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This is a super easy hike and has unreal views. It involved 3 modes of transportation for us that day. We walked down the street from our hotel to the gondola station. We took that to the top, which involved getting off the first one and on another. Then we walked the Via del Pan trail all the way to Lake Fedaia. Then it was a bus ride back to town. What an awesome day and the views of the Dolomites of Northern Italy from here are amazing. The Marmolada glacier is right across the valley the whole way. Many different mountain groups can be seen along this trail too. All part of the Dolomite section of the Italian Alps. When we arrived at the lake, we walked across the street and had a couple cold ones while we waited for the bus. This was our first hike in Northern Italy, and it was great. Hope to return some day and explore other areas.
Monterosso to Vernazza. Lovely little beachside hike. Interesting view of the small working vineyards. Crowded with sweaty and huffing tourists. A lot of people talk about the difficulty of this trail, but conditions were what I would consider average, and elevation made it a breeze for this Utahn. Trail was closed from Manarola to Corniglia and Riomaggiore, plus My lovely wife was waiting for me back on the beach in Monterosso. Love the Cinque Terre!!
We started from Portovenere, took the ferry to Monterosso, hiked from Monterroso to Vernazza, ate and swam in Vernazza, hiked to Manarola then took the train to Corniglia and Riomaggiore. Lots of hiking in each town. Great experience.
manarola to corniglia was closed.
corniglia to riomaggiore was closed.
I only hiked from Monterosso to Vernazza and it was a constant stunner. It's legitimately one of the most exhausting hikes, in terms of the trail: it's legitimately straight up stairs for the vast majority of the hike. But it's not without the constant reward of gorgeous views. The ocean was always on one side and even when it isn't, the trail is made more unique by little homes sprinkled throughout the mountainside with grape fields and even a little homeless cat community (make sure you bring snacks for these guys; they'd grearly appreciate it).
At the end of this hike, treat yourself to a glass of red and fresh fish on a patio in Vernazza. One of my greatest memories!