Cinque Terra, Italy

Posted on April 4, 2014. Filed under: Italy, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , |

Cinque Terra Hiking TrailHow is that for a hiking trail?  This section is on the trail linking the 5 towns of the Cinque Terra in Italy.  Back and forth down we went for a very long time.  It didn’t matter – the views were incredible!  Turquoise water with the charming town below.  This is not strenuous hiking by any means.  If you are a die-hard hiker you might be disappointed here.  You are not out in the middle of nowhere nor are you walking any great distance.  But you are walking time-worn paths amid ancient olive groves and grape vines.  This is hiking for pure pleasure, any exercise you get is an afterthought.  And the pizza, pesto and farinata at day’s end ain’t bad either!  In October, 2011, this area was devastated by horrible downpours of rain that caused flooding and mudslides.  Thankfully, the trail has been rebuilt and reopened and many people are still working to restore the hillsides and to build better water drainage systems.  This area is too wonderful to lose!

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