Ah Cinque Terre you just kept getting better and better. Your people, your food, your views, your everything. I was in awe the entire time.
We woke up early on our first morning in Cinque Terre to begin the hike from our home base in Vernazza to Monterosso, the fifth Cinque Terre town. We had heard that the hike would be tough, but the views would be unreal. "Sureee," I thought. "I do boot camp and yoga. I got this."
Lets just say that we made it, but that hike was no joke. We hiked up and up, and even straighter up, and then up a gazillion stairs for a good three hours.
The views? Well, they really were unreal. We were surrounded by bright blue water, walked through vineyards that were sprinkled along the hills, and saw cliff jumpers splashing into the water. It was magical.
As we neared the end of the hike, we saw the pastel colored buildings and bright blue beach umbrellas of Monterosso al Mare. Once there we stopped at the first focaccia sandwich place we could find. That sandwich? It actually ended up being one of the yummiest things we had on our trip. Ohhh Italia.