Sunday, June 8, 2014

Cinque Terre Day 2

Day 2 of Cinque Terre was even better than the first. The plan was to explore the remaining three towns: Vernazza, Corniglia and Manarola. Due to delayed and canceled trains, we had to skip Corniglia. As they say, two out of three ain't bad. The two towns we saw today were my favorites. It didn't hurt that the weather was absolutely perfect. I cannot get over how the sun sparkles in the turquoise Ligurian Sea. Stunning!

The towns themselves only take a few minutes to walk through. Generally there is a main street with a bunch of restaurants and gelatarias. There is also a church and maybe a town hall. Not too much to see. The real action is in the landscape. We wanted to walk from Vernazza to Corniglia, but unfortunately the easier trail was closed. We accidentally found ourselves on an expert-only panoramic hike, which was not at all appropriate for a woman in a sundress and a man with a baby strapped to his chest. We had to very carefully work our way back to solid ground, but not before capturing some great views.

We took the train to Vernazza and walked on the path toward Monterosso. You have to pay to walk the path, but we just went a few hundred feet to look at the view. Along the way, we saw the aftermath of the flooding from 2011. Today you would never know anything happened in the towns themselves, but it was a devastating flood that nearly destroyed Vernazza and Monterosso.

To get back to Levanto, we decided to go by boat and I'm so glad we did! The views cannot be beat. I loved seeing all five towns lined up like little pastel jewels along the coast.

Before I leave Cinque Terre, I must tell you about one of their delicious specialties called farinata. It is a thin chickpea pancake that is absolutely delicious. I could eat my way through this region. I mean, I did eat my way through. Between the creamy, refreshing gelato; the salty and flavorful pesto; and the endless pastas...let's just say it's a good thing I was only here a few days.

Read more about this trip:
Cinque Terre Day 1
A Night in Chianti
Wine Tasting in Tuscany
A Taste of San Gimignano
Last Day in Italy

1 comment:

  1. oh, I agree that these were soooo beautiful. You had a sundress and when I traversed the towns, I was wearing a wool long sleeved sweater and was very warm. The hike was scary since I don't love heights and steep trails, but the scenery made it all worthwhile. (not to mention the gelato at the end of the trail!)
    Love reliving it and learning more from your travels, Calli.
    Love, Mom