While in Cinque Terre, our first stop was Riomaggiore. After eating our fill of gelato and soaking in the sun on the warm rocks in Riomaggiore, we headed to the next town of Manarola. We intended to just take a peek at Manarola then keep going to see each of the five towns but we loved Manarola so much that we stayed for the rest of the afternoon, enjoying lunch on the cliffside. The beauty of the town completely held me captive. Vineyards were carved into the cliffside high above the town & you could see workers carefully moving between the grapes. The locals that had shared the train up with us had scattered to various beaches but Manarola seemed to be the most popular. Some were stretched out on the rocks warming themselves, reading a good book, while others were making it a more adventurous afternoon by daring each other to cliff dive. Each person moved up higher and higher on the rocks.
Our next portion of the hike took us zigzagging up to a lookout point with a little restaurant. How do you not stop to soak all of this in!?!
High above the water we perched on the edge and indugled in hot paninis, Italian cheese & meats, and delicious Cinque Terre wine. The grapes of the Cinque Terre are used to produce two locally made wines. The eponymous Cinque Terre and the Sciachetra are both made using Bosco, Albarola, and Vermentino grapes. You could see Corniglia perched high up on top of the cliff with Vernazza below it creeping out to the water.
Check out our video to get a feel for walking through Cinque Terre:
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