June 29, 2016

Hiking the Five Lands in Cinque Terre, Italy

Or, the "Two hour hike that became five lands later".

Yes, we hiked the five lands of Cinque Terre in one day, on a whim after the third land (insert high five and you’re crazy emoji here). What originally started out with a super chill morning of sleeping in, making our own espresso and breakfast with a possible hike to one changed randomly and honestly I’m so glad it did.

We started our hike in Riomaggiore and had orginally  planned to go up the coastline. However, due to the flood of 2012 that part of the tail is washed out so we walked a bit more inland. NO ONE in the towns talk about the washout, they make it sound more like a seasonal closure, which was really strange. But then we found out the money raised to repair the trail 'magically disappeared' so it's all hush hush since the tourist tickets made up a majority of the funds.



Our first hike was up the 600 Stairs aka the eternal stairmaster. And no, I’m not exaggerating, there really are 600+ steps up the hillside. The hardest part of the steps was the distance between them. Well, for Le Husband, they were perfect for my smaller legs, but taller people hand to change up their gait.


It was a challenge at first and then we got the hang of it. The trails are right through people’s property, sometimes through the vineyards which was really cool. Check out this contraption they use on the steep inclines.


After we left Riomaggiore we entered Manarola. Again the hike was steep but not awful. We ran into some Canadiens and had a great time chatting in English about the area and also about our honeymoon in Banff. They were quite impressed with our 30 day trip and our move which was nice to hear. The hills kept going up and down and it was incredible to think about how people lived here back before the paths were created. While the weather here was warmer than France, it was still a bit of a coastal wind and without the sun it can be quite chilly. Hence the tank top to long sleeve change.


How beautiful is the town below?! This is what all the Cinque Terre towns look like from above.


Corniglia is the half way point and it was up in the air whether we would finish the whole hike or not. Parts of the trails you have to buy tickets for, which is great to promote the atea, but it was a bit later than we originally imagined and weren’t 100% sure we were mentally up for the rest of the hike. But we decide why not try since we are already halfway through. So try we did and try became we rocked that hike, woohoo! From Corniglia you hit Vernazza and finally end up in Monterosso. We will let the pictures do the rest of the talking from here!



What we ate: mix of cooked by us and bought at a restaurant. Our dinner after the hike was one of our TOP TWO meals of our trip, so flipping delicious. Seriously some of the best seafood we've ever had in our lives:




Hiking the five lands is NOT for the faint of heart if you couldn't tell. Cinque Terre is an INCREDIBLE destination but the hiking is not for everyone. We saw quite a few people who were NOT in their element, so if you plan a trip there do your research [aka feel free to ask me] before you start the trek through the different villages. We had the best time and the meal afterwards was just the icing on a fabulous day. Next week I'll be recapping our GELATO tour, yum!

18 comments:

BLovedBoston said...

That's awesome that you guys were able to hike all of it and you were clearly rewarded with delicious lobster! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

Kathy@MoreCoffeeLessTalky said...

hiking IS MY JAM! so awesome that you guys got to do that. those views are incredible and so worth the trek (and the food, of course) :)

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Amazing! I'm glad you pushed through and did it all at once, what a feat and something you'll talk about for a long time I'm sure.

Jen said...

I seriously love these posts, I always look forward to them.

Marie said...

That is so fantastic that you did that hike! Beautiful pictures. All that food is making me hungry, it all looks so good.

Kelsey @ The Peacock Roost said...

What an awesome hike with amazing views!! You all definitely deserved that delicious dinner after!
Kelsey
www.thepeacockroost.com

Foxy's Domestic Side said...

Sigh...this was the BEST part of our Europe trip too! Love seeing the picture and reliving it all over again. And those steps, I thought they would never end!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

These pictures are stunning, what an amazing place to go hiking! And all the food after... YUM <3
Green Fashionista

Brianne said...

As always the food looks incredible! Those views are gorgeous!

Missy said...

Absolutely beautiful! I regret not hiking while I was there, I just hung out at the beach! Ah and the food, so delicious! I love reliving memories through these posts!

Cara (Kindly Unspoken) said...

Wow, that is beautiful! The view is breathtaking!

Louann Kristy said...

Wow, wow, wow
Thank you for taking us with your on your exploration and adventure !!
Beautiful photos!!
:)

Laura Marie Keenan said...

Oh my! Talk about bucket list item! I like be how adventurous you are! I so want to do this!!!

Kayla MKOY said...

WOW! What an amazing view at the top. So worth the journey, I'm sure!! :) go you guys!!

Nikki @ makeupHER said...

Such amazing views girl, this looks like an incredible experience. So awesome that you guys were able to hike the whole thing!!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

holy moly!! the eternal stairmaster lol that looks intense. i definitely don't think we could handle this, so i'm glad you did it and took tons of photos so i could live through you ;) that meal afterwards really does look amazing so i'm glad it tasted as good as it looks!

Lisa @ Adventures of a Dream Catcher said...

Ahhh! Going to Cinque Terre has been on my bucket list for awhile, so it's cool that a blogger I "know" went and wrote about it!
That's so neat how you got a glimpse into some of the private properties, and scenery like that made the trek seem worth it. (Though there's no way I would even attempt anything like that these days!)

Sara Elizabeth said...

Take. Me. Back. I can't believe you unexpectedly did all 5 in one day!! Rockstar!! I hadn't heard about the money disappearing! So intriguing!