The following day after our Vernazza —> Monterosso hike we were pretty sore but excited to tour the other towns that make up Cinque Teree. We boarded the train from Vernazza and headed to the first town, Riomaggiore. The trail system connecting the other towns turned out to be closed so training it was the only option. Hopping off a Riomaggiore, the first thing we noticed is how much more of a real town it was – more than one street, many more businesses and more hotel options. It was about 11am and we walked the town, heading to the water only to find a local wine shop having a sale.
We picked up a bottle of white wine from Monterosso and two cups. We are on a vacation right? We sat and enjoyed our sweet refreshment and watched locals walk up and down the hill, tourists debating where to get lunch and stray cats passing by.
Walking back down to the water, we followed a small trail around the harbor to a small lonely rocky beach. We enjoyed skipping rocks and playing with a left behind soccer ball before heading back.
The second town Manarola, was smaller than the first town Riomaggiore but larger than our sweet Vernazza. On the right of the harbor, passing fishing boats and outside seated restaurants, was a large park and recreational area that we snapped amazingly beautiful shots of the town before making our way back to the main street to find a pizza joint for lunch.
Freshly made to order – Italy has the best pizza in the world. This town had some of the best colorful doors too – I was snapping pictures left and right.
It was late afternoon before we made it to the third town, Corniglia, the oinly town with out direct beach access as it is perched up on top of a hill as opposed to beachside. From the train stop to the top of the top is a series of 20+ swichback staircases. Making it to the top, with views of Manarola and Monterosso, a light rain began to fall so we ducked into a gelato shop and ordered up lemon and maccademia nut gelato.
Our three nights in Vernazza was too short – Cinque Terre can easily be enjoyed for a week or more. It’s one of the best places we’ve traveled to so far.