Pictured here is La Giada Del Mesco, a quaint little hotel with rooms overlooking the sea. Each morning we enjoyed authentic Italian cappuccino before setting out on our morning hike. After we were shown to our room at La Giada Del Mesco, we hit the ground running. We were introduced to our companions for the week and to Kate Little, our hiking guide and a certified sommelier. She led us to the neighboring town of Monterosso Al Mare. My first impression of this scenic walk was not visual, but more olfactory in nature. The aromatic herbs that grow wild here (chives, thyme, fennel) and the ones that are cultivated (lavender and rosemary) pepper the air with the smell of springtime.