Today we hiked from Corniglia to Riomaggiore. We took the Trail 7a which leaves Corniglia just a few steps from our B&B. It was a beautiful morning. The trail goes pretty much straight upwards, with not too many switchbacks, so you gain elevation quickly.
We walked through some really lovely forest. I did recognize some of the plants including bracken ferns, blackberries, sage, thyme and wood violets.
From 7a, we took Trail 1 across several peaks. We hit Mt. Marverde (660 mt), Mt. Capri (785 mt) and Mt. Galera (708 mt). A great deal of it traversed shady woodland, which was pleasant on a sunny afternoon. When the trees opened up there were stunning views of the Mediterranean.
From the peaks we took Trail 01 downwards to Riomaggiore. This was a bit more overgrown then the other trails and we reminded ourselves that in the future we would bring the bottom legs to our hiking pants to zip on later in case of thorny foliage…no matter how warm the weather. We were certainly sporting some scratches by the time we reached Riomaggiore, but we hardly noticed because the views were superlative.
After a long day hiking, there’s nothing quite like homemade pasta. We came across the excellent Primo Piatto on our walk through town. They serve up made-to-order containers of pasta for takeaway. I was in love the minute I walked in the store and saw all the fresh pasta. We had the trofie with pesto sauce. Heaven in a dish my friends. And also the perfect ending to a wonderful day in Cinque Terre.