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Sentieri Cinque Terre Paths
 


Foto By Maurizio Baldi

Paths and walks which curve round the coast or reach the sanctuaries above each Cinque Terre's village.
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PATHS 5 Terre

2 April 2012 Talking of the next 45/60 days this will likely be the situation:

Path number #2: the most known path, the one connecting directly the 5 villages is interrupted between Manarola and Corniglia due to a landslide and it’s interrupted in 3 points (segments 2.2, 2.3 & 2.4 on the map) between Manarola and Monterosso due to the flood and to an older landslide. The only open part is the Via dell’Amore, between Manarola and Riomaggiore (segment 2.1, marked in light blue) This is a very easy path, for everyone, no particular skills required. Fully paved and protected with rail, still needs the payment of a ticket (only until 7.30 P.M., after that the transit is free) it has a completion time of 20/30 min.
Consider, however, that the segments 2.3 and 2.4 are scheduled to open very soon; in this way it will be possible to connect Corniglia with Vernazza and Vernazza with Monterosso respectively in ~1.45hrs and ~2hrs Path number #1: The high path runs a the top of the hills, it’s completely open and absolutely gorgeous. Appropriate for good hikers it needs a good trekking equipement. No ticket needed, it can be reached directly from one of its two extremes ( Levanto [preferably] or Portovenere) or from one of the “connection trails”, we’ll talk later about them.. The sanctuaries way is the second path marked in light blue on the map, it connects Volastra ( located above Manarola) with the church of Montenero (above Riomaggiore), completely flat it’s a path for everyone, but it’s a long hike: it takes ~2 hrs to Montenero and another ~1hr from the church to Riomaggiore. In fact there’re no public transportation from the sanctuary to Riomaggiore whilst one can easily reach Volastra with a bus from Manarola.After this first description and a quick look at the map, let’s focus on Manarola, the town that currently is best positioned to reach the available hiking itineraries of the 5 Terre. Let’see in detail what they are.. We’ve seen that in just 30 minutes one can reach Riomaggiore from Manarola by the Via dell’Amore. From Riomaggiore one can decide to take a train to visit the other towns or proceed uphill on the path number #3 to reach the Church of Montenero in ~1.15 hrs. Than return back to Riomaggiore on the path #3A or complete the ring back to Volastra in ~2hrs than path number #6 down to Manarola in 30/40 min. Note that this itinerary made in the opposite direction needs no climb since one can take a bus from Manarola to Volastra, the rest is just flat and downhill. Again From Manarola, along the path number #6 a good hiker can reach the path number #1 (Monte Marvede) in ~2hrs/2.30hrs. From the path #1 there’re some options: to Portovenere in ~3.30hrs/4 hrs and back by boat (boat service starts by the end of March, check the last ferry to return back) or to Riomaggiore through path #01 in ~2.30hrs; or to Tratto dal Blog del sito www.cinqueterre.com alla paginahttp://www.cinqueterre.com/blog/tag/trekking-and-hikingVernazza via path #8 in ~4hrs. Still on the path number #6 to Volastra in ~1hr. From there one of our nicest path, the #6D with wonderful panoramic sea views, will take you in Corniglia in ~1.15hrs through path #7A. The #6D has been recently cleaned by volunteers from Corniglia, Volastra and Manarola. Also in this case ..no climb is needed since one can take a bus from Manarola to Volastra and the rest is flat+downhill. Currently, from Corniglia one must take the train to move to another village. Path #02, currently marked in red, has actually been cleaned by volunteers of Manarola and Volastra and, after the positioning of new signals, should be praticable soon. The #02 intersects the sanctuary road (~1 hr) and reaches the path #1 (708 meters altitude) in ~2 hrs.Manarola hosts also short walking paths around the town, for those who like a ‘light hike‘ at sunset for example. In Manarola is available a service of naturalistic guide, to accompany small groups of people along the paths, to discover hidden corners and learn some basics about history, flora and geology of the area. Contact Sara at the number+39 3494973384 for more information.Out of Manarola, some advices: A very interesting hike is from Levanto to Monterosso along the path #1 up to the ‘Mesco Observatory’ in ~1.30hrs and than downhill to the town of Monterosso along the path #10 in ~45min. From Monterosso one can reach the Sanctuary of Soviore in ~1.15hrs via path #9.Final consideration:Views from path n° 6D between Volastra (above Manarola) and Corniglia - currently open Despite the closure of an important element of the blue path (#2), the towns are all well connected to each other by alternative routes (except Corniglia-Vernazza tract for which you can easily use the train). There’re many paths, less touristic but even better than the most known and crowded ones, that allow the hikers to walk in a “ring” to return back to the starting point with different levels of difficulty; ask the local guides for all the information. These are the oldest paths running through olives and wineyards that will make you feel the essence of our territory. All paths, even those “high”, lesser known, offer splendid views of sea and sky, characteristic of our park. Within few weeks the most of the paths will be open and an hard year will finally be left behind us.


This is the most famous and spectacular path. It was made, over the centuries, by those who used it to move from one village to another and in many parts it is a mule track. Although anybody can take the walk one must remember that the ground can be slippery and, in places, the path is steep and narrow. Take care. The path from Riomaggiore to Monterosso is 12 km long and reaches a height of 200 metres at Prevo, a small but interesting locality near Vernazza. The itinerary is mostly made up of paths (8 km), and mule tracks (2 km) while the remaining kilometres are made up of the Via dell'Amore and streets inside the villages. This is the La Spezia's C.A.I. n°2 path but is best known as the 'sentiero azzurro' (sky-blue path) The entire itinerary is marked by a white stripe and sky-blue stripe. Besides the Via dell'Amore which dates back to the Thirties, the path is ancient and was well-known at the time of the Republic of Genoa, when Vernazza was the main docking bay of the area. It takes five hours to complete the path, which has a difference in height between the lowest and highest point of five hundred metres. Remember that the estimated completion time doubles if one visits the villages. Ideally, one should take a few days to do the itinerary stopping at each village.

IMPORTANT: to walk on path 2 one has to pay a ticket (daily) of Eur 3.00/person. As alternative we suggest to purchase the "Cinque Terre Card".


Paths completion times:
Riomaggiore - Manarola : 1,0 km. Completion time: 25 min.
Manarola - Corniglia : 2,8 km. Completion time: h 1,00.
Corniglia - Vernazza : 3,4 km. Completion time: h 1,45.
Vernazza - Monterosso : 3,8 km. Completion time: h 2,00.


Foto By Maurizio Baldi

Track n. 1 - Longitudinal over the hills (Red Path )

Portovenere - Levanto 12 hours.
Portovenere - Campiglia 2 hours.
Campiglia - Telegrafo 1 hour.
Telegrafo - Sella La Croce 1 hour.
Sella La Croce - La Cigoletta 1 hour 40 min.
La Cigoletta - Drignana 2 hours.
Drignana - Soviore 1 hour.
Soviore-S.Antonio-Levanto 2 hours 30 min.

The track starts at Portovenere with steps flanking the Castle's walls, climbs up rapidly to Sella Derbi, keep upwards with breathtaking views of the coast until it reaches Campiglia (382 m.) and through a beautiful landscape of pinetrees featuring an open well equipped exercise area joins the Colle del Telegrafo (516 m.)
Continuing sweetly uphill amongst Mediterranean vegetation, the track arrives at the Bramapane fork, then leads to Valico La Croce where it starts to climb again among chestnut and pine trees overlooking the coast, and passing the two Selle del Marvede, reaches the Sella della Cigoletta (605 m.)
From here, up to Mount Gaginara (800 m.), the highest point between Portovenere and Levanto. Now the track twish down to Termine, where it loses itself into the main road which, passing the Santuario of Soviore, leads to Colle di Gritta (330 m.)
Here, after crossing the square with a coffee-shop, some steps lead to a pine-tree forest and the path continues over the hills dominating the coast (views of Monterosso and Levanto) until it reaches Sella di Punta Mesco from where one enjoys stupendous views. The path then climbs down to end in Levanto , in the promenade under the Castle.

portovenere, foto Maurizio Baldi
Foto By Maurizio Baldi


Track n. 2 Longitudinal at sea-level (Blue Path)


Riomaggiore - Monterosso 4 hours 30 m.
Riomaggiore - Manarola 20 m.
Manarola - Corniglia 1 hour.
Corniglia - Vernazza 1 hour 30 m.
Vernazza - Monterosso 2 hours.

From the square of the Railway Station in Riomaggiore, following the Via dell'Amore (Path of Love), in 20 minutes the path takes to Manarola, where it starts to climb slightly, then flattens up and reaches the Railway Station of Corniglia. Here, steep steps reach the village (1 hour) where the track starts again and for a long while keeps at the same level above the sea; then, with some difficult points to negotiate carefully, climbs down to Vernazza (1 h. 30 min.). From Vernazza the longest and most tricky part of the track (great care and attention are needed) leads up to 180 m. above the sea, then plunges down towards Monterosso (2 hours).

Cinque Terre, foto Maurizio Baldi
Foto By Maurizio Baldi

Cinque Terre, foto Maurizio Baldi
Foto By Maurizio Baldi


Transversal Tracks (Green Path):

3 Riomaggiore - Telegrafo 1 hour and 40 minutes
3a Riomaggiore - Telegrafo 1 hour e 40 minutes
4 Biassa - Schiara 2 hour e 15 minutes
4b Fossola - Campiglia 1 hour e 20 minutes
4c Fossola - S. Antonio 1 ora
01 Riomaggiore - Sella La Croce 2 hour e 15 minutes
02 Manarola - Innesto n. 1 2 hour
6 Manarola - Aia del Cane 2 hour e 30 minutes
6d Volastra - Case Pianca 1 hour
7 Vernazza - La Cigoletta 2 hour e 20 minutes
8 Vernazza - Foce di Drignana 1 hour e 30 minutes
8b Madonna di Reggio - Il Termine 1 hour e 30 minutes
9 Monterosso - Madonna di Soviore 1 hour e 30 minutes
10 Monterosso - S. Antonio 1 hour
12 Colla di Gritta - Levanto 40 minutes

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