We hiked just north of the Cinque Terre for three days. We were exhausted every day after our adventure: one day due to steps, another due to the steep inclines and descents, and another due to rocks and at times due to all three conditions.
Our friends, Vittorio and Fabienne, are in much better shape than we are and were often far ahead of us. At times I wished that we were small goats as it would have been much easier. The views were outstanding and once each walk was completed, we were quite proud of ourselves, until we heard that the time that it took us was far longer than what was expected.
We hiked around the towns of Framura, Sestri Levante, and Bonassola, a great addition to hiking the Cinque Terre, as the paths are not as well travelled where we were but have equally amazing views of the sea and surrounding countryside.
We stayed at a lovely agriturismo, Sostio a Levante, www.sostioalevante.com, in the high hills above Framura. The evening meals were outstanding as the owners were convivial and the wife is an incredible cook. We thoroughly enjoyed the wine, cheese and cold cuts on the terrace accompanied by beautiful mountain and garden views.
When I returned to this area this May, I knew that I would return, and so I shall in just a few weeks. It doesn’t matter what season you go to Liguria, it always has beauty, serenity, and challenging walks to offer the intrepid traveler.