The decision we made yesterday took fruition and we donned our walking boots and rucksacks with water to see us through for the days hike.
We followed the same cobbled path as we had done the day before and soon crossed the modern road, following the cobbled track up the hill. The views back over Lavanto, were spectacular.
Still we climbed following the path past the back of a bed and breakfast establishment, not something I expected to see, but there you go. finally reaching a road which we followed for about before striking off on to a rugged cliff path.
The walk was moderately difficult with a few scrambles up steep muddy sections and along narrow cliff top trails, but not so difficult as to cause any concern for the return trip. The views were spectacular all the way along the walk, but when the Cinque Terre (Five villages clinging to the cliff face, only accessible by foot or train) the views became awe-inspiring.Some kind soul had made the path down to the first town of the Cinque Terre, Monterosso al Mer, less hazardous by building steps, a walkers nightmare, especially as no two steps were of the same size!
We finally reached the town and treated ourselves to an ice-cream and Julia to a new hat
I have to say that the town that looked amazing from on top of the cliff, was now like the rest of the Italy we had got to see, slightly scraggy and in need of a large wedge of T.L.C.
We worked our way up hill towards the start of the path back to the campsite. The mountain loomed over us, egging us on, until...
Private, No Entry, Footpath Closed...
Someone had built a house on the footpath and claimed it as their own!
We turned and headed back into town. Disappointed and unwilling to retrace our steps home, we decided to take the train back through the mountain to the station about from the campsite. So we paid our €3 and took the 10 minute train ride back to Levanto.
‘How glad I was that we hadn't walked!
We found a couple of medieval buildings in the middle of the old town to compensate for not walking back.
As we arrived back at the campsite, it started to rain, this soon turned readily to hail, sleet and snow, How glad I was that we hadn't walked!