One of my day trips out of Florence was a fun hiking excursion to the world-famous Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera.
We woke up before the sun and took a bus through the Tuscan countryside to the coast. After a few hours, we found ourselves catching a train to the first of the five villages in the Cinque Terre – Manarola.
Manarola was a charming little town, with beautifully colored, stacked houses and crystal clear waters.
After Manarola, we hopped back on the train to Vernazza, where we snacked on delicious pesto focaccia and seafood cones, explored around the port area, and prepared for our long hike.
Next up was the spectacular hike that guided you along the seaside cliffs from Vernazza to Monterosso al Mare.
It was absolutely breathtaking, the most beautiful hike I have ever been on – but extremely tiring for that matter. It took us about 2 hours, with more than half of the hike uphill. The humidity was deathly, but the view was worth it.
Monterosso al Mare is where Claire, mom, and I spent an afternoon in March, so being here was nostalgic and brought back many good memories. We explored around the village, shopped, and snacked on more fresh seafood, topped off with a huge, refreshing drink.
I made some really great friends on this quick day trip, saw spectacular views of the Cinque Terre, and completed (part) of the world-famous hike. Definitely one for the books!
Madeline Alice Johnson
Side Note: This blog post is originally from May 14, 2016.