Saturday, November 8, 2014

Cinque Terre Trail Running

Home Base - Vernazza

This past weekend was a long holiday weekend in Italy which afforded a great opportunity to travel to Cinque Terre (literally translated as 5 lands), a rugged section of the Italian Riveria with exceptional trails. While most tourists opt for the seaside trails that connect the five villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomagiorre, we took advantage of the higher trails that are seldom frequented and surprise and delight as one runs through vineyards, forests, and along windswept ridges. Here are some pictures of three great days of trail running followed by good food and wine (not necessarily in that order). 

Post run recovery drink and afternoon nap in the sun
Running through vineyards
Forest Trails

The trails would go through the heart of villages

Climbing out of Corniglia

Adrienne catching the train to the start of her run

The possible outcome of running along cliffs

Endless views of the sea

One of many surprise ruins along the trails

1 comment:

Chuck said...

Fantastic! I had the pleasure of visiting Cinque Terre back in 2008. I ran up from one town, asked directions from a local on how to get up to the ridge (he pointed up), ran across a ways till I thought I might have gone too far, then back down to a town and followed the shoreline trail back to where I started. So different that here in the states. Your pics bring back memories.