Walking in Italy's Cinque Terre

Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore

By Gillian Price

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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.



Spring (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.


The Cinque Terre villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola, Corniglia, Riomaggiore, as well as neighbouring Levanto, Campiglia and Porto Venere.


The 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 See

Must See

The 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.
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  • Overview

    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.

  • Contents

    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.

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