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Vernazza

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  • Day28

    Nationalpark der 5 Dörfer

    May 8 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Um die Nerven von Claudia etwas zu beruhigen, haben wir eine Pause eingelegt und haben ein Dorf besucht direkt an der Küste, die Abfahrt und der anschliessende Fussweg hatten es in sich.
    Ca. 2 km vor dem Dorf gab es einen Parkplatz, nicht sehr gross und leer. Wir hatten uns auf ein noch sehr leeres Dorf am Wasser gefreut. Als wir den abstieg von 20 Minuten Hinterns hatten, wurden wir überrascht von sehr vielen Touristen, offensichtlich konnten man das einsame Dorf auch mit der Bahn erreichen.
    Nichts desto trotz war es ein tolles Erlebnis dieses Dorf zu besuchen und wie die Einheimischen sich dort organisieren, denn jedes Fassbier muss zu Fuss den letzten Kilometer gebracht werden.
    Paul war besonders begeistert von der schönen Brandung auch wenn er das mit denn Wellen noch nicht so richtig verstanden hat.
    Unseren täglichen Workout haben wir dann mit dem Aufstieg zu Parkplatz erledigt. E.
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  • Day2

    Vernazza

    April 30 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Wunderschön, die kleinen Dörfer in den Cinque Terre. Der Weg von der "Hauptstrasse" runter nach Vernazza ist mit sehr engen Kurven gespickt. Unten am Meer gibts etwas zu beissen und viel zu sehen. Vor allem sehr viele Leute, im Vergleich zu der kleinen Strasse. Die meisten Reisen mit der Bahn oder dem Schiff an und ersparen sich auch den viertelstündigen Fussmarsch vom Parkplatz...Read more

  • Day34

    Cinque Terre: Hiking trail

    September 29, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    There are shorter walks between each village of the Cinque Terre, but only two of them are currently open. [Craig was joking that the 2 hour lunch break from 1pm-3pm played havoc with the maintenance people's ability to get to the bits that needed maintenance before they turned around to go back again for their lunch break.]

    There was a lot of UP, and then thankfully some DOWN to get to Corniglia. I did catch snippets from Kate along the lines of "I am not built for this!" and "This is the best 'down' EVER!". The views were spectacular along the way, so a 1.5 hours well spent. Amazingly, no sore muscles the next day, but I guess one thing we have done on this holiday is a lot of walking. We are conditioned (beneath the layer of wine-, gelati- and pasta-induced adipose tissue).
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  • Day23

    Vernazza

    September 21, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    We decided today to visit one of the other fishing villages before returning to Monterosso al Mare for another day of relaxing on the beach. A bit of research showed that Vernazza was one of the prettiest and most photographed of the five villages, especially around sunrise.

    So after an early rise we caught the train to Vernazza and started the hike up to the best vantage point to capture the colourful buildings surrounding the small marina. Only thing we didn’t account for was the position of the marina in comparison to the sun rising behind the mountain, stopping the sunrise from lighting the marina for some time.

    Because we were there so early it was nice to walk the empty streets before the crowds descended for the day. It is a town filled with history. The first records recognizing Vernazza as a fortified town date to 1080. It was a likely point of departure for naval forces in defence of pirates.

    In 1997, the Cinque Terre was recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and in 1999 the National Park of the Cinque Terre was created. Today the main source of revenue for Vernazza is tourism. However, as a testimony to the strength of centuries-old tradition, fishing, wine and olive oil production still continue.

    On 25 October 2011, Vernazza was struck by torrential rains, massive flooding, and mudslides affecting not only Cinque Terre, but the surrounding province of Lunigiana. The flood left the town buried in over 4 metres of mud and debris (submerging even the train station in mud), causing over 100 million euro worth of damage. The town was evacuated and remained in a state of emergency for many months.

    After taking the odd photos or two (code for many) we decided we weren’t going to wait around for the full sun as our beach chairs were calling us from Monterosso al Mare. Vernazza is a lovely town and one I would love to visit and photograph again.
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  • Day25

    A day at Cinque Terre

    January 8, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 1 °C

    A very early start today. We had another private tour guide again today Alessandro. He picked us up at 8am and we headed of to Pisa. We climbed up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It was just beautiful the tower and the climb. Climbing up was an unusual experience, I felt a bit motion sickness. One minute you lean one way and the next you are going the other way. The grounds were very well kept and we were there early and it wasn't too busy.
    Back in the car and we head to Cinque Terre which means 5 towns close together and is a national park. A little different to our national parks. Alessandro takes us to the most picturesque town first Manarola, unfortunately the clouds came over so there sun to make the photos pop. We caught a train to the next town which takes 4 minutes and you are in a tunnel the whole time. Then we decided to have lunch before a walk. Alessandro booked us into a restaurant and because we were on the coast seafood was on the menu. Octapus, clams, mussels, calamari, prawns and fish. We all have pasta dishes, Brodie had tomato sauce, Kellie pesto, Dave prawns and mine was spicy tomato. Daves prawns were like skinny yabbies, he wouldn't suck the shells so I did. After lunch we walk to the next town. There were a lot of steps and if you weren't going up you were going down. The walk was along the coast line through peoples backyard and farms. I am amazed I don't have holes in my jacket I hugged the rock face most of the way and if we met someone coming the other way I made sure I wasn't near the edge. Along the way there was a ledge of rock were cats lived and you feed them and give a donation for food if you want to. We only saw one cat, so we had our Millie fix. The walk took us about 2hrs and my joints are now seized. Alessandro once again picked us up, by this stage its 4.30 and we had watch the sun set at the end of the walk. He tells us he will take us to Lucca on the way home were we can either bike ride or walk around the city wall. We are all wondering how we were actually going find the energy for another walk. Before we get to Lucca we say that we have had enough as it's dark and we won't see much. It was another long drive home, and the Italians certainty have a different style of driving. We get home abot 7pm and it's hard work climbing the stairs. My fitbit is reading 22525 steps, 15.74kms and 160 stairs. It's time to crawl into bed.

    Photo 1 - Leaning Tower of Pisa
    Photo 2 - Manarola
    Photo 3 - Train staion at Manarola
    Photo 4 - The cats on the walk
    Photo 5 - The walking track
    Photo 6 - A view from the walk
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  • Day15

    Cinque Terre

    April 28, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Cinque Terre, which means Five Lands, are centuries-old fishing villages that are nestled along the Italian Riviera. I’m sure you have seen some photos of these villages before – pastel-coloured houses perched on terraces built into the steep, hilly landscapes.

    We took a train from La Spezia, which is the main town in the area. Our aim was to trek from one fishing village to another. The coastal walking trails between the closest three villages, Riomaggiore, Manarola and Corniglia were closed so we decided to go against the flow of traffic and start at the last of these 5 villages.

    We hopped off the train at Monterosso. It was overcast and cold, definitely not what we were hoping for. The clouds made the ocean look grey and uninviting. There was a small beach right across from the train station that we are guessing would come alive in summer. We’ve arrived in the shoulder season which means cooler temperatures and fewer tourists. It has suited us just fine so far.

    After a big bowl of pasta at a nearby restaurant, we were ready to start our walk to the next fishing village, Vernazza. This village has probably been the most photographed out of the five villages. You will see Flora’s attempt at replicating that famous image below. This trail was surprisingly pretty challenging, maybe it’s because we were both so unfit. The walking trail was narrow in most parts. It took us immediately on an ascent to the top of the hill. We’re both not walkers. If there is a trail, it is a challenge to see how quickly we can get to the end of it. This meant shimmying around slower walkers or people coming from the other direction. Generally, most people get annoyed at us tail-gating them and they let us pass. Yes, we’re one of those annoying people.

    There was no running involved as the possibility of falling off a cliff was fairly high. We got to Vernazza in 90 mins. During this time, the sun had come out and it was gloriously warm. It would be a crime to not stop in some places to take in the view. In a distance, we could see the colourful houses of Vernazza. Though not as vibrant as some photoshopped images would have you believe, it is still a spectacular sight. It felt surreal finally being in a place you’ve only admired through photographs. It definitely did not disappoint.

    After we rested our legs and enjoyed a coffee and gelato, we continued to the next trek to Corniglia. This trek was a lot easier with fewer steps. The guidebook said it should take 90 mins to get to Corniglia. 45 minutes later, we arrived in a pretty little town that sat high up above the waters. Must be difficult to operate as a fishing village if it sat this high up off the waters. We immediately fell for the charms of this little village. There were plenty of little shops everywhere you turn. The houses and shops were not built to a grid system. You just had to pick a little alleyway and explore it.

    We cooled down with a glass of lemonade made from local lemons grown right on the terraces that surround the villages. Refreshing! We headed for the train station to head home. At the train station, Aaron discovered to his glee that the shop sold cans of beer. He sat down on the bench, drinking his beer, while we waited for the train. Flora suspects this was his favourite part of the whole day.
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  • Day11

    Cinque Terra (the five lands)

    April 29, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Five small isolated villages have become a hub of Italian riviera indulgence. Postcard beautiful in sea, sky, and sites (when not utterly crushed by cruise lines tour crowds). Plan to come. But not on a cruise.

  • Day12

    Cinque Terre

    May 20 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    Made the drive to LaSpezia then took the train to Cinque Terre. We visited 3 of the 5 towns...Vernazza, Manarola and Riomaggiore. What were quaint fishing villages are now chock full of tourists and cheesy souvenir shops. It's sad to see this changing.

  • Day13

    Sunday

    September 17, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    17th September
    We really like this place where we are staying for a couple of nights it's a B&B and our hosts are friendly, they don't speak English but we are managing quite well. We take the train into La Spezia and onto Cinque Terre, it's a rugged piece of coastline on the Italian Riviera and comprises of five villages. The coastline, the five villages and the surrounding hillside are all part of The Cinque Terre National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is reached by train, we buy a ticket and then get on and off at each village, it is a very popular tourist destination and today it's extremely busy. It is all fascinating, we didn't quite know what to expect but we have a fantastic day, it's very warm too. When we head back to La Spezia it is so busy that we only just manage to cram onto the train, an uncomfortable journey, thank goodness it's quite short. Our last night in Italy, we eat pasta & drink red wine in Sarzana before walking back to base. Heading for the French Alps tomorrow.Read more

  • Day103

    Cinque Terre 1, Italy

    August 17, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    We've arrived in Vernazza to a cute little apartment overlooking the fishing bay. There are five villages along the Liguria Coast, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso that make up Cinque Terre. I knew I wanted to hike the villages but unfortunately most of the trails were closed due to landslips and overuse. I set off from Vernazza and decided to walk to Monterosso which happened to be the most challenging walk of the four trails! From Monterosso, I continued on to Mesco and finally Levanto. This was one of the hardest walks I've ever done and I battled my way through the rocky terrain, hundred of stairs and 28 degree heat. When I made it to Mesco, the view was unbelievable and photos just don't do it justice. You can clearly see all five villages along the coastline each with their own individual architecture and character. There was no one else up on the peak with me so it was truly peaceful and another "pinch me" moment where I had to think about how lucky I am to be living the life I live. I made my way down to Levanto for a much needed swim, water and Powerade after walking over 17km and 183 flights of stairs. This was so so challenging and I could have easily given up but I'm so glad I pushed through the pain and finished what I'd set out to do!Read more

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Vernazza, ヴェルナッツァ, Vernassa

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