Alta Via delle Cinque Terre walk

In August of 2007, Fabio and I walked from La Sosta di Ottone III to Porto Venere. The footpath is the n.1, Alta Via delle Cinque Terre. It was clean and very well marked.  

Most of the walk was shaded by pine and leafy chestnut trees and between 400 and 750 m above sea level so the temperature was fresh and breezy.

It took us a total 12 hours.  Once in Portovenere, we then took a bus to La Spezia and the train back to Levanto.

See the Alta Via for yourself:

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Should you not wish to do the whole walk, there are plenty of opportunities to walk down to any of the Cinque Terre towns by taking one of the perpendicular paths that start from the n.1. In the winter, for example, there isn’t enough daylight to do the whole walk in one day and I turned off for one of the Cinque Terre towns at round 3.30 pm.

Manarola - Corniglia - Volastra - Riomaggiore

These footpaths are not used very often so are not as well marked but as you’re simply heading down towards the sea, it isn’t that easy to get lost. Furthermore, there are breathtaking views of the Cinque Terre as you walk down towards the village you’ve chosen as your destination.