Cinque Terre was a dream come true - five villages nestled into the ocean and filled with old colorful houses! We spent several days wandering through the villages and hiking above the ocean from village to village. We even found time to jump into the ocean for a wonderful cool down!
We loved our time in Cinque Terre. While the destination is an Italian tourist hot spot, especially in the summer months, we decided to hike off the beaten path and head towards Portovenere - a village on the Ligurian coast in the province of La Spezia.
We chatted with a local lad who worked at the hostel near Riomaggoire, where we were staying for several nights, and he told us of a locally known day hike from Riomaggiore over the mountains and cliff side over to Portovenere village. We had a wonderful day hiking off the main route (and trying not to get lost!) and coming across beautiful and challenging areas as we made the trek over to Portovenere.
After exploring the village and having an extra large pizza we boarded the ferry and headed back to Riomaggiore for the evening.