Having already walked the Via Dell'Amore from Riomaggiore to Manarola we knew it was flat and easy and so decided to walk that section again too, this time in the daylight.
|I probably wouldn't have even noticed but The Sparky pointed out to me that the archways at the top here are where we walked along the pathway, the archways below them ... that's where the train goes through!|
|As you can see, this section is pretty easy.|
The path from Manarola to Corniglia was closed due to a landslide that had occurred. There were still some pretty nice views though along the portion that was still open ...
|The view back towards Manarola.|
|I believe this is the view towards Corniglia from where we were stopped. If you know better please feel free to correct me ...|
|The Sparky was quite taken by the state of repair of the station (and perhaps a little bored waiting for the train).|
As this portion of travel had taken a little longer than anticipated - we had expected the trains to run through more regularly than they did - we decided not to get off the train at Corniglia and went straight through to Vernazza.
If our photos are anything to go by Vernazza was definitely the favourite of the day! Certainly we both decided that if we ever return to the are then Vernazza is where we will stay. I think I've mentioned it here before but this stuck me as the type of place I'd love to return to when I'm ready to slow down and 'holiday' rather than 'travel'. It would be a lovely place to rent an apartment for a few weeks (or months ...) and just slow down. Close enough to public transport that you could do day trips to other major Italian sites but nice enough to spend your whole holiday in if you didn't feel like moving.
|10:55, the day was already getting away from us.|
|At this point we almost had a drastic change of plans and hired a boat to explore with instead.|
|The climb has already started ...|
|The start of the walk is basically straight up!|
For roughly the next three hours we walked (and walked and walked) up and down the steep, narrow path between Vernazza and Monterosso. It was hard. It was fun. It was an achievement. The scenery was gorgeous. The path was steep. On several occasions it was almost too narrow to pass those coming in the other direction.
As we went along two things became obvious to us. The first being that, despite our unplanned delays, we had started our day a lot earlier than most. The second was that we were going in the opposite direction to the norm. Not many photos were taken until we got close to the end, for a lot of the time we were simply paying too much attention to where we were putting our feet.
|Still a fair way to go at this point.|
Eventually, we arrived ...
I have to admit that aside from a nice lunch, an okay gelati and some slightly unusual pieces of architecture I was fairly underwhelmed by Monterosso. It was a lot more of a seaside holiday town than the other towns are and not my style at all. That said we were both very pleased with having achieved the walk, almost before the heat of the day hit.
After another evening of wandering and taking some more night time photos we were up early the next morning and on our way to our next destination ...
|... after taking a scenic windy drive in the wrong direction to get some final photos of the area.|