The 5 Village Hike
Trip Start Jan 04, 2011
30Trip End May 07, 2011
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We arrived in Cinque Terre, at the first village of Riomaggiore. It was beautiful, but unfortunately raining which made hiking around a little less enjoyable. I want to go back and see it in the summer, it's a must! In Riomaggiore, we were hungry so we stopped and got lunch. I had some very good homemade pesto lasagna and then we continued walking through the village and saw some of my favorite views in all of Cinque Terre.
To get to the next city you could hike over this bridge called the bridge of love. It was similar to the bridge in Cologne that had all the locks on it, except the view was even more spectacular! The next village was called Manarola and looked similar to the first village so we walked through a bit and found a nice spot for some gelato. Then we headed to city number 3, which was called Corniglia. This village was home to many vineyards and wineries, so of course we tried a glass at a small winery where the guy spoke no english and put on some nice Italian music for us!
By this time we did not have a whole lot of time left. We had originally decided to skip city 4 because we heard city 5 was a must see, but then Jen decided we should at least make an appearance in city four because "it's cinque terre, I don't want to say I only have been to Quattro Terre!" So we stopped in citty 4, Vernazza, for approximately 8 minutes so Jen could take a picture at the train station. Then we went to the final city, Monterosso which is apparently the most popular for tourist during tourist season. It was getting late so there wasn't much to do, and of course it was still raining but we walked along the beach and the boardwalk anyway. Next time I go back it better be sunny and 80 degrees so I can put on a bathing suit and jump in! You will be able to see in the pictures how gorgeous it is even in the rain, so I can hardly imagine what its like in nice weather!