Hiking in Cinque Terre National Park
Italy › La Via dell'Amore Trail
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.
- Rain jacket (winter)
- Bathing suit (summer)
- Hiking boots
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Gorgeous walk/hike along the Italian coastline
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!
Little paradise on the italian coast
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 :)
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.
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.
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