Cinque Terre - Five Italian fishing villages

Trip Start Jun 24, 2005
Trip End Mar 24, 2008

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Monday, August 1, 2005

Cinque Terre is one of the main places I wanted to visit on this trip. Cinque Terre consists of 5 small fishing villages each perched on the side of rocky cliffs hugging the Mediterreanean sea. The views are spectacular and best when you hike on their trails beside the sea from town to town. I was not disappointed.

The five towns in order are Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Manarola. We lived in Riomaggiore at an illegal hostel (hotel turned hostel without the proper license) with a spectacular view looking down into the town and the sea.

On the first day we ambitiously thought we could hike from town Riomaggiore to Manarola. The hike from Riomaggiore to Manarola and Manarola to Corniglia were easy. But Corniglia to Vernazza was tough. Even though the villages are down by the sea, that stretch of hiking trail made you climb to the top of the mountain and then come all the way back through some tough terrain. We did not go beyond Vernazza and rewarded ourselves to some pizza at a place popular with the locals and a big bottle of ice cold Italian beer.

On the second day, Anchit and I did our own thing. I took it easy and went to chill by the docks at Manarola, had a drink, had lunch, watched Children play in the water and even went for a swim. Basically what normal people do. Anchit on the other hand decided to go to the Genovi nudist beach to be in one with nature. I was told later that he was disappointed because the place consisted of mainly old men and other people who were there mainly to watch. He happy reported that he still enjoyed the experience because mother nature caressed him in all the right creases.

Our last night together, we celebrated our travels at a nice restaurant with great seafood. I had a seafood salad loaded with shrimps and octopus and possibly the best Gnocchi con pesto I have ever had. Yummy. We topped the night off with some excellent gelato by the docks before strolling on the trail back to Riomaggiore.
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faer700 on

That seafood salad looks so yummy...
If I were there I might have devoured the whole thing, and just live with the hives afterwards. :)

The towns are built so beautifully...the hikes we've got in BC are pretty nice, but they're nothing like that trail you hiked between all those towns!

jjwong on

Re: That seafood salad looks so yummy...
Actually, I thought there was too much octopus in that salad. There was so much I think I ate an entire octopus...

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