Cinque Terre Villages, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare For Hiking Italy's Coast

Cinque Terre, Hiking Between Villages, Italy
Hiking the grape orchards and olive groves high above the Mediterranean Sea, you look down on five tiny villages tucked into the rocks between the beach and the steep hills.   
Cinque Terre describes five fishing villages that have resisted progress for a olives.
While hiking above the villages on the steep hills, you see the Mediterranean Sea below each town from the necklace of trails that connects the olive groves and vineyards.
There is not much to do in Cinque Terre but hike the trails during the day and in the evening, dine on pesto and olives, and fish from the daily harvest while drinking the local white wine and watching  Mediterranean sunsets over the Sea.

Monterosso al Mare and Vernazza

Monterosso al Mare offers a beach, train station, and ferry stop.  Vernazza offers a sheltered cove with dockside restaurants.  A trail runs between the two villages.
From the hills above, the view of the tiny cove and its rocky edges makes a dramatic contrast to the warm tones in the brightly colored buildings.   A church, and castle are located along the hiking trail that descends into the village.  From Vernazza the trails lead north towards Monterosso al Mare, climbing high into the grape and olive orchards with great views of the Mediterranean Sea .  If you choose not to make the two hour hike, you can take the ferry that makes trips between the villages.  (excluding Corniglia where train service is available)
Vernazza  has some history of marine activity, its ideal harbor once sheltered a Roman fleet.

Monterosso al Mare  is the fifth village as you head north along the coast.   It has a broad sandy beach and many tourist amenities of a typical resort.  The water taxi/ shuttle stops at the dock and connects Monterosso al Mare to the other four villages in the Cinque Terre.

The water taxi/ Shuttle boats connect the five villages by sea
Cinque Terre Villages use the Trails to go from village to village. The farmers use them to tend vineyards and hikers have found that they can reach each village through the terraces seen in the background on the hillside above the town. (left)
Boat and train service also connects the villages.  The park also runs a bus between villages for hikers
Cinque Terre Villages  are connected by trails that go from village to village and are used by farmers to tend vineyards and olive groves.
If you are flying into Rome for a trip to Cinque Terre you can count on the temperature being warm year round. You can keep your wardrobe simple.  Base it on a few neutral colors like brown and black to travel light and flexible.
Rome is a sophisticated city and could require formal dress in some restaurants (Necktie suit jacket, dress)
Cinque Terre will be casual dress throughout.  Hiking clothes for trail use between villages
Rome has a climate similar to the mid USA at sea level, cool Dec. Jan. 40s but no ice or snow, warm summers, June July August, 80s  possible light rain in Spring.
Cinque Terre is north of Rome on the Mediterranean Coast south of Genoa.
Cinque Terre Villages, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare in the Five Lands For Hiking Italy's Coast are the fourth and fifth villages heading northwest. Vernaza offers a good cove with dockside restaurants,Monterosso offers a sand beach.
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