Early Monday morning we made our way to the Roma Termini and caught a train to La Spezia. Upon arrival we stored our backpacks at the station and caught a local train to Monterosso, the northernmost city of Cinque Terre, where we began our hike through three of the five cities.
The trail from Monterosso to Vernazza was by far the most difficult. Although the hike was demading, it was absolutely breathtaking as its path wound through olive orchards and vineyards. Vernazza reminded me of a mini Venice. Very quaint, yet packed and touristy. Corniglia was my very favorite. It seemed like many hikers bypassed this town. Too bad for them as it seemed to offer the most authentic Italian coastal living.