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Cinque Terre – Hike the Italian Riviera

Hike the Italian Riviera

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Quite possibly the most beautiful coastal walk in Europe, on the most magnificent part of the Italian Riviera. The Cinque Terre is made up of five coastal, medieval, villages in the province of La Spezia. These are Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all encapsulated in a national park by the same name. The Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Walking the National Park, you will discover the coastline and the back country, villages that cling to the cliffs, tiny sandy beaches and sandy coves, terraced fields and acres of lush woodlands.
Given its Mediterranean location, the local cuisine is plentiful in seafood. Anchovies of Monterosso are a local speciality, and the extensive olive terraced fields provide some of the best pesto in Italy.
You will stay in the Heart of the National park each night, and visit the whole area from this wonderful location.

This is a centre-based tour which will see you staying in either Riomaggiore or Monterosso. All the villages along the Cinque Terre are easily by the railway which runs along the coast, with each of them being just a few minutes apart. The itinerary provided covers 6 different walks for you to select from.

Trip highlights

  • Indulge in world class cuisine
  • Marvel in the spectacular coastline
  • Follow the historic mule trails of the Cinque Terre
  • Chill out and relax on one of many beautiful beaches

1 Circular walk Monterosso

4h | +601m / -601m
Today you will follow one of the most ancient ways of eastern Liguria if, at it seems, Etruscans and the Romans followed it to reach from Monterosso the territory of Soviore. This mule track that during all the Middle Ages had great importance because it passed just in front of the historical sanctuary of Our Lady of Soviore.

2 Monterosso - Levanto

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2h50 | +804m / -1047m
Today’s walk starts from Fegina, the residential quarter of Monterosso where the Nobel prize-winning poet Eugenio Montale used to spend his summers. Mediterranean bush and pine tree woods form the natural habitat that this path crosses. Then it comes down towards the isolated Lovara House in an oasis full of olive trees and vineyards. The path proceeds towards the Craggy Rock, going down successively into a nice ilex grove before passing Mazzola House, where in 1931 Gugliemo Marconi, the famous Italian inventor conducted many experiments, the path reaches the eastern outskirt of Levanto, grazing the medieval Castle and through a flight of steps ends along the waterfront, just near the municipal Casino.

3 Riomaggiore - Monterosso: Via dell’ Amor

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4h45 | +1564m / -1571m
Your path for today is the most frequented of the Cinque Terre, it crosses the five historical villages. The trail is easily accessible, passing five train stations along its way. Our itinerary follows the full path from Riomaggiore to Monterosso, but if you wish to shorten your walk you can choose to jump on a train at the following locations: Manorola, Corniglia and Vernazza. You may also want to consider starting at any of these villages.

4 Circular Walk Riomaggiore

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2h00 | +340m / -340m
This walk takes a historical mule track of Riomaggiore, which connects the village of its Marian Sanctuary of Montenero (340m). The Madonna of Montenero is a testimonial of the role of “Pilgrims way” that this path had. It was the way for the solemn processions to the sanctuary, which was built a long time before the construction of St John the Baptist parish of Riomaggiore, and it was gone along by thousands of pilgrims coming from the Riviera, La Spezia, and low Vara Valley.

5 Riomaggiore – Porto Venere

5h00 | +1483m / -1496m
Today you can choose to follow a historical mule track of Riomaggiore, which connects the village of its Marian Sanctuary of Montenero. The Madona of Montenero is a testimonial of the role of “Pilgrims way” that this path had. It was the way for the solemn processions to the sanctuary, which was built a long time before the construction of St John the Baptist parish of Riomaggiore, and it was gone along by thousands of pilgrims coming from the Riviera, La Spezia, and low Vara Valley. Path 1 treads in some tracts of ancient paths of the Ligurians and thereafter roman and medieval armies.

6 Levanto – Deiva Marina

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5h00 | +1055m / -1034m
Train to Levanto and walk to Deiva Marina. (15km) The route today is relatively long but you will be rewarded for your efforts by passing through beautiful scenery, stopping to pause an occasion at olive terraces overlooking the sea. On hot summer days, shade is provided by the oak and pine forests which cling to the coastal hillsides. There is a steep descent down to Deiva Marina, where the train back to Monterosso takes about 15 minutes. There are usually a couple per hour.

Hotels & country cottages have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food, and friendliness of the staff. They are subject to availability and if the hotel described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard of comfort & price. Please click on hotel information below.

This is a centre-based tour where you will stay in either Monterosso or Riomaggiore

Monterosso - Standard

Great 3* hotel in Monterosso

Riomaggiore -

A lovely rustic atmospheric hotel in the centre of Riomaggiore

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Flying IN and OUT

To Pisa

Aeroporto Galileo Galilei – Sito ufficiale – Aeroporto di Pisa – The Official WebSite – Toscana – Pisa Airport Tuscany Aeroporto Airport Aeroporti Airports

20 major airlines fly to Pisa: Ryanair www.ryanair.com, Easyjet www.easyjet.com, Air France www.airfrance.com, Alitalia www.alitalia.com, Lufthansa www.lufthansa.com, Sky Europe www.skyeurope.com and others
From Pisa, there are frequent trains to the Cinque Terre (1hr30 approx) http://www.trenitalia.com/trenitalia.html
To Genoa
http://www.airport.genova.it/v2/
Ryanair www.ryanair.com Air France www.airfrance.com, Alitalia www.alitalia.com, Lufthansa www.lufthansa.com and other airlines fly to Genoa
From Genoa, there are frequent trains to the Cinque Terre (1hr30 approx) http://www.trenitalia.com/trenitalia.html
To Milan
Many airlines fly to Milan
From Milano Centrale (main train station of Milan), there are many trains to the Cinque Terre (3hrs) http://www.trenitalia.com/trenitalia.html
To Rome
Virtually all airlines fly to Rome
From Rome Termini (main train station of Rome), there are many trains to the Cinque Terre (5hrs) with a change in La Spezia http://www.trenitalia.com/trenitalia.html
Do not forget that in Italy, train tickets need to be validated using the machine in the train station BEFORE getting into the train. You may get a fine if you do not comply with this.

Please select from our available tours below and proceed to booking. Contact the team if you have any special requests.


Select your trip

1. Tour options - Select your trip type

  • 5 nights price per room. extra nights 90eur pps or 160eur single

    Single Room
    €647
    Double/Twin Room
    €490

2. Select Date

3. No. of rooms

  • Single (1 bed)
  • Twin Rooms (2 beds)
  • Double (1 large bed for 2)

What's Included

  • Great apartments in the centre of Monterosso or Riomaggiore
  • Breakfast inc.
  • Holiday pack and maps for our suggested walks

We also offer

  • We offer this trip as a 5 nights tour, but we can very easily add or remove nights as requested. Let us know.