We woke up to another beautiful day in Vernazza. It was delightful to walk around the village early morning and to take in its charm and colors. After the spectacular hike the previous day, we were excited to continue the second half of the hike today and to tackle the harder part of the trail.
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CORNIGLIA – VERNAZZA TRAIL
We took a train from Vernazza to Corniglia. To get from the train station to the town center of Corniglia, we had to climb a winding footpath with 400 steps! It was definitely a good way to warm up for the hike.
We found Corniglia a quiet and mellow town. Being the most remote and least visited among Cinque Terre towns, we found it pleasant to so see purely local scenes as we walked around its narrow streets.
We followed trail # 2 on Corniglia-Vernazza segment.
This segment takes about 90 minutes without stop. But, of course, you would like to take many stops to smell the beautiful cacti that grow abundantly along the traill. Although very hilly and rocky in most part, this segment is the greenest portion of the coast making it very rewarding.
Keith didn’t look too thrilled as he caught sight of the steep trail ahead.
We were so famished when we reached Vernazza. A good l lunch was in order at Ristorante Pizzeria Vulnetia at the waterfront.
Top left: The refreshing beer was well-deserved after the sweaty hike. Keith imbibed his so quick like it was water.
Botttom left: I had a pesto in a trofie pasta. Trofie is a handrolled pasta with grooves, designed specifically for pesto to cling to. Keith had a traditional pizza.
Right: Finishing with good cups of macchiato. Now all fueled up to resume the hike.
The start of the Vernazza-Monterosso trail. This segments also takes about 90 minutes without stop. This trail of steps seemed to be going up and up forever.
As we were nearing Monterosso, the trail flattened…..
…and went into steep downhill.
Monterroso, town #5, is known as the resort town of Cinque Terre. It is the only one of the five hamlets that is built on flat land and the only town where you can actually drive all the way to the town, hence, it attracts a lot of day trippers. It is also the only town with hotels (all other towns have B&B’s, rooms and apartments).
One of the colorful shops in old town.
We were excited to return to Vernazza after the hike for another evening of gastronomic feast. Left: The chef’s special at Gamberro Rosso. Although we didn’t understand all of them, they all sounded scrumptious! Right: Diners having festive, flambé dinner.
Another beautiful morning Vernazza. With all the hiking done, we just relaxed on our third day and enjoyed more of Vernazza. We really loved Vernazza and were thankful we made it our base in Cinque Terre. We liked that inspite of being popular with visitors, Vernazza has remained a very authentic community.
There are only 1,000 residents in the village of Vernazza. Families are tight and go back many generations and centuries and homes are normally passed down within the family. The locals resisted modern developments in an effort to keep Vernazza small and real.
Sadly, it was time to leave this magical place.
Left: No bellhop service here. My Superman had to carry our luggage down the steep stairs.
Right: At the Vernazza train station, waiting for the train to our next destination.
I hope you enjoyed hiking and devouring in Cinque Terre with us.
- Hikers need to purchase The Cinque Terre Card, a pass that is presented at the entry of each trail. For current pricing, click here.
- Walking sticks or trekking poles are helpful. Except for the Riomaggiore-Manarola segment, the rest of the trail can be rocky, narrow and steep with lots of steps.
- We visited Cinque Terre in September 2011. We found the month of September a good time to go when the weather is pleasant and the towns and trails are less crowded. Locals told us that towns and trails can be crowded (mostly with day trippers) from June to August.
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