We woke up on our full day in Cinque Terre early and went downstairs to Bar Centrale’s breakfast bar and had pastries and cappuccino for breakfast and planned our day. We had learned from our AirBnB host (who happened to work for the Italian National Park Service) that three-quarters of the Lover’s Trail was closed since the landslides in 2011. She informed us though that there were still plenty of trails between all the towns…they were just much more difficult. We decided to tackle one of those trails, take the train between some others, and hike the one section of the Lover’s Trail that was open.
Our town of Riomaggiore was on the end of the five, so we could work our way from end to end. We started the day by taking the three minute train ride to Manarola. It was a pretty small town and didn’t have much to see, but it was still beautiful. It was one of the two towns that we had read before our trip didn’t have much to do and weren’t huge destinations for tourists to stay. But from here we started a two-and-a-half hour hike through the mountains above Cinque Terre between Manarola and Corniglia.