Sitting on top of the world...in the Cinque Terre
As I hiked the trail from Vernazza to Corniglia, I came up to a point where I had this fabulous view of Vernazza where I had spent the previous night. The Cinque Terre (5 lands) was a place I had wanted to visit for a few years. Being here, looking down on this picturesque town, I felt like I was on top of the world. These 5 towns, which also include Monterosso, Riomaggiore and Manarola, are beautiful, seeming to be ready to tumble into the Ligurian Sea. There is a trail connecting the 5 towns (best way to see them) or a train for those who aren't into the walk. Most of the towns don't allow cars, but they can get crowded with tourists during the day. Stay a night...or 2 or 3...and savor one of the towns in the evening when it seems more authentic. This town, along with Monterosso, suffered severe flood damage back in October. From what I have read, they are quickly rebuilding and will be ready for travelers come spring. So don't let the flooding deter you. Go!