VIA DELL’AMORE – THE WALK OF LOVE
“I love you Jennifer” or someone does, because they went to the trouble to etch their words of undying love on the rocks surrounding the walk. Being single I just scratched SF L SF.
The path from Riomaggiore to Manarola is called the Via Dell’Amore which I’m told
translates to “Lovers Walk”. It’s a beautiful trail along the sea fringe and is very easy to do. It really is just a footpath and it takes only 15-20 minutes to get to Manarola.
TRICK SHOT BY DAISY
pic by susan daisy reid
THE END OF THE WALK FOR US . THAT”S CORNIGLIA IN THE DISTANCE
The next ‘hike’ is from Manarola to Corniglia. This is also easy but unfortunately for us the trail was blocked by a landslide. We went as far as possible and could see Corniglia in the distance.
Our plan B is to catch the train to Monterosso and embed ourselves in the beach side lifestyle of the “Beach Bar Cafe”.
The Mediterranean beaches are not like those of the Pacific. The water’s not as warm, there’s no white sugar sand and there are no palm trees to sway in the breeze and offer welcome shade.
What there is though is warm sunshine, cafes and the Mediterranean Sea with its
blue, green and cobalt tones. Unfortunately the “sand” is more like sharp coarse
pebbles and as such sand castle competitions aren’t really possible. But floating in the water looks great.
We’ve walked along the coastal footpaths, we’ve climbed up the terraced hills of olive groves, vineyards and lemon trees and we’ve oohed and aahed at the striking views we met at every turn.
We’ve done it by foot, by train and by boat and so all that is left is to jump into the crystal clear water and have a swim(float).
AAHHHHHHH what the………. it’s cold…………….but it’s just so so beautiful.
PS The Cinque Terre is not a secret.
PPS The lie I heard the most was “it’s just around the corner”