Hiking from Monterosso to Vernazza [Cinqueterre]

The start sign.

DSC_0608

Views in the first 10 minutes.

 DSC_0614

DSC_0620

DSC_0626 DSC_0637

The hike only spans 3.2 km and takes 30 minutes less than advertised.

DSC_0610 DSC_0634

The trail was pretty narrow at some points. And not all parts are fenced to protect you from falling into the rocky blue abyss. Watch out for eroding edges.

DSC_0710

DSC_0645 DSC_0669

DSC_0712

For your future picnicking reference.

DSC_0707

DSC_0720

The landscape along the trail changed rapidly and merited frequent stops.

DSC_0640

Admittedly, 20 minutes of my hike was probably spent shooting my surroundings,

DSC_0724 DSC_0728

Wondering why there are cacti in Northern Italy (along the same lateral lines as Maine),

DSC_0729

And playing with this cat. Cause cats love hiking, too. (Obviously.)

DSC_0734

It’s probably deciding between chasing mice or staring at Vernazza.

DSC_0738

On your descend, there lives an artist with a British accent.

DSC_0753

DSC_0757

Rick Steves blogged about art reviving Vernazza after natural disasters in 2011.

DSC_0758

2 years later, Vernazza looks restored – colorful, vibrant, and sun-kissed.

DSC_0747

The final sign of your hike.

DSC_0768

Some say this is the more challenging of the legs. And while I don’t think my mother would do it, I thought it was pretty do-able. There’s only room for single-file hiking. So just be cautious when people pass you by.

…Now for a sugar rush from the Sciachetrà, a local, sweet wine produced on the hills of Cinqueterre.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s