Cinque Terre is absolutely amazing. (Warning: this note doesn't come close to explaining the gloriousness that is Cinque Terre) There are no roads interrupting the provincial life of the tiny towns - the only transportation between the towns is walking or taking the trains or ferries. We reconvened with the group in La Spezia on Saturday morning (9/12) and caught the train to Monterosso, the largest and northern most town of the five (Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola & Riomaggiore) . The picturesque hikes get increasingly easier and shorter as you work your way south from Monterosso, so we decided to get the hard part out of the way first.Five towns. Five times the awesomeness.
As we were almost out of town, Peter & Colleen, a couple from Vancouver, Canada stopped us because they couldn't believe we were about to hike 9 kilometers with all that stuff. They generously offered their hotel room for the day and would not accept any compensation - they told us of all the help their son had received from strangers during his 6 month charity trip in Eastern Europe. They said just to pay it forward. Without their kindness, our day would not have been as wonderful as it was!
pesto began, so I ordered Trofie al pesto, a dish typical to the area, and shared a half liter of vino bianco (white wine) with Tom.
Via Dell'Amore between Manarola & Riomaggiore. It was definitely one of the best days I've had. My words can hardly do justice to the experience, so I would encourage you to check out my pictures on facebook and make it a goal to visit Cinque Terre yourself!