by Stephen Price
I’ve spent the last fifteen years travelling the world and running everywhere I can, from the Netherlands to Nepal, from Jordan to Japan and from Antigua to Azerbaijan.
During my travels I’ve met many people from all walks of life. And, regardless of where I am when running, or when speaking with people abroad or back in Canada, one inevitable question always comes up: Where is my favorite place to run?
Since narrowing it down to just one place is quite impossible, I’ve narrowed the list down to five places (based on safety, amount of English spoken, and relative ease to get to and around in). Here is the second installment of my Five Favorite Places to Run Abroad list:
Cinque Terre, Italy
Like Vietnam mentioned in my first post, Italy has a plethora of amazing places to run, however, my personal favorite is the area that spans the Five Lands of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. This 12K paved stretch of incredibly hilly and scenic pathway is nothing short of breathtaking. The route is broken up by each of the postcard perfect towns listed above, making it possible to take breaks every hour or so. And, to reward yourself for making it up and down between each of the five villages, there’s no shortage of gelato and other fine, Italian eats.
There’s now an admission fee to access the trails, but I assure you that it is worth every Euro and will provide you with a lifetime of photos and memories.
Italy is also a very safe place to visit and is well connected by both public transport and Internet, making travel a breeze.
Why Cinque Terre? Think gelato, pizza and Italian food in general, mix in a whopping dose of culture and architecture, ocean views and the romance that goes with being in Europe. Fantastic wine, pastries and the Italian Riveria.
The view from the trail
One of the stretches of trail