Hiking in Cinque Terre, Italy

Hiking in Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre which means Five Lands, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Cinque comprise the five small coastal villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso located in the region of Liguria in the province of La Spezia. Frequent trains link all five villages

The Cinque Terre boasts some of the best coastline hiking trails in the world.

The path from Riomaggiore to Manarola is called the Via Dell'Amore (or roughly "Lovers Walk"). The beautiful trail along the shore is very easy to hike. The next hike from Manarola to Corniglia is also easy. The trail from Corniglia to Vernazza offers incredible views of shore and is only steep at certain places. The trail from Vernazza to Monterosso is the steepest (but not overly demanding), winding through Olive orchards and vineyards and offering dramatic ocean views.

The walk between all the villages takes the better part of a day. For those that would rather not walk (or not walk the entire trail), a pedestrian ferry service runs seasonally to all five villages, plus Lerici. The price is reasonable, and gives a nice view of the villages from the water.

The milk train that connect all the villages is also a quick way to hop among towns.It is possible to swim in the sea at each of the 5 villages.

Hiking Times

Monterosso - Vernazza: 90 minutes.
Narrow trail, steep at times. Beautiful views of Vernazza.

Vernazza - Corniglia: 90 minutes.
Amazing views of Vernazza; greenest trail.

Corniglia - Manarola: 45 minutes.
Scenic low trail past a beach.

Manarola - also has its own beautiful vineyard walk.

Manarola - Riomaggiore: 20 minutes.
The famous Via dell'Amore, paved flat trail cut into the cliff.

Almost every year the Cinque Terre Marine Reserve vies for the top of the Blue Flag Beach list of Italy.

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