Posted by: trekguyd | October 29, 2011

Via dell”Amore closed

Its hard enough trying to get information out of the newscasts, to see what is going on in Cinque Terre, so we went out on a hike high above the Via dell’Amore to see what the conditions were really like. We took trail number 6 and 7 ascending from Riomaggiore and up to Volastra. There are only 2 or 3 places where the water damage had taken down trees and a part of the trail was washed out, but not unpassable.

Via dell"Amore empty

Coming down into Corniglia, we saw some mud that washed down the trail. Trains were late but stopped in Corniglia. One cannot go any further from there. Only volunteers are allowed in. Monterosso and Vernazza are the heaviest hit. The other three villages, Riomaggiore, Corniglia and Manarola are okay. Unfortunately the Via dell’Amore is closed. There are not a whole lot of tourists around right now and the ones that are, are mostly confused about the train schedules and what is open. Trains run, but a lot of them are cancelled or at the very least late.

The heaviest hit areas are Vernazza and Monterosso. t will take a lot of work to get the mud out from the streets and buildings. One can see the mud from high above as a milky looking streak in the harbor of Vernazza. A crane was brought in by boat today.

Via dell'Amore closed until further notice

Posted by: trekguyd | October 28, 2011

Vernazza before and after the flood

The images of the disastrous flood rushing down the streets of towns in Cinque Terre are terrifying. There are some trains running intermittently up to Cornilia. Train service is sporadic. Travelers are having to find alternate ways to get in or out of Cinque Terre.

Vernazza before the flood

Verazza after the flood

Posted by: trekguyd | October 26, 2011

Flood in Monterosso Oct 25

Floods have touched Cinque Terre, heavy rains caused flooding and rocks slides. Trails are closed, no train service and we have some power back.

Posted by: trekguyd | October 22, 2011

Fire touches trail to Santurio

Last weeks fire left the hillside facing the ocean charred and completely left most houses untouched. In some areas the water-pipes running up and down the trail to the Santuario are incinerated. A light sent of smoke is still in the air and you can see black brush on parts of the trail. Though the fire caused quite a bit of damage on the South side, the trails are still nothing short of spectacular. The ash in the air made for a particular beautiful sunsets.

Sunset at the Via dell'Amore after the fire

Posted by: trekguyd | October 19, 2011

Riomaggiore Fire

Saturday’s fire took a toll on the Riomaggiore hillside, taking out structures and vineyards. Wires for Electricity are currently being re-strung to regain power in the area.

Two helicopters and an airplane trying to put out the Riomaggiore Fire

Posted by: trekguyd | May 14, 2011

showers ahead

A change in the weather coming and maybe some showers ahead of us here in Cinque Terre.

Posted by: trekguyd | May 14, 2011

Via Dell’Amore Prices

The trail is now open between Corniglia and Monterosso, But still closed Manarola to Corniglia. The price is €5.00 on weekdays and €6.00 on weekends

Posted by: trekguyd | October 8, 2010

Portovenere remains a popular hike

Over the last view months, Portovenere remained the most popular hike offered through Trekguyd. The feedback from young and old seems unanimous. “I am glad I did it”, say trekkers looking back over the mountain range on the boat ride back to Riomaggiore. But no matter how many times I trek through along the white and red marked trail, I always see something new. I plan to take it many more times.

At the very beginning of the hike, looking back at Riomaggiore, after a short incline seems worth it already. One has no idea of the layout of the town, unless looking at it from above. Looking over the vineyards and rusticos build into the mountain range really tells a story of the long history and agriculture in this area.

 

View over the village of Riomaggiore

 

Next we arrive at a plateau far above the sea with a beautiful church the “Santuario di Montenero”.  From there you can see all five villages of Cinque Terre and two other villages that are never mentioned. Here we take a short brake to take in the breathtaking views. Every year, in September, the famous “Schiacchtra”and other grapes are harvested and men are walking around with big crates on their shoulders replacing the hand-woven baskets  they once used. From this location, far in the distance, you can see lands end, which is the goal of this hike – Portovenere.

 

Santuario di Montenero

 

Leaving our first stop behind, we take the Portovenere trail. This is where the trail becomes a liitle complicated for inexperienced trekkers. We take a more scenic path, unlike following the markings, that lead to a paved road. On our chosen path (3A) we go through a wooded area where former vineyards used to be. The trail is narrow with a view of the sea below you. The dome of the Santuario will be a marker for the distance you have traveled.

 

Looking back from above to the Santuario di Montenero

 

The next stop will be a little church with a sign above the door which reads: “God don’t abandon me”. Depending on the weather this is a very appropriate warning. We usually take a short brake for fruit and water here. From this point you can really see how far you have come. The next incline will be on Nature’s stairway. This will bring us back out to the original trail.

 

Nature's stairway

 

The trail leads through open areas and forest regions until we reach the small village of Campiglia, which dates back to the 700’s, which is about 400 meters above the sea. Leaving Campiglia the terrain becomes very rocky and demands shoes with good traction. It is anything other than walking the easy trails of the Via’del Amore.

 

Lookout point to Portovenere

 

One really feels on top of the world hiking along the ridge of this mountain range. From this lookout point you can see Campiglia, where you just came from and the church on the point of Portovenere. It is a constant struggle to decide to watch out for the rocky terrain and wanting to take in the breathtaking views. But this rock seems to beckon to stop the trek and take in the views for a while, which we will do.

The trail continues and eventually descents into the town of Portovenere. A long set of stairs lead down to the center of town and runs along the side of the Doria castle. This is a very steep decline and the path consists of loose rocks.

 

View to Doria castle and San Pietro church

 

But the real treat comes in taking the boat ride back to Riomaggiore, where you can see the castle, the church, the town of Portovenere and the mountain range from the water.

Hope to take you there..

Pall (Trekguyd)

Posted by: trekguyd | April 2, 2010

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