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Sep 21, 2017 - Italy - Corniglia and Vernazza

The original itinerary for the day was to take the train to Riomaggiore and hike to Vernazza however the trail along the coast between Riomaggiore and Corniglia has been closed for quite some time so we took the train to Corniglia instead. We started our hike at the station and headed up the road a little more than a kilometer will climbing over 100 meters in elevation. Raimund gave us some time to explore the picturesque town before heading out to the trailhead. On arrival at the trailhead we were shocked to discover that the trail was...

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Sep 20, 2017 - Italy - La Spezia, Cinque Terre Coast & Monterosso

Today was an opportunity to get familiar with the area. We walked to the train station and took the train south to La Spezia. All of our days in the Cinque Terre would start with a train ride. Raimund would provide us with our tickets but it was our responsibility to validate them at the station. Since the rail line hugged the coast, which was very mountainous, most of the time was spent in tunnels, like a subway. Most of the openings were at stations; an opportunity to see the towns and often a bit of the sea. From the train station in La...

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Sep 19, 2017 - Italy - Deiva Marina

We enjoyed, and were quite impressed with, our Ireland trip with Craig Travel. We keep our eye on their offerings and were attracted to "Hiking Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast" in Italy, September 18 to October 2, 2017. Departing from Toronto Pearson on Monday September 18 we arrived at Milan Italy's Malpensa Airport at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Our tour hosts Jon & Sue Gurr, who also hosted our Irish tour, found our tour operator, Raimund, who quickly got us on our bus for the approximately 250 kilometer trip to our hotel in Deiva Marina. The...

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Sep 10, 2017 - Cinque Terre - Vernazza

On Thursday we bought a day pass for the Locale train and took ourselves off to, first, Riomaggiore which is the southernmost town of the Cinque Terre and the unofficial 'headquarters' as the National Park office is situated here. The town itself is quite a bit bigger than Vernazza but doesn’t really have any beach access. After wandering around in Riomaggiore for a bit we jumped back on the train and went three minutes up the line and got off at Manarola. We had lunch here at a nice outdoor seafood restaurant on a terrace overlooking the...

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Italy - Finally!

Jun 14, 2017 - Cinque Terre, Italy

We took the train from the Santa Maria Novela station in Florence to Pisa and then changed trains to Monterosso al Mare in the Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre translates to "5 lands" and they lie on the Ligurian coast which is on the Tyrrhenian Sea. From south to north they are Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. We had a nice house in Monterosso outside the tourist area. Extremely peaceful with a nice terrace. The Cinque Terre was made into a national park long ago to ensure preservation. Perhaps it's biggest claim to...

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May 13, 2017 - Cinque Terre

Today we took the ferry from La Spezia around the point at Porto Venere and up the Italian Riveria to Monterosso, where we jumped off and explored. We then trained it back to La Specia stopping at the other towns of the Cinque Terre (5 Lands) on thr way back. Big day, lots of walking, and sectacular scenery. Still not sunny but not raining and not too cold.

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May 7, 2017 - Portovenere/Monterosso, Cinque Terre

We travelled to Portovenere and explored Byron's Grotto from high above a medieval town. The views were spectacular. We then took a ferry that was diverted, due to high waves, to a train station that took us to the 5th hamlet in Cinque Terre, Monterosso. We were sorry to miss seeing the other four, because of the choppy seas. However, we enjoyed Monterosso. We visited a local wine shop and had seafood marinara in a local restaurant. Our tour guide Luca recommended this restaurant, and our lunch was delicious. After lunch we wandered back...

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May 21, 2016 - Complete the Walk of Cinque Terre

Today we headed back to Corniglia to complete the walk to the last town. First we walked around Corniglia and had breakfast. Then walked the blue path to Vernazza. This path was much gentler than yesterday. As soon as we found Vernazza Elton was hungry again and we stopped at the first little restaurant on the edge of a cliff and had a pasta dish with pesto. Fantastic. A walk around town and then on to the next town. Again the path to Monterosso was easier than yesterday but my legs and butt are definitely getting a workout. Nothing a bowl...

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May 20, 2016 - Cinque Terre

Well today started out just like you thought.. yes we got lost again. How hard can it be for the GPS to get us where we want to go. We put in Riomaggiore and took us to a dead end then wanted us to go up a steep incline the was wet. There was no way we would make it, nothing could. So it took us back to the same dead end. We then followed my guesses and got behind a bus. I said that it must be going to Cinque Terre so just follow it ,,, and it did. We drove to Riomaggiore and could find a place to park so we went back to La Spezia and got...

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May 1, 2016 - Two beautiful days in Cinque Terre

Yesterday was a lovely day for a boat ride, and that is what we did. The boat left Monterosso and took us to each of the other villages except for Corniglia, which has no boat dock. It must be reached by train or walking trail. So we went to Vernazza, Manarolo, and Riomaggiore, as well as Portovenere, another village that is not a part of the Cinque (5) Terre. From Portovenere, we took another boat which carried us on a 45-minute tour around three nearby islands. In each village we had time to explore, take pictures, people watch, and in...

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Sep 27, 2015 - Cinque Terre - The Italian Riviera

Today, we started the day with another wonderful free breakfast in the hotel! Then, we drove 2.5 hours to the coast to Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre is 5 beautiful towns (Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore) snuggled into the cliffs along the coast. The highways were full of tunnels and sharp hairpin curves. We arrived in Levanto at about noon and found the parking lot across the street from the train station. We had to pay for parking which was not the amount it said it should be. It kept inhaling our coins! We...

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Jun 15, 2015 - Hiking Monterosso to Vernazza, Cinque Terre

Riomaggiore We arrived yesterday by train from Milano. The train trip was made more joyous by sharing a cabin with a delightful older Italian couple - Antonio and Maelina. Antonio spoke a little English and Maelina none - although she was a deeply intuitive woman who somehow understood our limited ability to communicate. We communicated by wild hand gestures, a lot of laughter and even sang Dean Martin's 'Volare' together. It's true - Deano bridges cultural differences. She sang me an Elvis song in Italian and completely won our hearts. We...

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