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Cinque Terre Walk

DCF 1.0The 1-day walk is a light trail of the Cinque Terre that leads you to some of the most spectacular hiking paths in Italy. Want to make the most of hiking the Cinque Terre? Here’s a handy guide for enjoying this fascinating stretch of coastline and ridges overlooking the Liguria Sea! And having all done by foot!

Day 1 – Arrive in Monterosso (heading south) or Riomaggiore (heading north). 11km/6.2mi/6hr

Tips for hiking in Cinque Terre

It’s recommended to hike the Cinque Terre in April, May, September or October. That is when temperatures are milder, so it’s much more comfortable for you. It’s not likely you will see snow in winter, but some heavy rainfall can lead to unsafe hiking conditions.

Take lots of water and snacks to avoid being forced to buy drinks in the towns, since they’re usually overpriced. Flip flops and heels, of course, are not recommended. To stay safe on the uneven paths, wear comfortable shoes or appropriate sneakers.

Cinque Terre Walk by following the trail of Sentiero Azzurro

Hikers like to enjoy the Cinque Terre on foot by following the popular trail called Sentiero Azzurro, or “Blue Trail”. It is made up of four individual paths along the coast. You can find them below. It is possible to walk the entire route in about six hours, if you take short breaks. Some hikers prefer to spend a few days by stopping and enjoying the towns along the way.

However, some of Cinque Terre’s most popular paths were devastated by the 2011 floods and they were closed for restoration (expected to re-open in 2014).

There’s an admission fee to the trail of Cinque Terre if some paths are not closed for restoration (you can always look up for paths that are available at the moment). You can purchase the Cinque Terre card (5-7 euro/day for trail and museum access, or 10 euro/day for trail, museum and unlimited train access).

The route of Sentiero Azzurro from Riomaggiore to Manarola

Cinque Terre Walk hike1The Sentiero Azzurro route begins either direction (Monterosso, heading south, or Riomaggiore, heading north). If you prefer the paths to be easier and more paved, start from Riomaggiore. You will later have to work your way up to the more challenging trails. That way, you can stop at any time and head to the nearest train station if you want to.

You will fall in love with Via dell’Amore (“Lover’s Lane”) on the way from Riomaggiore. It is wide, flat and paved. And, by far, the easiest section of Sentiero Azzurro. Via dell’Amore is famous for its kissing statue and tunnel covered in declarations of love!

Length: 1.2 miles (2km); 40 minutes to walk.

 

The route of Sentiero Azzurro from Manarola to Corniglia

This path is full of spectacular gardens and sea views. Get your cameras ready!

Length: 1.2 miles (2km); 1 hour 15 minutes to walk.

The route of Sentiero Azzurro from Corniglia to Vernazza

The start of this path is very beautiful and easy, as the route begins in stunning gardens. But later on, things get a little trickier!

This trail climbs up to the highest point of the Cinque Terre (and back down). There are stone steps, they’re quite steep, uneven, and not always well-kept. But it’s rather medium difficulty, so don’t be afraid!

The views, however, are worth the walk. They are absolutely amazing! And you’ll also find olive groves and exotic flowers along the way. Fabulous experience!

Length: 2 miles (4km); 1 hour 45 minutes to walk.

The route of Sentiero Azzurro from Vernazza to Monterosso

The longest, most challenging part of Sentiero Azzurro. You will encounter lots of stairs and narrow passages. But the panorama of all five Cinque Terre towns is definitely the most rewarding!

Length: 1.8 miles (3km); 2 hours to walk.

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