Oh, September, where did you go?

It’s October 1, where did September go? Oh, that’s right Como, Bellagio, Reggio Emilia, Bologna, Parma, Modena, Florence, Orvieto (a couple of times), Rome, Ripabottoni, Campobasso, Siena, Corniglia, Riomaggiore, and Manarola. Whew! We decided we need to get home and veg; this vacation stuff is exhausting.

The weather looked decidedly better today than yesterday. The sky was filled with clouds, but breaks of sky showed through. The forecast for the day called for clearing skies and a high in the upper 60s.

Today looks much better from the living room

It was 60° when we left for our hike to Vernazza at about 9:30. In keeping with his recent skills, Dave started us off on the wrong trail to Vernazza, so we had to turn around. The good news was that it allowed us to be back to the apartment and change into cooler clothes. As the hike and day went on, we were very happy we were able to go back and change.

Sanctuary of St. Peter’s church in Corniglia
Altar in St. Peter’s Church n Corniglia
View of Corniglia from “wrong” trail
View of Corniglia from trail to Vernazza
View of Corniglia from trail to Vernazza
This wagon is on a bar that is used in the farming operations down the hil. You can see the drive mechanism under the rail.
This wagon is on a bar that is used in the farming operations down the hil. You can see the drive mechanism under the rail.
View of St. Barnardino from the trail to Vernazza
This is one of the easy parts of the trail from Corniglia to Vernazza
Easy part of the trail from Corniglia to Vernazza
View of Corniglia from trail to Vernazza
View back to Corniglia from trail to Vernazza
View from trail to Vernazza
Dave on trail to Vernazza
It’s starting to get a little more challengin going to Vernazza
While we don’t condone the defacing of public property, we thought it was cool to see a sticker for Left Coast Brewing, a brewery we visited four years ago with friends who live in San Clemente
Coastline back to Corniglia from trail to Vernazza
View toward Monterosso from trail to Vernazza … the boat in the bottom center is one that goes between the various towns
Heading down the trail to Vernazza isn’t easy either … it can be steep, muddy, and slippery
Sailboats and a freighter in the sea off the coast of the trail to Vernazza
We were thrilled when we could finally see Vernazza with Monterosso in the background. The dark brown building is where tickets to use the trail are validated.
As we approached the restaurant, the bells in town began ringing. Maybe they were welcoming us to town after our strenuous hike.

After about two hours, about 2.12 miles, and elevation change of 397 ft from minimum to maximum, but not total elevation changes, we arrived at La Torre Ristorante in Vernazza. Our reservations were for 14:00, but we asked if we could be seated then and they obliged. For full disclosure, we decided that we didn’t want to walk back up to the restaurant at 14:00, so it’s good they let us change.

Vernazza from Ristorante La Torre
Who is that hanging on the deck of Ristorante La Torre in Vernazza
One of the seating areas at Ristorante La Torre in Vernazza

This restaurant was recommended by Matt and Carlee for its views and food. The restaurant exceeded our expectations on both accounts. Dave ordered the mixed fried seafood, which consisted of anchovies, calamari, shrimp, and fish. Linda ordered the mixed seafood grill, which had calamari, shrimp, fish filet, and a prawn (though it had a claw, which seemed odd). We, too, would recommend it to anyone visiting Vernazza.

Grilled Seafood at Ristorante La Torre in Vernazza
Fried mixed seafood at Ristorante La Torre in Vernazza
Plating at Ristorante la Torre
Chef making Spaghetti di Mare at Ristorante di Torre
Spaghetti di Mare at Ristorante La Torre

After lunch we walked into Vernazza. What a fun little town. It is the weekend, so there are way too many people in town for our likes, but it was still a great place. The boats throughout the town were a treat and the waterfront was nice.

If you remember the cart we took a picture of earlier, you can see a person driving one in this video in the terraced farms of Vernazza
Architecture in Vernazza
Shopping in Vernazza
Hustle and bustle of Vernazza and the relaxation on the steps
Street scene in Vernazza
Street scene in Vernazza
Church of Saint Margherita of Antioch – old church, quite rustic
Street scene by harborfront in Vernazza
St. Margaherita of Antioch Church in Vernazza
Waterfront area of Vernazza
Baots lined up by the waterfront in Vernazza
Laundry day in Vernazza
Altar in St. Margherita of Antioch Church in Vernazza
A very rustic feel to St. Margherita of Antioch Church in Vernazza
Time for something new, a Limoncello Spritz
Check out that Limoncello Spritz
While not clear, the hole in the rock opens to the sea
Looks like laundry day for someone in Vernazza

We then walked back to the train station and boarded a train, with lots of other tourists, to Monterosso by the Sea. This area more sprawling and because of how tired we were, we probably didn’t give it the attention it deserved. It feels more like a resort town to us and there is a very nice beach area that was in use today, even with temperatures only in the upper 60s to low 70s. But, it was warm in the sun (and in the water too, based upon the number of people in the sea). Oh, we were able to find a gelato shop … we know you are surprised. Linda had a scoop of Salty Caramel and a scoop of Mascarpone Caramel and Hazelnut. Dave had a scoop of Stracciatella Mediteranea and a scoop of Crema 5 Terre. All four were excellent.

Street scene and beach in Monterosso
Waterfront in Monterosso
We can’t figure out what that structure on top is – Monterosso
Beach in Monterosso
Cool rock in sea at Monterosso
Sea front in Monterosso
Seafront in Monterosso

Boarding the train, we left Monterosso and headed back to Corniglia. It was about 16:00, so it seemed like a good time for a break

For dining tonight, we ate our left-over meats and cheeses and got a sausage pizza from the pizzeria across the street from our apartment. We enjoyed everything and it was important to get rid of the leftovers, since we will be heading out tomorrow. For a special treat tonight, we watched “L.A. Confidential”. It was a nice relaxing night.

Sausage pizza from pizzeria across the street from our apartment in Corniglia
One last sunset in Corniglia

If you would like to see more detail of the pictures in this post, you can click here: 2022-10-01 Corniglia-Vernazza-Monterosso.