Hiking and gelato

We woke up early on our third day in Italy and hiked from Manarola through Volestra to Corneglia which took over two and half hours and we had our heavy 35-40 pound backpacks on. The views were expansive and totally worth it.

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Manarola on the start of our hiking trip

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The steep terraced vineyards surrounding Manarola

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Above Manarola

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Halfway to Volestra

We saw several tourists on the trails and between Manarola and Volestra, we met many Americans but more German and British hikers as we approached Corneglia. There was a fun group of single ladies from the US and Canada that we kept leap frogging between Manarola and Corneglia and their guides even gave us a focciceria recommendation for lunch!

Miele (honey) and peach rosemary gelato for me and Mr F got basil with piscastios and ricotta!

Miele (honey) and peach rosemary gelato for me and Mr F got basil with piscastios and ricotta!

After our quick foccacia pizza for lunch, we got gelato, for the first time this trip! Since the hike from Corneglia was another 2 hours, we decided  to take a train to Vernazza.img_7011

Our feet were pretty tired since the majority of the trail was rocky so the short train ride was really nice. We checked into RooMartina (which was recommended by my college room mate, Emily) -!: immediately went swimming!

Swimming in Vernazza after hiking felt glorious!

Swimming in Vernazza after hiking felt glorious!

Vernazza's harbor

Vernazza’s harbor

We wandered around town, through Castello Doria, in the late afternoon!

The view from the top of the castle

The view from the top of the castle

Castle Doria

Castle Doria

I’ll have to tell you all about my fantastic bruschetta and Ristoriante al castello experience, next!

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