In “real time” it is February 2017 but the events of this post happened in September 2016. It is part 3 of 4 of our time in Cinque Terre. I hope you enjoy reading my story.
Another good day for a hike in Cinque Terre. While we waited for our new friends, I could observe”the locals”, the people who live in Vernazza. I watched workers bringing goods on trolley, old ladies sitting on a bench to have a chat and a young mom walking down the main street with her baby carriage. Of course, we also noticed the tourists with their back packs or suitcases heading to the train station. As soon as our friends arrived by train, we started our hike . Again, we appreciated the views on Vernazza .It was wonderful to see the village from above. The color of the water was just fantastic. We saw some guys working on the trail.
We ended up in Corniglia at noon. Corniglia is a quiet town-the only one of the five villages not on the water. The buildings, narrow lanes and stairways of Corniglia are strung together amid vineyards high on cliffs. We found a little restaurant to have lunch and visited the town . I liked it. It was maybe more quiet than the other villages because the tourists cannot come here by boat. We can only get there by the road or the train or by walking on the trails.
Later that day, we arrived in Manarola. We had a good view of the village . The enchanting pastel houses of Manarola spill down a steep hill overlooking a spectacular turquoise swimming cove and a bustling harbor. The whole town is built on black rock. Above the town, ancient terraces still protect abundant vineyards and olive trees. This village is the center of the wine and olive production of the region and its streets are lined with shops selling local products.
while we looked for a place to have a cold beer and relax . Then, our friends took the train to La Spezia and us to Vernazza . We were going to meet again the next day for the last hike between Manarola and Riomaggiore. This will be the last and next post on CT. It might inspire you to visit and I think you should if you can. Thanks for reading .
Ciao !!! My next post , next week-end ! Have a good week.