The Cinque Terre walks

Monterosso - Vernazza

2 hours

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The first part of this walk is demanding as the footpath climbs up through terraced olive groves and vineyards. You can't help but wonder at the hard work through the centuries to build and now preserve such a wonderful landscape.

 

Vernazza - Corniglia

1.5 hours

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As you climb up the hillside, Vernazza is just below you and you can still hear all the noises drifting up from the Piazza. After a couple of curves, you are high up above the sea. This walks takes you through fairly rugged terrain, overlooking the sea with some abandoned olive groves along the way. Corniglia is the only one of the Cinque Terre perched high above the sea.

 

Corniglia - Manarola

1 hour

This is a much deserved stroll at sea level. The waves of the open sea break just below you.

 

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Manarola - Riomaggiore

40 minutes

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By far the easiest of the walks, also known as "La Via dell'Amore". It does feel like being back to civilization with its paved footpath and railings.