While we did not have the time or energy to hike between all 5 Cinque Terre villages, we did want to hike at least one trail and this was going to be the one. Total length from the Manarola train station through Volastra and down into Corniglia was 7.4 km (4.6 miles) with 400 meters (1,312 feet) of elevation gain.
On a gorgeous day that promised to be hot and sunny, we started off early, taking the train from Riomaggiore to Manarola. On arrival in Manarola, we walked through the tunnel to Via Antonio Discovolo, stopping in a little grocery store for some fruit tp take on our hike.
Then we trudged up the hill past an old mill to Chiesa de San Lorenzo at the top of the village. We spent some time looking at the views….
….and the church.
We had thought to save some uphill walking by taking the bus between Manarola and Volastra, but the bus never came. While we waited, we pondered the greenery and what to do.
After 20 minutes, we gave up waiting and started up the trail. And I do mean up. The village at the top is Volastra, 1200 steps, then an uphill path, all in all 335 meters (1,099 feet).
We were soon walking along a shady part of the path, as we headed up through a variety of trees into the olive groves.
Almost out of breath, we arrived in the gardens and houses leading into Volastra. It had only taken us 50 minutes to get to this point. Yay?