For those of you who’ve never heard of it, Cinque Terre is a small piece of the western Italian coast consisting of five small towns nestled amongst hills and sea cliffs. I stayed in the tiny town of Biassa, which is outside of Cinque Terre itself and thus wonderfully devoid of tourists. I spent two days hiking in and around Cinque Terre, and they might just have been the two most spectacular days of hiking I’ve ever done. Honestly can’t recommend this place enough if you like to to use your legs.
The hostel in Biassa has a convenient shuttle service that runs to Riomaggiore; the first of the five towns. From there, I took a train to Monterosso (the last town), with the intention of hiking all the way back to Riomaggiore and visiting all the towns in between. I picked a particularly ambitious trail which went way up into the mountains between each town. It was glorious.
I can’t describe just how good this hike was. Stunning views and incredible paths at every junction. And of course, in between all the hill climbing you get to visit these incredible little Italian towns. Fascinatingly, they are all situated on incredibly steep terrain with mazy passages of steps linking everything together. Really fun to explore. Although I didn’t do any swimming myself, all of the towns had awesome looking swimming areas and beaches. All pretty paradisaical around there.
The next day, I got a tip from on of the guys working at the hostel. He said that instead of going back to Cinque Terre, I should hike from Biassa to Porto Venere and then catch a ferry back to Riomaggiore. And so I did exactly that!
This hike was more inland, so it didn’t have as many crazy coastal views or vineyards, but it was still an exceptionally good hike in the forest. And I didn’t see a single other sole on it. Perfect.
As it turns out, Porto Venere is pretty spectacular too. It has a rather scenically positioned church and a massive castle to explore. And the ferry ride back to Riomaggiore was absolutely gorgeous too.
I spent the next day just hanging out in La Spezia and Verona waiting for busses. Yay, transportation!