Day 4 – Venice to The Italian Riviera!

Day 4 – Venice to The Italian Riviera!
Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy


After no sleep for me at all- (Dolores snores!)..we are up at 6 AM and amazingly out the door by 7 AM. After a quick croissant at our Hotel, we pay our bill (108 euors for the night) and RUN with luggage again to the Vaproretta- boat #42. It leaves literally within seconds and we are saying goodbye to Venice and hello to an 8:45 AM  Eurostar.(Venezia S Lucia to Firenze to Pisa Centrale to Manorola.)

And finally we are in Cinque Terra! (Rick would be proud!) The Hotel ca d’andrean in Manorola is only a short walk up a not too steep hill. A few minutes from the sea, this hotel is lovely. Outdoors, lemon trees and ¬†olive trees sit stand tall among tables for a view from our window.

View from hotel room, Cinque Terra

View from hotel room, Cinque Terra

Inside the lobby, a firepalce and a cafe. I need to take a breath to savor the moment. Cinque Terra, famous since Roman times for their white wines , has a special charm.

https://www.cadandrean.com

The five villages that they are famous for, stretch out among eighteen kilometers of the rocky and irregular coast of eastern Ligurai. They are linked by a network of different paths, which we will be hiking for the next 3 days.

This is the place that Rick Steves found in 1978 as a college student backpacking through Europe. He decalred it a “Back Door” Region and many guide books later, the rest is history..Today it is a national park so the beauty can be preserved. We buy a Cinque Terra card for 10 euros and this gives us access to all the trails in the villages.

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There are no big hotels here, no cars allowed, no museums. Only sea and sand. Yipeee! Since we had a long day, we decide to take the shortest hike today- its only 20 minutes to Riamaggiore (a haven for artists) and its a small pathway called the “Via dell’Amore” (the road of love) .

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After only a few minutes, the view is breathtaking at a gorgeous lookout. And we stop for a beer, of course, as we look down at the blue green sea. Tons of photos follow. We walk thru a tunnel into a tangle of colorful homes.

Tunnel to Rigamaggioro

Tunnel to Rigamaggioro

I am sure I must be dreaming. We walk back to Manorola and have an excellant dinner in town at Trattiora II Porticciolo. lingniue and pesto…(this region is the birthplace of pesto – made with basil, cheese, garlic olive oil and pine nuts) …yes, I am sure now I am dreaming…

Manorola, Cinque Terra

Manorola, Cinque Terra

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