A walking trail, known as Sentiero Azzurro ('Light Blue Trail'), connects the five villages.
It was time we tried a trail and set out for the hike between Monterossa al Mare to Vernazza.
We found little information available on the particulars of this stretch or others.
We found out the hard way it was one of the toughest hikes. The worst we did, anyway.
But at first it wasn’t so bad.
The trail was steep in some places and we quickly gained height, climbed the seeming endless set of steps.
In many places the trail was like this: small and primitive.
We were wheezing and puffing, struggling with the heat.
We let people pass but we one also had to wait for oncoming traffic.
We also stopped for the view and sights like this, of course.
Vernazza, our goal is in sight.
I found it a beautiful trail, but had I known it would take us more than three hours I would have taken more water with me. The published time to hike this trail, we later found, was 01h30 or 2 hours, depending on the breaks one took or had to take.
This photo shows the trail had climbed considerably, it was up and down all the way.
Vernazza. From up here it is quite captivating. But in the streets (in fact just one main street) of these
villages we found them overrun with tourists. Perhaps september isn’t the best time of year to visit this region.
Witness to the ravages of the torrential rains on 25Oct2011, when floods and mudslides caused so much damage. Imagine to find your house like that!