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Riomaggiore

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  • Day20

    After a very long day of travelling, three trains and lots of steep stairs and hills we finally made it to our next location for the next four nights. And boy were we impressed.
    We are staying in Riomaggiore, one of the five fishing villages that make up Cinque Terre. While it may not be the best of the five fishing villages with the main and only street being very steep, our apartment is amazing. It is a renovated wine cellar built in the 900s and it has been renovated in such a cool way. One wall near the bed still has the mountain wall showing through it and the other stone walls and wooden ceiling are all original. It has a real charm about it and has been so well equipped! Our best accomodation so far! Definitely worth the climb of the many steep, old and crumbly steps.Read more

  • Day50

    Cinque Terre

    October 22, 2016 in Italy

    Ever since we saw the pictures of Cinque Terre that have recently become popular on the internet we knew we had to go there even if it meant taking 3 train transfers!

    Consisting of 5 villages on the Italian coast that make up "Cinque Terre" we decided to split our time by staying in Manarola and Corniglia. We enjoyed the beautiful views from the amazing Airbnb we rented in Manarola and got a little sun bathing and swimming in at Corniglia!

    We also hiked to Riomaggiore one day which took about 1.5 hours where we got a panoramic view of Cinque Terre. Exploring the villages was fun as each had its own character and feel.

    Cinque Terre definitely had some amazing sunsets as well which we won't forget!
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  • Day2

    Der Sonne hinterher

    March 27 in Italy

    Am Dienstag fuhren wir über alte Bergstrassen nach Levanto. Zum Glück kennt sich Olaf mit engen, kurvigen Bergstrasssen aus. Jedoch kommt er mit den zahlreichen Schlaglöchern noch nicht so zurecht. 🚐💨
    Von Levanto fuhren wir mit dem Zug zum Nationalpark der Cinque Terre. In Manarola bestaunten wir die vielen farbigen Häuser, die direkt am Meer gebaut worden sind. 🚂
    Die Pizza zum Mittagessen durfte natürlich nicht fehlen. 🍕
    Am Abend ging es weiter Richtung Livorno. Den Camping „Pineta“ erreichten wir, nachdem wir uns ziemlich verfahren haben. Unserem Navi kommen die italienischen Strassen so ziemlich Spanisch vor. 🗺 🇪🇸
    Endlich am Camping angekommen, kochten wir das Abendessen und bemerkten, dass wir praktisch unser ganzes Kochequipment nicht dabei haben... Wenns jemand gesehen hat, bitte melden. 🍳😅
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  • Day79

    Checking out Cinque Terre

    October 16, 2017 in Italy

    From Pisa we travelled another hour to the cliff-side villages known as the Cinque Terre, the "five lands", on the Italian Riviera. The "five lands" or villages consist of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. We had five hours to cover as much territory before heading back to Florence. Cinque ore in il Cinque Terre (five hours in the “five lands”). The villages are connected by hiking trails, but fortunately for us the villages are also connected by rail. After all the hiking across Florence, we couldn't handle trekking up the mountains of the Cinque Terre. We aren't Sir Edmund Hillary! So we closely studied the train schedule and figured that we could spend one hour in each village and see all "five lands".

    We started at the furthest village, Monterosso al Mare, and worked our way along the train route. The towns are similar in architectural style, with buildings painted in pastel hues and narrow laneways that turn into steep steps that seem to lead to heaven, or at least it feels like your ascending into the skies. You didn't need to take the hike path to get a work-out. People all round us were even equipped with their trekking poles, just to traverse the train platforms. We think some of them were using the poles as a fashion accessory rather than for more practical reasons.

    The weather was perfect to capture the beauty of the villages with the houses stacked upon each other and set into the cliffs. The almost fluorescent blue water was so clear you could see the fish from high up on the cliff. No wonder it's a UNESCO world heritage site.

    Every corner we turned could be a postcard picture and beside it was another Australian taking a photo. The villages seemed to have been invaded by troops of Australian tourists. Perhaps Katriona Rowntree had recently done a special on Getaway about the Cinque Terre that we had missed. We could definitely see the appeal of the area. But after more than 35,000 steps it was time to take our tired feet home to Florence.

    Next stop: Florence

    For video footage, see:
    https://youtu.be/nc-UPOcKUcA
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  • Day336

    Day 337: Cinque Terre

    January 17 in Italy

    We got the luck we were hoping for, and the day dawned bright, clear and sunny. Time to get out and get filming! Did some stuff around Manarola (which was still completely dead), then grabbed a train north to Vernazza, the second town.

    For reference, the five towns are Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.

    Vernazza was a bit bigger than Manarola and more was happening. Had a good look around, and watched in awe as the huge waves pounded the cliffs. Normally it's very sedate, as people putter around in little boats and tourists sun on the rocky beaches, but not today! Waves 10 metres high were crashing into the breakwaters and churning the entire bay.

    A common activity here in 5T is hiking the length of it. People start at Monterosso up the western end, then walk the full 11 miles to Riomaggiore at the eastern end. Unfortunately it's not possible at the moment since a huge landslide in 2012 damaged a lot of the paths, but regardless a lot of the paths close in winter anyway. So no walking for us!

    But we climbed up into the hills alongside Vernazza and headed off along the path. Some fantastic views up and down the coast, and it was tough going in places with lots of ups and downs. Eventually we got about 40 minutes out of town and decided to double-back, since it was about 2.5 hours to the next town and we weren't planning on going the whole way (especially not while carrying Schnitzel!).

    Back to Vernazza where we grabbed some sandwiches for lunch and wandered a bit more. Afterwards we hopped on the train for one stop to Monterosso where the terrain was much flatter and there was a long wide beach. Surprising! And the sea wasn't as rough here, though still probably not swimmable. Wandered up and down the (very quiet) beachfront, had a gelato naturally, then eventually headed back to Manarola.

    Spent the rest of the evening relaxing in our apartment and enjoying the sunset view. More home-cooked pasta for dinner!
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  • Day10

    Cinque Terre Walk

    November 22, 2017 in Italy

    Walk from Riomaggiore to Porta Venere

    We expected Cinque Terre to be quiet in November. It must be the idyllic weather, but the train to Riomaggiore was full of hikers. So we thought we'd take the track less travelled and walk the 12.42 km from Riomaggiore, where our accommodation is, to Portovenere. It was meant to take 6 hours, but we are pleased to announce that we did it in 5 hours, with a lunch break and stops to take in the awesomeness.

    We planned to set off at 7am, but did not till 8am. Fortunately, the start of the track was just a few metres outside our apartment. We were faced with uneven and steep stone steps that seemed to go on forever. Each time we rounded the corner, another flight of steps would mock us. We climbed steadily, aware that we started an hour late, and not wanting to waste too much time with something as inconsequential like catching our breath. My legs burned when we got to the church at the top. In total, we climbed 1430 steps, descending 1960 steps.

    After the little village Telegrafo, about an hour into the walk, the path smiled at us and offered a rather level easy walk through the woods. I doubled over in laughter when I came across exercise equipment, like chin up bars, hurdles, twisty platforms, and get this, STEPS! Come on! This must be someone's idea of an enormous joke. At the top of a very steep mountain, there are more steps.

    The path got really interesting after Campiglia. A blog suggested to take the more scenic coastal track, and we did. The views were spectacular, but the path was punishing. The rocks were loose underfoot, and the paths were narrow with a steep drop. Many sections required scrambling to safely pass. It brought out the goat in me, and although challenging, this was my favourite part of the track. The views were a bonus.

    The hike started with a steep climb, and ended with a steep descent. My knees and Grace's foot were registering their protests by then. As we made good time in the hike, we were able to take the descent slowly.
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  • Day5

    Journey to Cinque Terre

    July 27, 2017 in Italy

    Left Florence this morning via train, which ended up running a little late, causing us to miss our connection in Pisa. Wasn't too long a wait, and we ended up making it to Riomaggiore relatively early in the day.

    After hauling our luggage up the stairs to our room (not an easy task, but manageable), we walked around the town. Laura had been looking forward to fried calamari since we landed in Rome, so we made sure to check that one of the list right away.

    We needed to burn that off, and we were both dying for a swim, so we suited up and headed down to the water. It's only rocky beaches in Riomaggiore, so entering and exiting the water is tricky, but once you're in it's fantastic. We swam for a good half hour, and then climbed up some rocks to rest, bask in the sun, and watch the waves break on the rocks. As we got back in the water, my foot started to cramp, I sustained a (minor) cut on my hand, and promptly got stung by a jellyfish, so it was time to get out.

    We headed back to the room, and enjoyed a bottle of wine on the patio before dinner. We hiked up to the top of town to eat dinner at a place with a beautiful view and watched the sun set. Being that we're on the coast, seafood was a must. As we headed back, we stumbled upon a classical music performance, which felt like the perfect end to the night.
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  • Day7

    Last night in Riomaggiore

    July 29, 2017 in Italy

    Could definitely spend another week in Cinque Terre. Tomorrow we travel to Nice, but I thought about switching our train schedule so we could get another hike in in the morning.

    We putzed around a bit in the morning (after more cafe and cornettos), and ended up at the beach as the ferry was closed due to rough seas. Swam a bit, tanned, and rescued a little girl from the riptide, sustaining some minor injuries in the process. Italy has inflicted its fair share of minor injuries on both of us. Each time we went to the beach, we were highly amused watching people attempt to get in and out of the water on the rocky beach, including a fairly comical failure by a girl in a Badgers hat.

    We took the train over to Monterosso and rented a double kayak, and miraculously avoided sunburn during the sun's peak overv the sea. After burning off the wine from last night via heavy paddling, we made it over to Manarola to have a feast of seafood. I like to think I rocked the bib with style, but you be the judge.

    From there, headed back to Riomaggiore, and had a good laugh at some of the other people's waiting for the train panicking that they wouldn't get up in time for the train that blew through the station going 110km/hr. Laura is still in tears thinking about it.
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  • Day335

    Off we go again! Excited about this one, since we were heading for one of the most popular tourist stops in Italy - Cinque Terre, or the Five Towns. This is a cliff-edge national park famous for its small villages clinging to cliffs, beautiful beaches, brightly painted houses, and dramatic scenery. So yeah, definitely looking forward to it!

    Walked back up the hill through Genoa to the station where we caught a train to the main station on the other side of town. Then an hour on the express train that stopped at the first of Cinque Terre's five towns. Each town has its own station, but the all-stations trains only run a couple of times per hour (especially in winter, aka off-season).

    Waited 20 minutes for our connection before the slow train arrived, but all was good and we got to Manarola, the fourth town, at around 1pm. Our Airbnb host was waiting for us at the right spot, and she showed us the way to the apartment. It's a tiny little hillside town here, not really any roads and only tiny alleyways winding their way around. Definitely a maze to explore!

    Our apartment is great - perched right up on the cliff front overlooking the sea and the town. Despite the small size and dated fixtures, it would still fetch hundreds of dollars a night in summer so we'd definitely grabbed a bargain, even if it meant we couldn't go swimming down below.

    The weather had picked up quite a bit and was drizzling on and off, so we decided to just have a long lunch in the only restaurant in town that was open. Quite a few other shops, but they're mostly all closed for the season. Food was reasonable, though a little overpriced.

    Spent the next couple of hours poking around town, exploring laneways and then relaxing at home enjoying the view. Will go out and fully explore the other towns tomorrow for my world heritage video, hoping for good weather!
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  • Day6

    Dinner in Riomaggiore

    July 28, 2017 in Italy

    Ate dinner at a little restaurant right by the water. The food was fresh, clean, and yummy. A couple men played live music on a nearby balcony, and we enjoyed people-watching as we dined.

    After dinner we walked down to sit on the rocks and do some star gazing. After watching some kids jump in and swim, I felt the need to do the same, and stripped down and dove in for a midnight swim. The water is great!Read more

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