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Friday, October 19, 2007

Walking the Italian "Wild Side"

Cinque Terre is an Italian National Park area on the Mediterrenean coast midway between Genoa and Pisa. The name "Cinque Terre" refers to the five villages in the Park area: Vernazza, Monte Rosso, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Travel within the five village area is either by foot, along the paths cut into the seashore cliffs or by boat.
The footpaths are often steep and narrow - it took me and an hour and a half to walk the three miles between Vernazza and Corniglia. The incredible sea views made it worth the effort. We stayed in the village of Vernazza for the five days we spent in Cinque Terre, eating in local restaurants where the local seafood is a staple.
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