Cinque Terre: Manarola to Corniglia

We awoke to a cloudy morning in Manarola. It was REALLY windy – we later saw the waves breaking over the break wall. It had rained overnight.

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We got our things together, and had a nice breakfast. We picked up some GF pesto pizza to carry on our walk.

Today was a big hike – 5 km. We found the stairs up, and began our walk – or perhaps our climb. The sun came out, and everyone stopped to remove sweatshirts, and pants (under their dresses) to keep cool. Full sun and hundreds of steps- everyone was hot and drinking water.

As we got higher, Manarola disappeared below:

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Grape vines surrounded us.

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Lots of old garden huts along the path have been rebuilt. This one has solar on the roof.

It started to rain, but never got past a drizzle.  We are our lunch in a small town up the mountain.

Anyone want a fixer with a million euro view? Sure, no roof, but with some love and attention….it could be your dream home

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The path wound around olive groves, and grapes, grapes and more grapes, all on terraced hillside. Below, we can see Corniglia  on the rock in the distance:

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Monorail to deliver harvests to below . this would be one heck of a roller coaster.

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Approaching corniglia:

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We can see Manarola off to the south:

Pretty far off! We did well today!

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As we entered Corniglia, we encountered this aloe -it looks like a sea monster. It is over 6 feet tall!

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Looking down at grapes to the ocean.

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Away from the terraces (in a shady canyon where not enough sun to grow grapes), the foliage could have been any mountain trail in a Washington park. Besides the ancient stone walls of course.

We had delicious GF pizza (kids) and smoked tune and swordfish(mom and Dad) in true Italian style, we had dessert, and then coffees, stayin g in the town square for a couple of hours.

We are all snug in the family room in the hostel, and pondering an evening stroll to the water with gelato.

Momma carried the baby, and the kiddos ROCKED this trail. They were totally amazing up on the hill with great attitudes towards it all the rocks, the rain.. The stairs… 🙂

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