Saturday was our first full day and forecasted to be our only day with nice, rain free weather. Thanks to the Tower bell ringing for a full two minutes at 7 am, we were up and at 'em bright and early.
The 5 villages of Cinque Terre are all connected by trails in the mountains. You can hike to one town, and then take the train or ferry boat back. The town we were staying in, Vernazza, was the 2nd northern village, and we decided to hike on Saturday to the middle village, Corniglia.
|This is how groceries are brought up all of the stairs!|
I had NO idea what to expect with the hike. Well, actually, I expected it to be really easy. I figured it would take 20 minutes. If Rick Steves can do this, then surely I can easily hike this trail!
|Corniglia must be close! All smiles here!|
|Judging by my smile, this is only about the 200th stair....|
|Cool rock people|
|My cute baby|
|Lookin' a little disheveled...this is maybe 45 minutes in to the "hike" aka stairstepper from hell?|
|No village in sight...|
|Do you see how uneven those steps are? Not fun (actually, really enjoyed it).|
|So happy to be on even ground|
|This view is why we turned our calves into jelly. Maybe that's Corniglia, in the far, far distance?|
|Going down was weirdly just as difficult as going up!|
|It's been over an hour of hiking uphill...I have learned that seeing a sign that says "Corniglia" DOES NOT mean that it is close!|
|Vineyards on the way there|
|OMG We made it!|
|Cute shop in Corniglia|
|A little church in the village|
|Viewing deck...one lady that had just arrived asked us how many steps it took to get to the deck and if it was worth it. What's another 20 stairs when you've already done over an hour's worth?|
|You can take about 300 stairs to get down to the water...|
|This was close enough. Was in no mood for more stairs! And yes, the water really was that gorgeous! These pictures haven't been altered in the slightest!|