Hiking in the Cinque Terre
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Cinque Terre is a coastal hiker’s dream destination, as its picturesque hillside villages draped along the rugged Italian Riviera shoreline are laced with trekking trails. Here’s how to discover Cinque Terre and its eponymous national park on foot.
Via dell’Amore is a short—just over half a mile (one kilometer) in length—but beautiful route connecting Riomaggiore and Manarola. Famously cut to allow young lovers to meet between the villages—hence the romantic name—Via dell’Amore is one of Cinque Terre National Park’s top attractions.
Seen on maps as Sentiero No. 1, Sentiero Rosso is a long-distance path between Levanto and Portovenere, which loops through UNESCO World Heritage–listed Cinque Terre National Park. The route is relatively flat and is popular among experienced hikers, who aim to complete its roughly 25 miles (40 kilometers) in nine to 12 hours.
The 7.5-mile (12-kilometer) Sentiero Azzurro runs between Corniglia and Vernazza, and boasts some of Cinque Terre’s most impressive coastal scenery. Marked No. 2 on maps, this route is not particularly challenging but requires a fair level of fitness.
Sentiero No. 6d
Sentiero No. 6d attracts hikers in search of the authentic Cinque Terre experience—but without the challenging climbs. Linking the hilltop villages of Volastra and Corniglia, Sentiero No. 6d follows relatively flat terrain through fertile vineyards.
Sentiero No. 3
Experienced hikers looking to test their limits can embark on the Sentiero No. 3 route, which leads from the basilica of Sant’Abbondio in Como to Riomaggiore. The 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) route takes in serious hills and boasts plenty of scenic coastal overlooks.
Cinque Terre Tours & Activities (3)
Experience the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre in one day with a guided tour through the five idyllic fishing villages of old-world Italy. Following the walking trails along the cliffs of the national park, you will see glorious views of this unspoiled stretch of the Italian Riviera. Check out the highlights and learn about the area as you complete a 3.4-mile (5.5-km) route with your guide. If you choose the tour option without hiking, the train will be used instead to move between villages.
Explore ancient seaside villages along the Italian Riviera's rugged coastline on this private Cinque Terre trekking tour. Stroll among the vineyards as you explore centuries-old settlements including Riomaggiore, Groppo, Manarola and Vernazza with your private guide. Hear of the villages' history and winegrowing heritage, and discover top attractions along the way such as the Via dell'Amore and the 14th-century church of Our Lady of Health in Volastra. Enjoy panoramic views over the Italian coastline as the azure-blue waters of the Ligurian Sea sparkle in the distance.
Break away from the crowds, and discover a wilder side of the Cinque Terre region, on this small-group hiking tour. Setting off from Riomaggiore, follow your guide through vineyards and other lovely scenery on this challenging trek to Porto Venere. As you go, you’ll enjoy unparalleled vistas overlooking the sea. Upon arrival in Porto Venere, you’ll have time at your leisure to explore before returning to Riomaggiore by boat or by bus and train.