The hiking trails of the Cinque Terre

Pedestrian tourism in the Cinque Terre is famous thanks to the many hiking trails in this area of Liguria. The villages of the Cinque Terre are connected by at least two trails: a short one (which is along the sea) and a longer one (which passes through the wooded areas). From the “high” trails, the entire panorama of the coast can be seen and there are also some routes that lead to the beautiful villages that lie beyond the Cinque Terre. All trails are marked on the map.

Trail from Corniglia to San Bernardino, Cinque Terre, Italy
Trail from Corniglia to San Bernardino
High Trail from Monterosso to Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy
High Trail from Monterosso to Vernazza
Trail from Monterosso to Levanto, Cinque Terre, Italy
Trail from Monterosso to Levanto

Conditions of the Cinque Terre hiking trails

Due to rainfall and landslides, the roads near the sea are often closed in winter and early spring, while the pedestrian tracks that run higher up are almost always open. Visit them!

The current condition of the trails (December, 2018) is indicated below, together with the list of the main trails of this National Park.

The information is updated continuously. Upon arrival in the Cinque Terre, go into any tourist center in any train station and pick up a map with the list of trails that are currently open.

The cost for a visit to the Cinque Terre hiking trails

Four short trails connect all the villages of the Cinque Terre from Riomaggiore to Monterosso, but they are paid. Buy the Cinque Terre Card (at the entrance to the trail): the price in 2018 is €7.50 per day. Tickets to walk just a single section are not available. The card also allows you to take the bus to the Park gratis. The Cinque Terre Card for €16, apart from the rest, includes the use of the train (you need to validate your ticket for the first time before boarding).

Other trails are free.

From November to around mid-March (there are no precise dates), entry to the Blue (Azzurro) Trail is free (though not officially). This is because, due to the small number of tourists, it is not worthwhile checking tickets due to the cost involved.

Difficulty of the Cinque Terre trails

Trail from San Bernardino to Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy
Trail from San Bernardino to Vernazza

The easiest trail is the Path of Love (between Riomaggiore and Manarola). It is a straight and easy walk with less than 1 km / 0.6 mile on a slope. It is also accessible to the disabled, and there is a dedicated elevator at the entrance.

In general the Cinque Terre trails are not demanding; the only difficulty consists in the change of altitude along the roads that go toward the top of the hills. For this reason a minimum of physical preparation is required.

Wear comfortable shoes, a hat and take water with you. You can replenish water at the fountains which are numerous, and the water is good.

Check the map for the length of the various trails.

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