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Walking in Italy's Cinque Terre

Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore

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

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.
16 Aug 2019
28 Jun 2023
17.20 x 11.60 x .70cm

A guidebook to 16 walks in Italy’s Cinque Terre. Following age-old paths linking the UNESCO-listed settlements of this beautiful coastline, the routes involve moderate to steep ascents and therefore call for a reasonable level of fitness.

Walks range from 2 to 14km (1–8 miles) and can be enjoyed in 2–5 hours. There are routes starting from all five of the main villages – Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore – and all are accessible by public transport.

  • 1:50,000 or 1:25,000 mapping included for each walk
  • GPX files available for download
  • Refreshment and public transport information provided
  • Walks can be combined to create a 3–4 day trek across the Cinque Terre
  • With notes on local history, plants and wildlife and cuisine

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By Gillian Price

Gillian Price has trekked throughout Asia and the Himalayas, but now lives in Venice. Gillian has steadily explored the mountain ranges of Italy, and Corsica, and brought them to life for visitors in a series of outstanding guides for Cicerone. She is an active member of the Italian Alpine Club (CAI) and Mountain Wilderness.

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