Saturday, June 28, 2014

Hiking Through Hillside Towns is Oh-So-Wonderful

Alexis M.: Last weekend we traveled to the beautiful Italian Riviera! Cinque Terre is a series of five towns along the coastline of northwestern Italia; their names are Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. The apartments we ended up renting were actually in a town called Levanto, just north of Monterosso. Even though we did not stay in one of the five towns, we were just a short train ride away from all of them. 
Our first day was just spent hanging out on the beach in Levanto and grabbing dinner right there with an ocean view. The beach was so pretty, with emerald-colored umbrellas and chairs lining it and also the bright buildings in the distance.

We had an early start the next day. Around 8:45 in the morning we boarded the train to head to the tiny, sleepy town of Corniglia. We ate breakfast there and then embarked on our hike to the next town – Vernazza. The hike was about an hour and a half and the views were absolutely spectacular. 

A-A-A WHOOP! Left to Right: Moe, Macy, Me, Aly, Meredith, Abby, Jennifer, Julia, Quinten, and Emily
Vernazza Beach

The view from our hike overlooking Vernazza

After hanging out there for a bit, exploring the rocky beach and buying some gelato, we decided to leave for Monterosso. That part of the hike was without a doubt very difficult – extremely steep inclines and many loose rocks. But we eventually made it! The view we were met with made it all worth it. 

Approaching Monterosso

When we descended into the town, some of us walked to a shop that sells frozen lemonade, plus limoncello and even orangecello. Later on we all went to the beach, where I accidentally bumped into a sea urchin while climbing up on some rocks in the water! It stung and hurt really badly, but one of the lifeguards told me I would be fine (in other words, it happens often). I ended up just buying some ointment for it and it was fine after that, thankfully!

To conclude, we had a great time at Cinque Terre! Hiking was definitely the best part, I thought! I hope I will get to go back one day. Ciao for now!

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