I have had a very fulfilling 2015 with many travels opportunity solo or with friends. I have managed to ticked off my to do bucket list of travelling solo in Japan and South Korea. Yet, I can never have enough of group travel, be it being exploring in the UK or going away with my travel buddy to Cinque Terre.
This is one of the two hikes that I have hiked in Cinque Terre region. The first one that we decided to do was the route from Vernazza to Monterosso route. We quickly went hiking as soon as have dropped our baggage and got myself ready. Grabbed some water on the way to the start of the route, following our host’s advice we opt to start from the end of the town centre, walking up staircases between the green doors and off we go….!
There wasn’t any signs once we have reached the top of the staircase, using our instinct, we opt to go for left hand side.. and luckily, our instinct was correct, we are at the back of these residential area and walking up the unpaved path towards the start of the hike…
be aware that when you want to go hiking, you will need to buy Cinque Terre hiking pass. There’s option for 1 to 5 days pass to suit your needs. You can either get this pass at the train station or from the start of the route where there will be someone checking if your pass is valid.
The weather was absolutely amazing on my arrival day!
I guess, you rather have the photo under expose than over exposed? which one is best?
After you have walked passed the forever long alike staircase, you will reach to a path with wooden fence. As a dare devil person (aka “don’t know how dangerous things are” person) I jumped off the fence and opt to have a photo taken closer to overseeing Vernazza town.
Hey, there are love locks everywhere! Can I find someone that’s wiling to hike around the world with me?
Being able to see it real life than images on the google search, its pretty amazing!
It once again, make me realised how amazing this mother nature is!
I didn’t find this hike difficult to hike at all, even for an irregular hiker like myself. And what I really suggest hiker to do if you don’t hike often, its take it slow and breathe deep as you can. No point rushing the hike but run out of breathe where you will end up lightheaded.
Have to share this scene in horizontal view. Amazing colour building forms this amazing town!
And then we have reached another photo spot… but another devil in me told me to walk to the edge and have a photo. er…. I didn’t know I was so closed to the edge until I have had my photo taken. That was close…. scarier than the previous one!
Every time when you reach to such photogenic scene, all the pains you have on this hike are totally worth it.
We walk kind of mid way and there were some area to have a pit stop, where you begin to see some landscape of Monterosso.
Not to mention that the hikes in Italy are differentiated by colour coding on the walk of the path. This hike are represented by red and white signs, like the photo above.
As we reach to this area, we are going more down hill hike and guessing we are almost to the end of the time or maybe just a quarter of distance left until the end of the hike.
Yet, we have reached to an area that doesn’t look like is a path with no protective fence, yet again I won’t say its dangerous but rather be more careful when walking across it.
And we have reach to downward staircases, met an American couple that told us to walk past them. However, we still decide to take it slowly… and walk down at a similar pace to them, slow!
The hike near the end seem a bit dark and the path seems rough, but yet you wouldn’t feel unsafe hiking down hill.
Likewise, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. The end of the hike will lead you overlooking into the Monterosso beach; by then you can the walk down the stair case and jump into the beach. Be aware that this is not the main Monterosso outside the main station, this beach is further away to the main Monterosso beach.
Look at how pretty Monterosoo town is! This is it, the hike is complete. What an amazing journey that I have had over the last 1.5 to 2 hours. We didn’t keep track of time while hiking but I know we have spent quite sometime on the hike.. what’s the rush? Enjoy every single moment on the trail while you can right? You never know when you will return to this piece of mother nature in the future.
Vernazza to Monterosso
Duration is approximately 1 hour 30 mins
Trail mark: red and white stripe
Start of the trail: From end of the Vernazza town next to a pizza shop, between the two green doors. Walk up, once you have reach to the end, turn left and follow on the path.