European Vacation – September 20/19 – Manarola-Volastra-Corniglia Hike (Cinque Terre) Italy – Part 2 – Volastra – Turning Point

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.

Beautiful stone buildings
Innovative decor from locally available materials
Fresh Roma tomatoes delivered from the garden to your door
Flagstonew walkway
View from the backside of the town
Local living
In the village of Volastra
Pause for refreshment
Laundry day
Local house planting
A real proud, tidy village
Moving grapes in for pressing
Flowers against the bright blue sky
One last load to move

Refreshed and rested, we wandered out of the village to head back out on the trail to Corniglia.

Off to our next stop
Into the vineyards

…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.

10 thoughts on “European Vacation – September 20/19 – Manarola-Volastra-Corniglia Hike (Cinque Terre) Italy – Part 2 – Volastra – Turning Point

    1. I think it is as simple as it gets in the hill villages. If only we had spoken Italian, we could have pretended we were locals, except with less then 200 people in the village, I am pretty sure they would have figured us out shortly. Thanks for reading Lael. Hope your Christmas season is going well. Allan

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      1. Hee Hee, but it would have been fun to try. Unless they ran you off with a rolling pin of course! Do you know any Spanish? Apparently, it’s close to Italian.

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      2. Sure, until they start throwing tomatoes at me. No Spanish, but I do speak some French. This might have been worse than English. Great people smiling all the time. I am sure they were happy that some tourists stopped for a spell, instead of just walking on through. Cheers. Allan


    1. We all did. This is what Cinque Terre would look like without tourists, I guess. The restaurant we stopped in for our drink looked like it would be the place to go for fine dining. I would bet it would be just like having a meal with family. Thanks for reading Aiva. Allan

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