Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Cinque Terre

AL: Early saturday morning we woke up and began getting ready for our hike between all the towns. Unfortunately, because of recent landslides we couldn't hike through the first two towns so we started in the third, Corniglia. Corniglia is a tiny town with a population of 240 people! The town was incredibly cute though and we found this darling cafe to have breakfast in before our hike. The employees were so sweet to us and made us all feel so welcome. Once we had energized ourselves we started on our hike to Vernazza, the fourth town. The hike between the towns was pretty rigorous but absolutely breathtaking. I felt like I was walking through paradise. Everything around us was so green and full of life, not to mention the gorgeous view of the Mediterranean sea that we constantly had. Vernazza is known for it's picturesque views and pebble beaches which we took full advantage of but taking all the pictures we could on the way in. We briefly stopped in the town to eat some fruit to cool us down before walking down to the pebble beach. To get to the beach we walked down through this cave-like entrance and then we saw all of the pebbles making up the beach. I have never seen anything like that before and it was so interesting and pretty. There were also these huge rocks that we got to climb on top of and of course, take pictures. Once we had our fill of Vernazza we continued our hike to the most famous of all the five towns, Monterosso. The hike from Vernazza to Monterosso is the longest and most difficult as well. However I will say it was beyond worth it. The hike is not only rewarding but such an experience in itself. When we first arrived in Monterosso we went to this lemon store that one of our friends had been raving about the whole way there. The small store was absolutely lovely and had all things lemon. They had freshly squeezed pure lemon aide slushes, limoncello, and all kinda of gifts and snacks. We enjoyed a few glasses of the incredible lemonade and bought some limoncello and were on our way.

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