Because I’m ready for spring, and because I love revisiting sunny photos, let’s carry on in another long-overdue series on our trip to Cinque Terre about this time last year. In part 2, I’d like to show you a hike we did on our first full day: from Corniglia (one of the five towns on the coast) via Volastra to Manarola (another one of the five towns).
The hike starts in Corniglia. From the train station, you can make your way into the city center by foot (15-20 minutes, either via the road or a long stairway), or take one of the little shuttle buses. We opted to walk up and take in the views of the Mediterranean.
Right before you enter the little town, a path branches off the main road. Follow it – it’ll lead you up the hill for about an hour (depending on how much you can resist looking around, up and down – the views are simply stunning in every direction.). At some point, a sign in the woods will tell you where to turn right to Volastra. At that point, you might even already catch a glimpse of Manarola through the blue haze.
The stunning hiking path continues to snake along the hill, through vineyards, past dreamy country houses where laundry is put out to dry in the fresh wind, and always with a vast view of the sea, in so many different shades of blue. Plus, you can already see the end point of your hike, perched on top of a cliff: Manarola.
After you reach tiny Volastra, the descent to Manarola begins, down olive-lined stairs and paths through the vineyards. Once you have arrived at your target village, an ice cream in the marina is pretty much mandatory.
The hike took us around 3-4 hours to complete, at a leisurely pace and including breaks. It’s ideal as a day hike if you want to take it easy and also see some other villages after your hike (we continued into Riomaggiore afterwards).
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