There is over 120 km of trails along the Cinque Terre coast line with 48 hiking trails available.

No entrance fee is required for the Cinque Terre National Park. You will only need a special ticket, a Cinque Terre Card, for the two most famous trails: from Monterosso to Vernazza and from Vernazza to Corniglia. All other trails are free. From November until the end of March all the hiking trails are free of charge.

Hiking trail from Monterosso to Vernazza

vernazza harbour view

Status: OPEN
Difficulty: average
Length: 3,5 km
Duration:
1,5h
Hiking fee: €7,50/day or Cinque Terre Card

The footpath, marked in white and red, leaves from the eastern part of the old town of Monterosso. Take the small pedestrian road leading to the Hotel Porto Roca. The path begins with a long staircase crossing vineyards and citrus orchards.

Some parts are broad and peaceful, and you can always enjoy a wonderful panorama over the sea. The vegetation is very various, you will find evergreen oaks, arboreal heather, broom, juniper. The footpath passes on an antique stone-bridge, which is really worth a picture.

When the trail begins to go down, the view of Vernazza is really breathless. The path continues to go down among olive trees and cultivated fields, then it enters into the town along the small lanes and ends in the small harbour of Vernazza.


Hiking trail from Vernazza to Corniglia

vernazza viewStatus: OPEN
Difficulty: average
Length: 4 km
Duration: 1,5h - 2h
Hiking fee: €7,50/day or Cinque Terre Card

The footpath leaves from Vernazza, and reaches in few minutes the second tower of the fortifications. The ascent continues not too much steeply until the viewpoint Punta Palma, 208 metres above sea level.

The path continues with a succession of not difficult ups and downs overlooking the beach of Guvano immersed in cultivated fields, olive groves, vineyards and flowery meadows.

Continuing on this trail you will after an easy slope reach the town of Corniglia, the smallest of the five villages. Corniglia lays on a small cape, 100 metres above the sea.


Hiking trail from Manarola to Corniglia (via Volastra)

footpath manarola cornigliaStatus: OPEN
Difficulty: average
Length: 3,5 km
Duration: 2h
Hiking fee: no

The best option is to take the bus from Manarola to Volastra (10 minutes). At Volastra, 335 m above sea level, you can take a rest in the shade of some huge cypresses next to the small church of Madonna della Salute - there is also a nice restaurant - before continuing on your way to Corniglia.

Now the most beautiful part begins; the walk which will lead you through ancient terraces that decline to the sea, where vines and olives grow thanks to heroic wine makers who produce limited quantities of quality grapes. The vineyard hike is moderately easy and it gives you wonderful views of the Mediterranean and the villages. Corniglia is a hiddem gem, perched on a cliff it's the only town without access to the sea.


Hiking trail from Manarola to Riomaggiore (Via dell' Amore)

via dell'amoreStatus: CLOSED. Reopening scheduled for July 2024.
Difficulty: easy
Length: 1,5 km
Duration: 30 minutes
Hiking fee: €7,50/day or Cinque Terre Card

The famous Via dell’Amore, Lover’s Lane, is closed due to a landslide and will reopen in July 2024. At the moment only the first 200 meters from Manarola are open.

It is the most popular stretch of path of the Cinque Terre, excavated in hard rock, winds along the coast on rocks overhanging the sea. The history of the Via dell'Amore is connected to the construction of the railway between Genoa and La Spezia (1926-28). In order to construct a tunnel between Riomaggiore and Manarola two paths on rocks overhanging the sea were necessary.

An alternative is the trail "Via Beccara" from Manarola to Riomaggiore here below.


Hiking trail from Manarola to Riomaggiore (via Beccara)

Footpath Manarola - Riomaggiore via Beccara Status: OPEN
Difficulty: average
Length: 1,5 km
Duration: 1h
Hiking fee: no

This trail between Manarola and Riomaggiore is an alternative to Via dell'Amore. The hike can be done in either direction. This path was the first link between the two villages before the Via dell'Amore was built.

The villages of Riomaggiore and Manarola are very close to one another but have a steep mountain separating them. Short but steep climb up over the ridge, through a metal gate as you pass across the high point then drop through terraced small-plot grape fields into beautiful town for refreshments. Steps are often high and uneven. The trail offers panoramic sea views.


Hiking trail from Riomaggiore to Portovenere

footpath riomaggiore portovenereStatus: OPEN
Length: 12 km
Duration: 5h
Difference in altitude:
550 m
Difficulty:
difficult
Hiking fee:
no

This is a challenging hiking tour which starts with a long ascent (45 minutes). There is a possibility in the morning to take a bus up to Telegrafo. The trip takes us through silent pine forests by a 15th century Sanctuary of Montenero. This is a perfect place for a rest, enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of the whole coastal line of the Cinque Terre. Ascending to the top of the ridge which separates this coast from La Spezia. Then starts the most evocative part of the trail, a spectacular cliff-side path with a magnific view over the Mediterranean Sea and the islands of Elba, Capraia and Korsika. A wooded trail continues along the ridge and emerges at the gulf of La Spezia where we descend to the town of Portovenere. Time for a celebratory drink in the harbour! From Portovenere there is a boat connection back to Levanto and Cinque Terre around 5 pm.


Hiking trail from Levanto to Monterosso

footpath levanto monterossoStatus: OPEN
Length: 8 Km
Duration: 3h
Difficulty: average
Hiking fee: no

The trail starts in Levanto on the east end of the beach promenade. Follow the stairs up to the castle (castello). This path is an old donkey trail and goes through pine forests and Mediterranean vegetation. Nice views over Levanto as you climb the hill. Follow the trail through the forest until you reach the Punta Mesco (semaforo). Follow the path to the right and you will find the ruins of the Chapel of St. Antonio and the old lighthouse. From here breathtaking views of all the five Cinque Terre villages. Many stairs down to Monterosso.


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Map of the Cinque Terre footpaths (click on the image to enlarge).

You can find more maps here: Cinque Terre Maps.

Cinque Terre footpaths map