Monday, October 19, 2015

Return to the Cinque Terre

We had the great good fortune to spend a few days in Monterosso and hiked back to Vernazza where we had the best calamari at Bati Bati's...

A Silvio Monfrini sculpture of St Francis of Assisi petting a dog sits high above the city

The Giant of Monterosso al Mare

Old town from the Cinque Terre trail. In the upper left you can see the convent of Capuchin Friars.  It's well worth the short hike up the hill to see the Van Dyck and hear the Friars chanting the hours. 

A typical view of the terrain, and the beauty of the coast in this part of Italy

The Cinque Terre trail winds it's way through olive groves and vineyards. Most of the grapes grown in this area make white wines. 

The classic approach to Vernazza from the trail.  Lots of steps - BEWARE!
We averaged between 6 to 9 miles a day in all types of terrain.  If you ever get the chance do the Cinque Terre.  You won't regret it!

My favorite place for calamari - ever - anywhere!  Cash only, and the mixed seafood is pretty darned good too!  Oh and just to mention, the Gelataria Vernazza is just a few meters up the street - cash only too by the way.  I've visited each of the five villages and Vernazza is my favorite.  Large cone please.


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