Cinque Terre is a combination of centuries-old seaside villages on the Italian Riviera coastline. Each of the five towns portray colourful houses and vineyards which cling to steep terraces and harbours lined with fishing boats. The cliffside hiking trail called The Sentiero Azzurro or Blue Trail links the villages and offers sweeping sea vistas.
Distance: 6.9miles (11km); 5 to 6 hours to walk.
Riomaggiore being the most southern village of Cinque Terre, climbs up along the ridges overlooking the sea. It is characterized by typical stone houses with coloured façades and slate-roofs. The population is approximately 1,500.
Trail: Riomaggiore – Manarola
The hiking trail Via dell’ Amore or in English – Lovers’ Lane is the most famous and romantic stretch of the Cinque Terre coastline, connecting the picturesque villages of Riomaggiore and Manarola. This trail is wide, flat, paved and by far the easiest section of Trail #2 (the Sentiero Azzurro, or “Blue Trail”).
Distance: 0.86 miles (1.4km); 1-hour to walk.
Manarola is the second-smallest and oldest town of Cinque Terre, in the province of La Spezia, Liguria. It has a population of 353 and is the most charming and romantic of the five villages.
Trail: Manarola – Corniglia
A relatively easy path, with spectacular gardens and sea views.
Distance 1.2 miles (2km); 1 hour 15 minutes to walk.
Corniglia lies in the comune of Vernazza in the province of La Spezia, Liguria, with a population of about 150.
There are approximately 382 of rugged steps to get to Corniglia. It is the ‘quiet’ middle village that sits atop a 100m-high rocky promontory surrounded by vineyards.
Trail: Corniglia – Vernazza
This trail has stone steps which tend to be quite steep, uneven, and not always well-kept, but you will find lush olive groves and exotic plants and flowers along the way.
Distance: 2 miles (4km); 1 hour 45 minutes to walk.
Vernazza is the fourth village heading north. It has no car traffic, and is known as a “fishing village” with the only natural port of Cinque Terre and is famous for its elegant houses.
The Azure Trail: Vernazza – Monterosso
The hiking trail from Monterosso to Vernazza is probably one of the hardest of the five tracks with a maximum height of 175 metres (575 ft). Distance: 2.3 miles (3.7km); 1 hour 20 minutes to walk.
Monterosso al Mare
Monterosso the largest village of the five villages in the province of La Spezia, part of the region of Liguria. It has a population of approximately 1,400 and located on hills cultivated with lemons, vines and olives.