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monterosso to vernazza

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Wearing: Alice McCall blue playsuit | Lilya Ada dress in polenta

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One of the things I loved most about Cinque Terre was the opportunity to capture some of the most breathtaking views I’ve seen! Cinque Terre is famous for its hikes and the spectacular views of the towns it brings and I was really excited about going on these to snap some pics and get close to nature.

ABOUT THE TRAILS

The most popular trails where you see most of the images tourists take are the ‘blue trails’. These are the ones that require the purchase of a Cinque Terre pass (the other ones are free) and are generally the shorter trails which run closest to the coast. Though for those who are interested in taking the blue trail, only half of it is currently open when we went (September 2015) as the other half was closed due to heavy rain a few years ago which created some landslides on the others. So at the moment, the open blue trails are Monterosso to Vernazza and Vernazza to Corniglia. The popular Via Del’Amore (Lover’s lane) which is the trail between Manarola & Riomaggiore is apparently scheduled to open later this year. However, don’t let the closed trails dishearten you because if you want to walk trails, there are still other ones (longer ones) that you could do and if you want to see the postcard view of the villages, you can still do this because you can still walk the start and end of each trail which is where you catch the picturesque views of the villages anyway.

THE MONTEROSSO TO VERNAZZA TRAIL

Of the two blue trails open, we had time to do one. We took the trail from Monterosso to Vernazza which is known to be the ‘most difficult’ of all blue trails but don’t be scared guys, it’s not bad at all! One of the things we debated about prior to doing the trail was which direction to go from as there is a lot of opinion for both options. For us, we started from Monterosso and thought this was probably the best option for us. Firstly, about 90% of the crowd doing the trail also started in the same direction, so it felt easier to take the path of the majority rather than trying to walk the opposite direction of everyone on a really narrow path. Also, at the start of the trail from Monterosso, there’s an extreme amount of stairs going upwards and we loved having to get them done at the start (though of course if you go the other direction you get to go down this monstrous amount of stairs). To top it all off, you get to see Vernazza as you approach it rather than having to turn around and look.

For those who love to capture beautiful landscapes, then as a one day itinerary I recommend doing the hike from Monterosso to Vernazza, spending the afternoon at Vernazza (make sure to visit also the start of the trail from Vernazza to Corniglia to capture Vernazza from behind + also drop by at Gelateria Vernazza – BEST fig ice-cream I’ve ever had!) and then walk the start of the hike again from Vernazza to capture the beautiful village as it quietens down at sunset. At this time of the night, you’ll have the trail completely to yourselves so it’s completely magical – but you might get lost looking for the right path too, as we did!

Photography: Thomas Debono & I 

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    Angela
    November 7, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    I am completely captivated by your photos right now. What a dream! I would LOVE to visit one day, it’s actually on the top of my bucket list x

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      kisforkani
      November 7, 2015 at 1:37 PM

      Thanks! I hope you get a chance soon, you will love it :)

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    Sasa Zoe
    November 7, 2015 at 12:43 AM

    Awesome:P

    Shall We Sasa

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      kisforkani
      November 7, 2015 at 1:36 PM

      Thanks!

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    Jesska
    November 7, 2015 at 5:32 AM

    The colours are amazing! Looks beautiful xxxxx

    Jesska – Opal Soul

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      kisforkani
      November 7, 2015 at 1:36 PM

      Thanks Jesska :)

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    Elle Kirsten
    November 7, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    That Alice McCall playsuit it amazing! The pastel blue perfectly contrasts the vibrant colors of Vernazza <3
    Once again, amazing post! Keep it up!

    Elle | thisisyugen.blogspot.com

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      kisforkani
      November 7, 2015 at 1:36 PM

      Thanks !

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    Kristina | lettersfromk
    November 7, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    stunning! all these colours have definitely brightened up my day

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      kisforkani
      November 7, 2015 at 1:37 PM

      <3

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    Claire Wang
    November 8, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    Your pictures are absolutely stunning – every single one of them. They’re all so colorful and bright, I wonder how you do it!
    Loved this post too. Although I’ve been to Italy twice, I’ve somehow never been to Cinque Terre. I really gotta get on that :)

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      kisforkani
      November 12, 2015 at 12:39 PM

      It’s a little hard to get to isn’t it! We took something like 1 bus and 3 trains to get there from Lake Garda. Definitely make a trip down, you will love it, every bit!

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    Lydia Teo
    November 8, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Major wanderlust while looking at your photos! I’m going to Europe for student exchange next year and I’m so tempted now to plan a visit to Italy following all your recommendations, haha :P

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      kisforkani
      November 12, 2015 at 12:40 PM

      You should! I think Italy is one of my favourite European countries right now. It’s got such a diverse set of landscapes from the rolling hills in Tuscany (which I have yet to visit) to inland resort like areas like Lake Garda & Como… then there’s the coast – Almafi or Cinque Terre and big city Rome or romantic Florence. Don’t get me started on Venice too!!

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    Stephanie
    November 8, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    Amazing!

    http://www.stepfromsteph.blogspot.com

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      kisforkani
      November 12, 2015 at 12:40 PM

      Thanks! :)

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    Frenchies Under The Sun
    November 11, 2015 at 6:15 AM

    Thanks for sharing such nice photos!

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    xx

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      kisforkani
      November 12, 2015 at 12:40 PM

      Thank you!

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    Damaris / The cat, you and us
    November 11, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    So great to remember the Cinque Terre trip from last June through your pics :) we stayed at Monterosso and the only trail opened was the one to Vernazza, which we really enjoyed a lot no matter the ups and downs :) It was a little difficult sometimes but perfectly doable.

    In case you would like to see here is a little silly film we made during our stay at Cinque Terre: http://www.thecatyouandus.com/cinque-terre-the-film/

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      kisforkani
      November 12, 2015 at 12:41 PM

      Yes there are so many up and downs! Especially when leaving Monterosso. But it was such a great walk.

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    Juliet Gisele
    November 20, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Absolutely stunning scenery Connie and these colours are just making my heart burst with joy :’)

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    Sashacxo
    March 11, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    I have been to Monterosso twice and don’t know why I haven’t done this trail! It looks so stunning and can’t wait to go back one day and experience more of Cinque Terre

    http://www.sashacharmainexo.blogspot.co.uk

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