The Rambling Writer’s Italy, part 20: Cinque Terre’s Path of Love

Your Italy retro Virtual Vacation continues as Thor and I walk the path between Cinque Terre villages and take some beach time.

NOTE: Since European travel is still a no-go with the pandemic continuing, I’m continuing my blog series offering a virtual vacation and time-travel to my first big trip with Thor in 2008. Italy! After starting with highlight photos posted here on Saturday, Jan. 30, I’ll now resume every week (after the blogging detour in real time to Hawaii). Join us in Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, Venice, and Milan. Buon viaggio!

The clouds continued in and out, and the sea was stirred up, but we had another hot day for the 15-minute, easy walk from our room in Riomaggiore to the next village, Manarola. This section of the Sentiero Azzurro (Blue Path) is the popular Via Dell’Amore (Path of Love, or Lover’s Lane).

Sadly, Lover’s Lane was one of the sections severely damaged by the terrible mudslides and rockslides of 2011 (see my previous post in this series), and it’s been closed since then. There is reconstruction happening, with reopening of this very popular trail possible in 2023 or 2024. We were ready for a swim to cool off, but decided to pass on this detour:

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The Rambling Writer’s Italy, part 20: Cinque Terre’s Path of Love — 4 Comments

  1. That was such a cool place. I’ve always wondered what it must be like to live in a little village like that in such close quarters. It’s like living in a doll house.