One of Italy's Best Day Hikes is near Cinque Terre

One of Italy's Best Day Hikes is near Cinque Terre

The Ligurian coast boasts some of the most scenic hiking trails in all of Italy, including the well-beaten paths that link up the enchanting five towns known collectively as Cinque Terre.

While tourists swarm straight to Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, those looking for a less-congested but just as spectacular walk should set their sights a little further northwest to take on the San Fruttuoso to Camogli hike.

 

One of the best day hikes in Italy!

The whole hike from San Fruttuoso to Camogli is roughly 8.7 km and took us about 4 hours.

We headed straight to Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, the lively road that lines the sea, to catch the sun setting at Bagni Lido, grab an aperitivo, and try out a fresh slice of focaccia al formaggio, the region’s famous bread stuffed and baked with stracchino cheese.

By 10pm, we had to catch the train back to Genoa. We wish we had more time to explore Camogli—it’s yet another charming Ligurian town that rivals the five among the Cinque Terre, or even the "Alternative" Cinque Terre.

 

Need to Know: Hiking Italy

Take the ferry & train:

To do this hike, we recommend taking the ferry from Genoa with Golfo Paradiso. See their schedule and current rates on their website (we paid 15 Euros for a one-way from Genoa Porto Antico to San Fruttuoso).

We saved money (and escaped the crowds) by going straight to San Fruttuoso, hiking, and then taking the train back to Genoa from Camogli.

Come already fueled & bring supplies:

Bring plenty of water (we recommend at least 2 liters per person), especially on a hot day. There’s no place to fill up on the path, until you get close to the finish line.

Be prepared with a few snacks as well, and know that the options available in San Fruttuoso are extremely limited. We couldn’t find any small store, only bars and restaurants.