Take a train to the Cinque Terre (see “How to get there”) and check into your accommodation in the town of Monterosso or Riomaggiore (depending on the option you chose). If you arrive early enough, it would be possible to complete one of the shorter walks or you could explore, rest, or go for a swim.
This is the famous Via Dell’Amore (Lovers’ Walk). This very picturesque footpath winds along the shore, past the five famous villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. Pass by pretty terraced vineyards and olive groves. This walk varies in difficulty from an easy stroll to a demanding hike but offers the best views of the bay and spectacular approaches to both Monterosso and Vernazza. If you feel tired, you can also take a train from any station along the way. You can travel back by train.
This walk explores the remote Peninsula of Portovenere. We head south on a path going steeply uphill through extensive woodlands. Passing Campiglia, a pretty, traditional Ligurian village, we descend to Portovenere. From here, enjoy great views of “Isla Palmaria” and the little church sitting atop of it. From Portovenere, you can travel back either by seasonal ferry or by taking the bus to La Spezia and then a train to Cinque Terre
Breakfast. End of trip. Possibility of extensions (see below)
This walk takes you through a fragrant lemon grove where you can enjoy sweeping views of the coast. Both the Etruscans and the Romans followed this path many hundreds of years ago. During the Middle Ages, this mule track was of great importance, as it passed just in front of the historical sanctuary of Our Lady of Soviore.
This walk follows a historical mule track, which connects Riomaggiore with the Marian Sanctuary of Montenero (340m). The path was used for solemn processions to the sanctuary, which was built a long time before the construction of the St John the Baptist parish of Riomaggiore.
This is a short walk, but one of the most rewarding. Heading north, we follow the coast towards the spectacular peninsula of Fegina. In Levanto, you can go for a swim or have an ice cream by the beach. Ideal for a half-day excursion (day of arrival or departure, for example).
Breakfast. End of trip.