Though we did a significant amount of prep for the trip, once thing we accidentally overlooked was that there was massive storm in 2012 that wiped out major portions of the trails that make up the quentissential Cinque Terre experience, and parts are not expected to be open again until 2017. Whoops!
After consulting with a local guide, we got the low down on which trails were still open and which were not. Basically, only the northern most paths were open. However, there are miles upon miles of paths for more experienced hikers that take you up and over many of the cities, all of which remained open. We got our map marked with which path numbers to follow and set out for an unexpected adventure.
Looking back, I'm so grateful that the standard trails were closed. While they are beautiful, we never would have taken the paths that we did, had they been open. And frankly, I'd go back and do those paths again! They were stunning and took us up through local vineyards, overlooking the towns from far above. In total, those 60 Eiffel Tower floors & 130 Eze floors had nothing on the 200 Cinque Terre floors we hiked.
We ended our trek with a glorious pizza and wine lunch on the water, which also served as a shelter from the rain, which we happened to miss by some stroke of amazing luck!