The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Monday, 7 April 2014

Cinque Terre (Italy) Part 2: Manarola and Riomaggiore

This post follows on from Part 1, after our rather strenuous 2.5-hour hike between Monterosso and Vernazza. We took the train to the other Cinque Terre villages, skipping Corniglia because unlike the other four, this town was located high up on top of a promontory and we didn't have the energy to climb more stairs, nor the time to wait for the occasional bus that goes to town. I was so tired I could have skipped all three remaining villages south of Monterosso and Vernazza, but me and my 5-months pregnant belly soldiered on to make full use of our 1-day Cinque Terre Train Card which gave us entry to the hiking trails and unlimited travel on the regional train between the villages. Each town has its own unique personality and characteristics, not fully captured by photographs, but here are a few shots for your viewing pleasure.

Disembarking the train at Manarola station:

The colourful houses that are characteristic of the Cinque Terre region:

A lovely swimming hole in Manarola:

A wider panoramic view at the swimming spot in Manarola. Also visible is the hiking trail to/from Corniglia. Click image for larger view:

The colourful terraced houses on the rocks of Manarola (click image for larger view):

A street in Riomaggiore:

The famous Via dell'Amore (Lovers Lane) that links Riomaggiore and Manarola, which was unfortunately closed at the time of our visit due to landslides:

Riomaggiore train station by the sea:

The beauty of the Cinque Terre villages is best seen from the Mediterranean Sea, which we got to do the following day, and photos of these will follow.

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