Volastra, while not one of the five busy tourist villages in Cinque Terre is still inside the national park. The permanent population is less than 200 residents and the most notable building in the village is Nostra Signora della Salute (“Our Lady of Health”) church from the twelfth century.
We huffed and puffed our way up the final flights of stone steps into Volastra, desperately needing a breather and a cool drink.
Most day hikers were stopping at the convenience store at the bend in the trail. We opted to explore a bit and wandered the town and we are so glad we did. It was everything we were missing in the busier villages below, a real snippet in local living.
Refreshed and rested, we wandered out of the village to head back out on the trail to Corniglia.
…stopping into the historical church.
We munched on the bananas from Manarola and were soon off on the next leg of the hike, wistfully wishing we could experience how dark and quiet it must be up here at night.