We hiked between 5 and 10 miles each day, oftentimes on quite hilly terrain. The physical activity was tiring, but in a really satisfying sort of way. Hiking in such beautiful surroundings felt almost meditative. And I'm pretty sure I've never slept better in my entire life!
Incredible view from the trail
A view of Riomaggiore, one of the pastel-hued towns that comprise the Cinque Terre (which means "Five Lands").
We took a boat to dinner at Locanda Lorena, a waterfront restaurant located on a private island across from the town of Portovenere.
Beautiful hydrangea in shades of baby pink and periwinkle
The water is so blue...I was mesmerized.
The view from our table at dinner in Portovenere
The hiking was tough at times (there were some serious hills), but it was well worth it for views like this one, of Vernazza another one of the Cinque Terre villages.
Pretty bushels of lavender for sale in Santa Margarita Ligure.
I'm so glad we decided to do the hiking trip, as there really is no better way to see this region than to walk right through it. There really aren't words for how beautiful it is, but hopefully I've captured some sense of it in these photos.