosso in the rear, and Vernazza ahead.

 Along the path

We've done this hike every year for the last ten or so years and it never ceases to show us new sights and to offer us new delights.

 Continuing the hike

Soon, Vernaza starts to appear in the distance, growing larger and larger as we approach, rounding corners and getting quick peeks of the city through the trees.

 Vernazza growing closer

Entering Vernazza, we descend the steps through the narrow city streets to the piazza at the harbor, where people are playing in the water and relaxing in the cafes.

 Streets and piazzas of Vernazza

Catching the train back to Monterosso, we find that an art show has set up in Piazza Garibaldi, between the train station and our hotel.

 Art on the way back

We've had another great introduction to Cinque Terre and are ready for a few days of exploration and fine dining on delicious treats fresh from the sea.

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