Thursday, August 27, 2009

Cinque Terre

Took the train from Santa Margherita Ligure
to Riomaggiore
in the morning
- there's a train every hour to all five
Cinque Terre villages:
Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia,
Manarola & Riomaggiore
- the journey took app. 1,5h by a local train
- there's a special Cinque Terre one-way train ticket for 5 euro,
it's valid for 6 hours after stamping it,
and it's possible to get off the train at any of the 5 stations
and continue the journey within 6 hours,
the return ticket works the same way
There're different footpaths to choose from:
- seaside route
- extreme route
- mountain bike route
- horse-riding route
Chose the seaside route

First route: Via dell' Amore
from Riomaggiore to Manarola

Via dell' Amore
. Sun-bathing in a-not-so-easy-access place!
. It took only a couple of minutes to walk
from Riomaggiore to Manarola,
app. 1km
(estimated time of walking 20mins)
. A tunnel in Manarola
. Manarola
. . Manarola
. Route between Manarola and Corniglia
. The water was so clear & turqoise
. Somewhere up there is Corniglia
- before entering the village
there're more than 300 steps to climb!
Manarola-Corniglia: estimated time 1h10mins
- did it in 45mins
View of the sea from Corniglia
Did the same as the cat,
had a little break in Corniglia
Ate some fruit salad & tomato fogaccio
Way from Corniglia to Vernazza
. Olive trees on the way
Several meters above the sea level
Going up is hard
but going down is much more difficult
On the way, near Vernazza were plenty of empty "flats"
- no idea what they were & what for
Map of Vernazza
- Corniglia-Vernazza estimated time 1h30min
- did it app. in that time

Main square & port of Vernazza
Had a lunch by the port in Vernazza
Spaghetti with spicy tomato sauce
Rating: 4/5
- very tasty food
- despite the place was packed at the lunch time,
the service was friendly
- good location
Ristorante Gianni Franzi
Piazza Marconi 1
Sun-bathing & swimming
The last part of the route:
from Vernazza to Monterosso

Some parts of the path were extremely narrow
Steps up, steps down
The last part of the route is said to be
the most beautiful because of the nature,
and also the most difficult
Estimated time Vernazza-Monterosso: 2h
- did it in little less than that
Beach in Monterosso
Took a fast train from
Monterosso to Santa Margherita Ligure
at 4.55pm
- was already back at 5.33pm
Absolutely worth visiting Cinque Terre,
great walking there,
beautiful landscape,
gorgeous views of the sea from the cliffs
- perhaps August wasn't the best time to go there,
because of the heat and crowds,
spring & autumn would've been the best times

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