Riomaggiore, Italy

Hiking in Cinque Terre National Park

Originally added by Linny Le

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.

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Enchanting

This location is absolutely enchanting! Standing, overlooking the sea, eating gelato may be one of my favorite memories of travelling Italy!

Breathtaking and Gelato galore!

I only experienced Manarola and Corniglia, but it was gorgeous and totally worth it. I visited in September and it was still pretty hot outside but I also visited in November and this was definitely not the time to visit (torrential rain and most of the stores/restaurants are closed)!

Favorite Destination

This place is one of the most beautiful places in the world! It is well worth staying until sunset and strolling through the many towns. Don’t forget to bring a bathing suit if you go here!

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