Ok, so here I am – it was a gorgeous day today, overcast to begin with, perfect for taking pictures. My iPhone is my friend on this journey.
Today I hiked south from Monterosso to Vernazza, and then to Corniglia. The first leg was a decent 90 minute, mostly uphill hike, with many, many, stairs on a kind of goat track along the coast. Bring good walking shoes, a hat, sunnies & sunscreen if you do this one.
Vernazza is still in the process of being rebuilt after massive flooding and mudslides that occurred and decimated the town on October 25th, 2011. Vernazza was completely cut off, by road, rail and air, for 3 days during inclement weather. Many people died. Even now, 9 months later, shops are being reconstructed. I was definitely thinking about all of this when walking this area.
The track between Vernazza and Corniglia was only just re-opened this week, there was only one section where it was still obvious it had been clearly washed away and I was climbing across sand bags, so I was happy I was able to walk this one. Corniglia to Manarola is still impassable. The last leg of this famous walk, from Manarola to Riomaggiore, is fully paved and quite relaxing.
All the towns are accessible by train, so you can train one way and walk back, if you wish. Or just hop off at each stop and look around each unique town. There is a sea ferry as well, if you want to view the coastline from the ocean. Stunning.
Here’s Riomaggiore, the marina here is gorgeous and there are plenty of enticing local dishes to enjoy. So many delicacies here!