Hiking in Cinque Terre National Park

La Via dell'Amore Trail, Riomaggiore, Italy

  • Activities:

    Photography, Swimming, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

Beach
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic

Distance: 6.27 miles one-way. Panoramic view over sea and slope. Sight-see 5 charming coastal towns. Catch a sunset by Manarola (pictured). Beautiful olive groves and vineyards. Delicious gelato once you've hiked to town.

The Sentiero Azzuro trail travels from south to north through five coastal towns: Riomaggiore, Manarola (0.68 mi), Corniglia (1.25 mi), Vernazza (2.48 mi), and Monterroso (1.86 mi). The trails are very well-maintained and easy to hike, with beautiful views of the coast, beginning with the romantic La Via dell'Amore trail from Riomaggiore to Manarola.

If you're interested in swimming, the ideal time to visit is mid-May to mid-September – Manarola is a great spot to take a refreshing dip. The hike has little shade, however, and does get quite hot, so for those interested in a cooler hike, come between from mid-March to mid-October. Keep in mind, peak holiday season in Italy is August, so things will be much more expensive than the rest of the year.

For a treat after your hike, stopping at Gelateria Vernazza is highly recommended.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Rain jacket (winter)
  • Bathing suit (summer)
  • Hiking boots
  • Camera
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My family and I spent one night in Manarola at the end of June. We headed out at about 8am, intending to hike all the way to Monterroso. The portion from Manarola to Corniglia was well maintained and had gorgeous views of the sea and of Manarola. I recommend heading out early in the morning so you can avoid all the crowds. Unfortunately, my sister hit her head on a tree and got a concussion, so we stopped in Corniglia. After a nice breakfast, we decided to train to the other villages. If you do not want to hike the whole trail, you can always take the train or a boat for certain portions of it. I highly recommend the hike, and I wish we could have done more of it!!

8 months ago
8 months ago

We were based out of Vernazza and really enjoyed the hike to Monterosso, very scenic and taking a dip in the sea on arrival is so rewarding! We also hiked to Corniglia, however the trail was closed beyond that point due to rockslides. Terrific views overlooking Vernazza on the return trip however.

9 months ago
9 months ago

Beautiful hike but check to make sure there are no closures (the Riomaggiore portion was blocked off when I went). Spend a little time in each village -- the food is amazing! Avoid the summer months if you don't like crowds!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Definetely one of my favourite destination in Italy. I went last summer and most of the trails between the towns were closed but we had the chance to go walk a bit. The view and the sunsets are amazing and worth the detour ! Would love to go back one day :)

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Of all the great places I went to in Italy, this stands out as my favorite. We rented an apartment in Riomaggiore for a few days. There is a great little market right before you reach the water (on the left). I totally recommend doing the same. It's a great place to kick it and pretend you live there. Love, love, love.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

We only did the Monterosso to Vernazza portion because other portions were closed. We left just before the sun started setting, and were in Vernazza for the sunset - which was gorgeous! Bring a change of nicer clothes if you want to have dinner in Vernazza.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

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