The terraced, seaside villages of Cinque Terre offer some of the best hiking in all of Italy.
The region has an extensive network of footpaths that connect each of the five villages to one another.
Some Cinque Terre hiking trails are tiring and difficult, while others are suitable for nearly everyone.
In Italian a trail is called a sentiero. The high path Sentiero no. 1 is an old mule-track, perhaps dating back to Roman times, which runs along the ridge which separates the coast from the hinterland.
The famous Sentiero no. 2 or Sentiero Azzurro connects the five villages of the Cinque Terre and is about 11 kilometers long and takes an estimated 5 hours to walk. There is a total elevation difference of 500 meters between the highest and lowest points of the trail.
Hiking in Cinque Terre isn't only for athletes. If you're in the mood for something easy walk the Via dell’Amore - Lover's Path - from Riomaggiore to the neighboring village of Manarola. The walk is approximately one and a half miles long and takes around 25 minutes, depending on how many times you decide to stop and take in the wonderful view.
Walking through the Cinque Terre National Park, you will discover the coastline as well as the backcountry: villages that cling to the cliffs, tiny sandy beaches and sandy coves as well as terraced fields and extensive woodlands. Follow the paths through groves of chestnut, pine, olive trees and wine yards. Enjoy the spectacular views of the sea and the entire coastline.