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April 2005: Cinque Terre, Italy

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In April, I spent with Tine a weekend in Cinque Terre, a small stretch of rocky coastline in Liguria between La Spezia and Genoa. It is one of the most scenic places in Italy. "Cinque" is the Italian word for five and refers to five little villages, which are venturously built into ravines falling off into the Mediterranean Sea. The terraced hills around the villages feature hundreds of miles of dry walling drudgingly built by hand and are cultivated into vineyards and olive groves.

Tine and I rented a room in Manarola, hiked during the following two days along the coast, visited all villages, ate lots of good food, drank lots of good wine and cappuccino, and had lots of fun.


Panorama of Manarola



From Manarola to Vernazza
On the first day, we hiked from Manarola to Corniglia, and from there to Vernazza. The trail provided a permanent view on the Ligurian coast. It was as beautiful as it can get on this planet!


Manarola from the Sea

Main Street of Manarola

Manarola During Dusk

Stations of the Cross

Via Crucis During Night


Wine of Tyrants

Lunch Break 1

Roadside Beauty



From Vernazza to Levanto
On the second day, we went from Manarola to Vernazza by boat, hiked to Monterosso, and from there to Levanto. In the evening, we drove back to Pisa by train, visited the leaning tower, and flew back to Germany. After another week of taking care of my mom, I returned to San Diego.



Harbor of Vernazza

Lunch Break 2


Alley in Levanto


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