Manarola and Riomaggiore in the Cinque Terre

The Via Dell' Amore Path between Riomaggiore and Manarola on Cinque Terre Trail.

The Via Dell’ Amore Path between Riomaggiore and Manarola on Cinque Terre Trail.

I love taking photos and Italy is a photographer’s dream come true!  Here are a few shots of Riomaggiore and Manarola.

Manarola as seen from the rocks below the village

Manarola as seen from the rocks below the village

Ceramics in Manarola

Ceramics in Manarola

In each town in the Cinque Terre, we find beautiful and quaint shops where we enjoy shopping, ‘oohing and aahing’ over the ceramics, packaged or bottled local food items, clothing, olive oil, limoncello and wine.

Riomaggiore Harbor

Riomaggiore Harbor


If you would like to savor more photos of Riomaggiore and Manarola, you can see them on flick’r page and through Janey’s blogposts and photos.  Janey, one of the lovely women who traveled with me in 2012 writes about the Italy Retreat as seen through her lens.

She’s a great example of what it means to follow her dream and make a commitment to manifest it.  Last winter she  had the desire to travel to Italy and when she found my women’s tour online, she was excited to join us.  In her enthusiasm, she invited her best friend, Lisa, to join us too, and so the fun began.

Janey invited her friend, Lisa, to join the Retreat.

Janey invited her friend, Lisa, to join the Retreat.

Did I mention shopping?! We stimulated the Italian economy a little, right Katy and Hilary?IMG_1056

Join us in September and invite your friends! We only have room for 7 women.

Hiking in the Cinque Terre

Walking in nature has never been better than in the Cinque Terre! The easy walk takes only 25 minutes from Riomaggiore to Manarola. The panoramic views overlooking the Mediterranean (called the Ligurian Sea here) are dotted with exotic plants like the agave and cactus, as well as fascinating geological rock formations in layers. At both ends of the path are the train stations, so you can hop on the train for under two euros to get to the next Cinque Terre village or many other cities in Italy.

Via Dell’ Amore trail seen from upper street in RioMaggiore

Heading to Manarola from Riomaggiore Hiking trail

These next photos are the path that begins in Monterosso, the northern Cinque Terre village where we stay for my Italy Retreat For Women.  It continues for 90 minutes to the next village of Vernazza. Climbing up past one of the Monterosso beaches, we begin our journey.  It’s a challenge and a transformational experience, but we take our time, and rest along the way drinking lots of water. I recommend bringing small packets of electroytes along with plenty of water. If you have bad knees, I don’t recommend this hike since there are around 700 steps along the way.

Climbing into the light through grape vineyards and olive trees

Hiking from Monterosso to Vernazza

The view of Monterosso from the hiking trail to Vernazza

Some of the path has hand rails, but not all of it

Take your time walking any of the trails, visit the quaint stores in each town, eat the delicious food and savor every moment. When I teach my workshop, I focus each day on how we can live la dolce vita, the sweet life, wherever we are even in our daily lives at home. Savor each moment, do something you are afraid of doing, live outside your comfort zone.

Climbing vertical and horizontal mountain ridges

As you can see in the photos, we’re not wearing hiking boots, but good walking sandals or shoes, like Merrells or Ecco.

Passing vineyards, citrus orchards, olive groves, and brooks

Love this bridge

Jewelry sales on the trail! Made our day.

There are many rewards for hiking this gorgeous trail and one is a surprise artisan selling his beautiful creations.  The other two, of course, is breathtaking views, and the inner sense of true accomplishment.

After 90 minutes, the jewel village of Vernazza appears in the horizon

Everyone can find something to love in the Cinque Terre. Join me next year and find out for yourself.

La Dolce Vita in Cinque Terre, Italy

Loving the Italy Retreat for Women to Live La Dolce Vita

Via Dell’ Amore, path of love between Riomaggiore and Manarola, Cinque Terre Hiking Trails

From a simple thought 5 years ago to combine my passion for Italy and my passion for  helping women to live greater possibilities in their own lives, I am blessed enough to have taught and led 4 Italy Retreats for Women to Live La Dolce Vita!

My simple thought, desire, turned into a manifestation of that desire. If I can do it, you can do it too. Find your desire, put one foot in front of the other. It wasn’t easy to create this, and I went through my fears and doubts, but kept following my passion. We must remember that we are not going to know HOW to do each new thing even remotely brilliantly, but we take a baby step.

This is all part of cultivating the sweet life.

Day # 2 of 9 on my Italy Retreat for Women to live La Dolce Vita! So busy living la dolce vita, hard to find the time to write.

We have immersed ourselves in the life of the Cinque Terre, staying in Monterosso and traveling for day trips from there.  We hiked from Riomaggiore to Manarola yesterday. See photo above. This small bit of the Italian Riviera (the five villages of on the Italian Riviera) is where your heart fills up with love and your stomach fills with delicious Italian black squid ink pasta with pesto, and sea bass, anchovies, pizza, and so many delights.  Another fullness is taken in through your eyes–the blue of the Mediterranean sea, the mountains, sunsets, and people! Oh the possibilities!

Stay tuned for more photos…and more of la dolce vita, the sweet life.