Walking in Italy's Cinque Terre
Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore
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Guidebook to walking Italy's stunning Cinque Terre. Describes 16 routes in and around the five famous fishing villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Breathtakingly beautiful, this UNESCO World Heritage coastline is a walker's (and foodie's) dream destination.
SeasonsSpring (April to June) and autumn (September and October), avoiding the heat of summer, are the best times for walking but also the busiest. Winter can be magical and quiet - though many accommodation providers and restaurants close and the weather can occasionally be wild and stormy.
CentresThe Cinque Terre villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola, Corniglia, Riomaggiore, as well as neighbouring Levanto, Campiglia and Porto Venere.
DifficultyThe walks in this guide are graded 1-3 and are suitable for beginners through to experienced walkers. Some walks are steep, and long flights of stone steps are often encountered. Quality walking boots or shoes are essential.
Must SeeThe world-famous paths between charming Cinque Terre villages on spectacular cliff and vineyard routes. The popular Sentiero Verde Azzurro links Monterosso to Vernazza to Corniglia to Manarola to Riomaggiore. A superb higher traverse leads on via Campiglia and on to delightful Portovenere.
This guidebook presents 16 graded walks exploring the world-famous Cinque Terre villages of Liguria in Italy. Suitable for beginners and experienced walkers, routes take in the villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola, Corniglia, Riomaggiore, as well as neighbouring Levanto, Campiglia and Porto Venere. It describes the most popular pathways as well as less trodden routes to hidden gems.
Route descriptions and maps for each walk are accompanied by information on how to get around by public transport (train, ferry and bus), with background notes on history, culture, wildlife and flora, and suggestions on where to sleep and what to eat. In short, everything you could possibly need to get the most out of a holiday in this unique corner of the Italian Riviera.
One of the best loved places in Italy, the Cinque Terre are UNESCO World Heritage listed, a string of centuries old fishing villages where colourful houses, terraced fields and vineyards perch on plunging cliffs above a breathtaking coastline. It's a paradise for walkers and food-lovers, who can follow age-old routes constructed by the locals and sample the seafood specialities on offer at harbour-side trattorias.
Exploring the Cinque Terre
Plants and flowers
Getting there and getting around
When to go
Food and drink
What to take
Dos and don’ts
Using this guide
Walk 1 Levanto to Monterosso
Walk 2 Monterosso via Colla di Gritta circuit
Walk 3 Monterosso to Vernazza via the sanctuaries
Walk 4 Monterosso to Vernazza on the SVA
Walk 5 Vernazza to Corniglia on the SVA
Walk 6 Corniglia via Cigoletta and San Bernardino to Vernazza
Walk 7 Corniglia via Volastra to Manarola
Walk 8 Manarola panoramic loop
Walk 9 Manarola to Riomaggiore on Via Beccara
Walk 10 Riomaggiore high circuit
Walk 11 Riomaggiore low circuit
Walk 12 Riomaggiore to Porto Venere
Walk 13 Campiglia circuit via Monesteroli and Fossola
Walk 14 Punta Persico
Walk 15 Porto Venere and Monte Muzzerone
Walk 16 Palmaria island circuit
Appendix A Village maps
Appendix B Route summary table
Appendix C Useful information
Appendix D Glossary
Appendix E Accommodation
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Gillian Price has trekked throughout Asia and the Himalayas, but now lives in Venice and is exploring the mountains and flatter bits of Italy. Starting in the Italian Dolomites, Gillian has written outstanding Cicerone guides to walking all over Italy as well as Corsica and Corfu. An adamant promoter of public transport to minimise environmental impact, Gillian belongs to Mountain Wilderness and is an active member of the Venice branch of CAI, the Italian Alpine Club.View Articles and Books by Gillian Price