Day 1: Monterosso and Vernazza
the coastal path leading towards Vernazza.
dramatic views of the coastline.
A cluster of colorful buildings jutted out into the sea
with a 15th century castle watching over the village.
from the plaza of the bay.
Day 2: Manarola and Riomaggiore
After a bit of a mix up,
we jumped on the next available train
and wound up in the small town
of Deiva Marina.
We would be stranded here
for the next FOUR hours!
In order to kill time,
we explored Deiva Marina
and walked along the beach
It seems like once a month
the Italian railways go on strike
and the entire train system shuts down.
This was one of those special occasions.
we randomly encountered
a GIANT bird!
After four hours of waiting,
we finally caught a train going towards Cinque Terre
and hopped off in Manarola.
Determined to salvage the day, we chose to hike between Manarola and Riomaggiore.
The path began at the top of the village
near an old church.
It was a pretty difficult hike
with hundreds of steps
going straight up through the terraces.
Some steps required an extra boost!
Once we reached the top
we could clearly see the famous
Manarola nativity scene.
The entire hill is lit by nativity figures during Christmas time.
It began raining as we descended the slippery steps to Riomaggiore.
Something I don't recommend doing in the rain.
Once we reached the bottom, we still had quite a hike into town. Our stomachs were rumbling as we hadn't eaten anything since breakfast.
We bought four slices of focaccia bread at the local pizzeria and devoured every last bite!
Pear and gorgonzola was my favorite!
When the rain stopped we purchased some Cinque Terre wine and a Christmas ornament to commemorate
our little adventure!
Day 3: Levanto
Our little athlete had a blast playing her favorite sport!
We promised to return again someday.