Hiking the Cinque Terre

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Finally!

This is a massive check mark on my travel bucket list.

Years ago I got a postcard from my friend Hayley. It was a photo of Vernazza, the most popular of the five towns in the Cinque Terre. At the time I was using a little plastic pouch to hold pens and pencils to take to my University classes, and this postcard fit right in. Suddenly I had a Vernazza themed pencil case! I used it for years and the photo just fueled my need to visit.

I took a day trip from Florence and visited Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso al Mare, and Riomaggiore (in that order). A bus dropped us in some random spot and we hiked a few hours to Corniglia. We had a lovely lunch, then continued on to Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare by train. Our last journey was by boat to Riomaggiore.

It rained a bit on and off. That sucked. But hey, no one slipped down the mountain so all is well.

My favourite was obviously Vernazza, but Riomaggiore was a bit bigger and might be better if you’re spending a few nights. In any case, they’re a few minutes apart on the train that goes through all the towns.

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My super-glam hiking outfit

My super-glam hiking outfit

Corniglia

Corniglia

Corniglia

Corniglia

Corniglia

Corniglia

In Corniglia. Left: The local bus service. Right: The local fruit truck. Win.

In Corniglia. Left: The local bus service. Right: The local fruit truck. Win.

Vernazza

Vernazza

Vernazza

Vernazza

Vernazza, in the rain but still happy

Vernazza, in the rain but still happy

Posters were put up in a few of the towns reminding people of the floods of 2011. Compare this to the photo of me right above..

Posters were put up in a few of the towns reminding people of the floods of 2011.
Compare this to the photo of me right above..

Monterosso al Mare in the afternoon fog

Monterosso al Mare in the afternoon fog

The boat that takes you between towns. I’m good on boats, but this one made me queasy!

The boat that takes you between towns. I’m good on boats, but this one made me queasy!

Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore

Fun side note of this visit — I made friends with Ruth, the only other person doing the tour alone, who happened to be a mother of two from Comox, British Columbia. She was a few days away from starting a two week art class in Florence, the first thing she’s done for herself in 21 years since becoming a mother. Ruth was my photo-taking buddy, and she said lots of nice things about how brave I was moving away from home and traveling alone. She was so nice and lovely, and it made the day even better spending it with a fellow Canadian on her own personal journey.

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