Guided tours in the Cinque Terre Park

Visite guidate nel parco delle Cinque Terre

During summer, the Cinque Terre National Park organizes guided tours and visits to discover our villages and hiking trails. A program known as the “Cinque Terre Walking Park” and reserved to Cinque Terre Card holders, without additional costs, but with a mandatory email booking.

To participate, in addition to booking, you need to show up at the departure a few minutes before, wearing suitable footwear for mountain-like paths. We also recommend you read our practical tips for a safe and enjoyable hiking experience.

The program of guided tours and hikes in the Cinque Terre Park in October

  • 1: hike from Manarola to “Fondazione Manarola”. The meeting with the guide is at 9:30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Manarola
  • 3: hike from Levanto to Monterosso. The meeting with the guide is at 9:30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Levanto
  • 5: E-bike Tour from Levanto to Monterosso. The meeting with the guide is at 9:30 p.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Levanto
  • 8: hike from Manarola to Groppo and back, with tasting in the local winery. The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station in Manarola
  • 10: a hike in and around Monterosso to discover its vineyards and lemon grows. The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Monterosso
  • 15: hike from Manarola to Corniglia, via Volastra, with tasting in the local winery. The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station in Manarola
  • 16: hike from Corniglia to Vernazza (SVA-blue trail). The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at Cinque Terre Point at the railway station of Corniglia
  • 19: E-bike Tour from Levanto to Monterosso. The meeting with the guide is at 4:30 p.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Levanto
  • 22:  hike from Riomaggiore to the winery “Possa,” with wine tasting and visit of the vineyards. The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Riomaggiore
  • 24: hike from Vernazza to Monterosso (SVA-blue trail). The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at Cinque Terre Point at the railway station of Vernazza
  • 29: hike from Manarola to “Fondazione Manarola”. The meeting with the guide is at 9:30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Manarola
  • 31: a hike in and around Monterosso to discover its vineyards and lemon grows. The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Monterosso

Guided visits to the villages in October

  • 2 guided tour of Vernazza and Monterosso. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Vernazza
  • 9: guided tour of Manarola and Riomaggiore. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Manarola
  • 14: guided tour of Riomaggiore and Manarola. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Riomaggiore
  • 17: guided tour of Monterosso and Vernazza. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Monterosso
  • 23: guided tour of Manarola and Riomaggiore. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Manarola
  • 28: guided tour of Vernazza and Monterosso. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Vernazza
  • 30: guided tour of Corniglia and Vernazza. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Corniglia
The oenological Possa experience in Riomaggiore

The program of guided tours and hikes in the Cinque Terre Park in September

  • 3: hike from Manarola to “Fondazione Manarola”. The meeting with the guide is at 9:30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Manarola
  • 4: hike from Corniglia to Vernazza (SVA-blue trail). The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at Cinque Terre Point at the railway station of Corniglia
  • 9:  hike from Riomaggiore to Montenero, then Volastra and Manarola. The meeting with the guide is at 9 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Riomaggiore
  • 10: E-bike Tour from Levanto to Monterosso. The meeting with the guide is at 9:30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Levanto
  • 12: a hike in and around Monterosso to discover its vineyards and lemon grows. The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Monterosso
  • 17: hike from Manarola to “Fondazione Manarola”. The meeting with the guide is at 9:30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Manarola
  • 19: hike from Levanto to Monterosso. The meeting with the guide is at 9:30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Levanto
  • 22: E-bike Tour from Levanto to Monterosso. The meeting with the guide is at 4:30 p.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Levanto
  • 6: hike from Manarola to Groppo and back, with tasting in the local winery. The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station in Manarola
  • 8: a hike in and around Monterosso to discover its vineyards and lemon grows. The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Monterosso
  • 13:  hike from Riomaggiore to the winery “Possa,” with wine tasting and visit of the vineyards. The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Riomaggiore
  • 14: hike from Corniglia to Vernazza (SVA-blue trail). The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at Cinque Terre Point at the railway station of Corniglia
  • 18: E-bike Tour from Levanto to Monterosso. The meeting with the guide is at 9:30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Levanto
  • 20: hike from Manarola to “Fondazione Manarola”. The meeting with the guide is at 9:30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Manarola
  • 22: a hike in and around Monterosso to discover its vineyards and lemon grows. The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Monterosso
  • 27:  hike from Riomaggiore to Montenero, then Volastra and Manarola. The meeting with the guide is at 9 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Riomaggiore
  • 28: hike from Vernazza to Monterosso (SVA-blue trail). The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at Cinque Terre Point at the railway station of Vernazza

Guided visits to the villages in September

  • 2: guided tour of Riomaggiore and Manarola. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Riomaggiore
  • 5: guided tour of Monterosso and Vernazza. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Monterosso
  • 11: guided tour of Vernazza and Monterosso. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Vernazza
  • 16: guided tour of Riomaggiore and Manarola. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Riomaggiore
  • 18: guided tour of Vernazza and Monterosso. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Vernazza
  • 26: guided tour of Monterosso and Vernazza. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Monterosso
  • 30: guided tour of Riomaggiore and Manarola. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Riomaggiore
Cinque Terre Walking Park

The program of guided tours and hikes in the Cinque Terre Park in August

  • 4: E-bike Tour from Levanto to Monterosso. The meeting with the guide is at 9:30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Levanto
  • 6: hike from Manarola to Groppo and back, with tasting in the local winery. The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station in Manarola
  • 8: a hike in and around Monterosso to discover its vineyards and lemon grows. The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Monterosso
  • 13:  hike from Riomaggiore to the winery “Possa,” with wine tasting and visit of the vineyards. The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Riomaggiore
  • 14: hike from Corniglia to Vernazza (SVA-blue trail). The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at Cinque Terre Point at the railway station of Corniglia
  • 18: E-bike Tour from Levanto to Monterosso. The meeting with the guide is at 9:30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Levanto
  • 20: hike from Manarola to “Fondazione Manarola”. The meeting with the guide is at 9:30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Manarola
  • 22: a hike in and around Monterosso to discover its vineyards and lemon grows. The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Monterosso
  • 24:  hike from Corniglia to Manarola via the hamlet of Volastra. The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station in Corniglia
  • 25: hike from Vernazza to Monterosso (SVA-blue trail). The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at Cinque Terre Point at the railway station of Vernazza

Guided visits to the villages in August

  • 2: guided tour of Riomaggiore and Manarola. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Riomaggiore
  • 5: guided tour of Monterosso and Vernazza. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Monterosso
  • 7: guided tour of Corniglia and Vernazza. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Corniglia
  • 12: guided tour of Riomaggiore and Manarola. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Riomaggiore
  • 14: guided tour of Corniglia and Vernazza. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Corniglia
  • 15: guided tour of Monterosso and Vernazza. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Monterosso
  • 21: guided tour of Corniglia and Riomaggiore. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Corniglia
  • 26: guided tour of Riomaggiore and Manarola. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Riomaggiore
  • 29: guided tour of Monterosso and Vernazza. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Monterosso
Riomaggiore

The program of guided tours and hikes in the Cinque Terre Park in July

  • 2:  hike from Riomaggiore to Montenero, then Volastra and Manarola. The meeting with the guide is at 8.30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Riomaggiore
  • 4: a hike in and around Monterosso to discover its vineyards and lemon grows. The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Monterosso
  • 7: E-bike Tour from Levanto to Monterosso. The meeting with the guide is at 9:30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Levanto
  • 9: hike from Manarola to Groppo and back, with tasting in the local winery. The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station in Manarola
  • 15:  hike from Riomaggiore to the winery “Possa,” with wine tasting and visit of the vineyards. The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Riomaggiore
  • 16: hike from Manarola to “Fondazione Manarola”. The meeting with the guide is at 9:30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Manarola
  • 21: E-bike Tour from Levanto to Monterosso. The meeting with the guide is at 9:30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Levanto
  • 23: hike from Manarola, to discover its honey and wine. The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station in Manarola
  • 25: a hike in and around Monterosso to discover its vineyards and lemon grows. The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Monterosso
  • 29: hike from Corniglia to Vernazza (SVA-blue trail). The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at Cinque Terre Point at the railway station of Corniglia

The program of guided tours and hikes in the Cinque Terre Park in June

  • June 1: hike from Manarola to “Fondazione Manarola”. The meeting with the guide is at 9:30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Manarola
  • June 3:  hike from Corniglia to Manarola via the hamlet of Volastra. The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station in Corniglia
  • June 6: “The scent of Lemons,” a hike in and around Monterosso. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Monterosso
  • June 9: E-bike Tour from Levanto to Monterosso. The meeting with the guide is at 9:30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Monterosso
  • June 11: hike from Manarola to Groppo and back, with tasting in the local winery. The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station in Manarola
  • June 13: hike from Levanto to Monterosso, with visits to the restored farm “Case Lovara.” The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at Cinque Terre Point at the railway station of Levanto.
  • 16:  hike from Riomaggiore to the winery “Possa,” with wine tasting and visit of the vineyards. The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Riomaggiore17: hike from Corniglia to Vernazza (SVA-blue trail). The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at Cinque Terre Point at the railway station of Corniglia
  • 18: hike from Manarola to Corniglia via the hamlet of Volastra. The meeting with the guide is at 9.30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station in Manarola
  • June 20: “The scent of Lemons,” a hike in and around Monterosso. The meeting with the guide is at 9:30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Monterosso
  • June 25: hike from Manarola to “Fondazione Manarola”. The meeting with the guide is at 9:30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Manarola
  • June 27: “The scent of Lemons,” a hike in and around Monterosso. The meeting with the guide is at 9:30 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Monterosso
  • June 30: E-bike Tour from Levanto to Monterosso. The meeting with the guide is at 6 p.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Monterosso
Guided tours in the Cinque Terre Park

Guided visits to the villages in July

  • 1: guided tour of Corniglia. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Corniglia
  • 3: guided tour of Vernazza and Riomaggiore. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Vernazza
  • 10: guided tour of Manarola and Monterosso. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Manarola
  • 11: guided tour of Corniglia. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Corniglia
  • 17: guided tour of Riomaggiore and Manarola. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Riomaggiore
  • 18: guided tour of Monterosso and Vernazza. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Monterosso
  • 24: guided tour of Corniglia. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Corniglia
  • 30: guided tour of Manarola and Riomaggiore. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Manarola
  • 31: guided tour of Vernazza and Monterosso. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Vernazza

Guided visits to the villages in June

  • June 2: guided tour of Riomaggiore. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Riomaggiore
  • June 2: guided tour of Manarola. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Manarola
  • June 4: guided tour of Manarola. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Manarola
  • June 4: guided tour of Corniglia. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Corniglia
  • June 5: guided tour of Vernazza. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Vernazza
  • June 5: guided tour of Monterosso. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Monterosso
  • June 10: guided tour of Corniglia. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Corniglia
  • June 12: guided tour of Vernazza. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Vernazza
  • June 12: guided tour of Monterosso. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Monterosso
  • June 19: guided tour of Vernazza. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Vernazza
  • June 19: guided tour of Monterosso. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Monterosso
  • June 23: guided tour of Riomaggiore. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Riomaggiore
  • June 23: guided tour of Manarola. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Manarola
  • June 24: guided tour of Corniglia. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Corniglia
  • June 26: guided tour of Vernazza. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Vernazza
  • June 26: guided tour of Manarola. The meeting with the guide is at 10 a.m. at the Park Info Point at the railway station of Manarola

In case of bad weather conditions, the program could obviously change and the guided hike could also be canceled.

Hiking from Manarola to Corniglia via Volastra

Corniglia

The walk that leads from Manarola to Corniglia is one of the most panoramic in our region and passes through olive groves, vineyards, woods, and cliffs, passing through Volastra.

Hiking from Manarola to Corniglia via Volastra

  • about 5 km
  • 335 m of altitude on the sea
  • about 2h30 hiking
  • for trained hikers
  • trail 506, then 586 and 587
Manarola

The path

After spending some time discovering and visiting the village of Manarola, you can walk up the valley on the right of the Groppo stream. This first part of the walk is a rather steep climb, up to the locality of Piè di Fiesse, from where you will continue for a few meters along the SP 51 towards Groppo until you find an old mule track on the left.

This last stretch of the climb is already less steep and is surrounded by fields planted with olive trees that characterize the path up to Volastra, formerly known as Vicolus Olivastre, or the village of the olive groves.

After a stop at the suggestive Shrine of Our Lady of Health, built in sandstone in the twelfth century, you can continue the walk, which is now all with a view of the sea, through vineyards and terraces.

A real wonder and one of the few almost flat sections of our territory. However, some passages are quite narrow, and there are no protections, so we advise you to pay close attention to the walkway, even though the landscape changes step by step and leaves you breathless.

“Liguria will not remain in history because it discovered America and played Paganini’s violin, but because of the first man who brought out a bunch of grapes from a rock overlooking the sea”

Vittorio G. Rossi, “The dog barks at the moon”

From the typical vineyards, you pass to the Mediterranean scrub, with a section of path immersed in the pine and holm oak wood between the inhabited center of Porciana and up to Case Pianca, from where you begin the descent towards Corniglia, along an ancient mule track, at times bumpy, which crosses a beautiful pine forest overlooking the sea and then reaches olive groves and vineyards near the town.

For more details on this and other hikes in the region, you can also consult trails on the Cinque Terre National Park’s official map.

Cinque Terre Hiking Trails

For less trained walkers

If you are not too fit, you can also avoid the climb from Manarola to Volastra by opting for a more comfortable and faster bus.

Just go to the Park Info Point located at the train station to buy the ticket, which costs € 1.50 if purchased at the Info Point or € 2 if directly on the van. For those who already have the Cinque Terre Card, the service is instead included.

The minibus leaves from the post office, and, given the few seats, we advise you to be at the stop a little early.

Cinque Terre Walking Park, September 2020

Hiking in Cinque Terre

During the weekend, the Cinque Terre National Park organizes guided excursions to discover our hiking trails. A program known as the “Cinque Terre Walking Park” and reserved to Cinque Terre Card holders, without additional costs, but with a mandatory email booking.

Hiking in Cinque Terre

Circular routes starting from the park’s info point at the train stations of the five villages. The hike always lasts about four hours, starting at 9 a.m and is recommended for expert hikers.

To participate, in addition to booking, you need to show up at the departure a few minutes before, wearing suitable footwear for mountain-like paths. We also recommend you read our practical tips for a safe and enjoyable hiking experience.

The Cinque Terre Walking Park program

In case of bad weather conditions the program could obviously change and the guided hike could also be canceled.

Cinque Terre Walking Park, August 2020

Vernazza

During the weekend, the Cinque Terre National Park organizes guided excursions to discover our hiking trails. A program known as the “Cinque Terre Walking Park” and reserved to Cinque Terre Card holders, without additional costs, but with a mandatory email booking.

Hiking in Cinque Terre

Circular routes starting from the park’s info point at the train stations of the five villages. The hike always lasts about four hours, starting at 9 a.m and is recommended for expert hikers.

To participate, in addition to booking, you need to show up at the departure a few minutes before, wearing suitable footwear for mountain-like paths. We also recommend you read our practical tips for a safe and enjoyable hiking experience.

The Cinque Terre Walking Park program

In case of bad weather conditions the program could obviously change and the guided hike could also be canceled.

Holistic Hiking in Cinque Terre

Holistic Hiking in Cinque Terre

Holistic hiking is a new way of hiking in the Cinque Terre, between wellness and spirituality.

The  Via dell’Essenza continues its growth with an ever richer schedule: a holistic hiking calendar to make us discover the Cinque Terre and the less traveled but certainly more evocative paths in an entirely unexpected way.

These are unusual multi-sensory paths to discover the less known beauties of an enchanted, almost magical territory, real itinerant themed events between nature and symbolic sites that will take on the value of inner journeys difficult to forget.

Holistic Hiking in Cinque Terre

The first holistic hiking in the Cinque Terre: a walk through the Five Elements “Limen Passage”

The program starts on July 26 with “Limen Passage”, the path dedicated to the five elements harmoniously coexisting in the Cinque Terre. The appointment is at 7:30 am at the Riomaggiore railway station.

From there we will head towards Lavaccio, passing through the Church of San Giovanni Battista, and then continue to the Madonna di Montenero (open that day for the Anniversary of the Coronation) and arrive at the Telegraph, from which you will reach the megalithic archaeological site of Monte Grosso. You’ll be back at Lavaccio at 2.00 pm, to enjoy an included lunch on the beautiful terrace of L’Arcobaleno.

“We chose this name for the first route because it seemed to us that the word limen, in addition to being the name of the vineyards through which we will pass, was representative of the experience we want to live. Limen is a border area that does not necessarily have the meaning of “barrier”, but which can also be understood as “threshold”, as a mysterious, almost initiatory passage between an earthly and a spiritual dimension, “says one of the organizers Mattia Confalonieri of Namastrails.

“We’ll pass five stages during the route, each dedicated to an element (air, water, earth, fire, and ether) and participants will be involved in very intense activities, including songs, meditations, aromas, and crystals. It will be very exciting and significant.” “That’s right” continues Gianluca Pezzino “but it will also be a passage between past and present, in which we will link the departure from the Church of San Giovanni Battista and the visit to the beautiful Madonna di Montenero on arrival at the archaeo-astronomical site of Monte Grosso, creating a connection between the symbols of our Christian tradition with the animistic ones of the pre-Christian civilizations very connected with the Universe and the elements of creation, living the possibility of reconnecting us with those primitive and unconscious forces that in everyday life we tend to repel in the shadows “.

The program of holistic hiking in the Cinque Terre

  • August 9 with the first three chakras
  • August 16 with the other four chakras
  • September 6 with the first six zodiac signs
  • September 20 with the other six zodiac signs

For more information and to book the experience, you can phone +39 366 6886604 or send an e-mail.

Cinque Terre Walking Park, July 2020

Cinque Terre Walking Park

During the weekend, the Cinque Terre National Park organizes guided excursions to discover our hiking trails. A program known as the “Cinque Terre Walking Park” and reserved to Cinque Terre Card holders, without additional costs, but with a mandatory email booking.

Cinque Terre

Circular routes starting from the park’s info point at the train stations of the five villages. The hike always lasts about four hours, starting at 9 a.m and is recommended for expert hikers.

To participate, in addition to booking, you need to show up at the departure a few minutes before, wearing suitable footwear for mountain-like paths. We also recommend you read our practical tips for a safe and enjoyable hiking experience.

The Cinque Terre Walking Park program

In case of bad weather conditions the program could obviously change and the guided hike could also be canceled.

Via Beccara

Hiking in Cinque Terre

Via Beccara is a vertical path through the vineyards and until the construction of the Via dell’Amore it was the only land connection between the villages of Riomaggiore and Manarola.

Via Beccara, Hiking in Cinque Terre
Via Beccara

Numbers of the Via Beccara

  • path n°531 of the Cinque Terre
  • 1.500 km long
  • 202 of altitude on the sea
  • around 1 hours walking
  • for experienced hikers

The path

Starting from Riomaggiore, the entrance to the path is located above the Riomaggiore railway station, walking up along Via Signorini until the crossroads with Via Tracastello, on the left.

Via Beccara starts with the bridge that crosses the Rio Maior canal, which gave its name to the village, and immediately climbs vertically along a stone staircase that crosses and connects the vineyards on this side of the village.

A climb for trained walkers, which definitely tests your breath.

Over six hundred steps to reach the Corniolo hill which dominates and separates Riomaggiore and Manarola and from which you immediately begin to descend, always vertically and always facing a unique panorama, on terraces, villages, and inlets from the Madonna di Montenero to Punta Mesco.

The arrival in Manarola is overly suggestive, between typical narrow alleys and terraces overlooking the sea.

The Cinque Terre Card

Manarola

The Cinque Terre Card is a visitor pass, allowing you to make the most of your stay, taking advantage of useful services, and at the same time supporting our environment.

The Card was in fact introduced by the Park in order to preserve trails and paths originally built by inhabitants to move around and farmers to reach their terraced fields. Paths of communication and essential work, but not foreseen for today’s high traffic noise due to tourism.

Monterosso

What’s included in the Cinque Terre Card

There are two types of passes you can choose from:

  • the simple Cinque Terre Trekking Card, including access to the SVA path, currently available between Corniglia and Monterosso, guided tours and excursions known as the Cinque Terre Walking Park, those organized at the Eugenio Montale Literary Park in Monterosso, ATC minibusses, public toilets in the five villages, WiFi near the Park’s hotspots, the laboratories of the Environmental Education Center (Centro di Educazione Ambientale) and a discount at the Musei Civici della Spezia (Civic Museums)
  • the Cinque Terre MS Card Train which, in addition to the services included in the basic one, offers unlimited access to the second class of regional and regional fast trains on the Levanto – La Spezia line and to all trains called Cinque Terre Express.
Cinque Terre Express Train

Purchase and rates

The Cinque Terre Card, registered and non-transferable, can be purchased at the Park’s reception centers, from Levanto to La Spezia, but in order to avoid queues and to check rates and any limitations due to weather, we recommend you buy it online, on the official website.

In case you buy a paper Card, always check with the employee who sold it to you if it must be validated or not before taking the train!

Whatever pass you have chosen and regardless of where and how you purchased it, if checked you may be asked for an identity document, even for children (till four years they travel for free).

Cinque Terre Card “Strutture Ricettive” (i.e. Accommodation Facilities)

Staying at a Cinque Terre accommodation belonging to the Park Quality Label, you are entitled to a discount on the Cinque Terre Card!

Check with the accommodation manager when you book or at check-in.

Hiking the Cinque Terre: practical tips

Trekking alle Cinque Terre

Hiking allows you to understand the Cinque Terre and those who live there.

Walking along our paths is the best method to discover history, culture and local traditions, to fall in love with the landscape, to understand the structure of the villages, why we call it heroic agriculture, why our wine has a value that goes far beyond its taste and also why it is not a region suitable for mass tourism.

In short, unless it’s really not your cup of tea, we highly and heartily recommend you hike, which however doesn’t mean walking always and in any case and condition.

That’s why we decided to publish this short article with some details that we tend to take for granted but are not. Simple practical tips that can improve your experience and allow you to live it in safety and serenity.

Hiking in Cinque Terre

1. hiking shoes

We apparently are a sea destination, but hiking here is like hiking in the mountains.

Therefore, no flip flops, sandals, ballet flats, or other shoes that are definitely not suitable for this type of walk. What you need are good hiking shoes, with a good sole and ankle support and better if not just purchased. If they were new, at least wear them a few days before, to avoid hurting you on the first path.

2. clothing

We recommend comfortable and light clothing, perhaps applying what we call the “onion strategy”, that is, providing various layers to go from going up the sun to cooler sections in the shade or even chilly at sunset or in case of wind. If we were you we would also think about the swimsuit, because the arrival is always at the sea …

3. backpack

You need the backpack, but a light one. What to put in it?

  • the layers of clothing recommended in paragraph 2
  • thermal water bottle
  • a snack
  • sunscreen
  • sun glasses
  • waterproof bag if you plan to swim
  • beach towel in the same case, perhaps in microfiber
  • second skin patches if the shoes are new
  • map and guide if you don’t have one available on your smartphone
  • travel charger to prevent problems
  • spray against insect bites
  • camera
  • a plastic bag for rubbish, which you can then dispose of when you arrive in one of the villages on your itinerary

4. which path?

The articles on this site, the dedicated page on that of the Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre, the managers of the accommodation where you are staying and the reception staff at the Park’s tourist offices will be able to give you indications about the difficulty and duration of the individual paths and if you still have doubts or need help write us!

The advice is obviously not to overdo it. If you are not trained and your stay allows it, start with a less demanding and perhaps not too long path, and increase the difficulty day after day. You can also opt for the Via dei Santuari, heading up on a Park shuttle.

Walking with a regular rhythm will then help you avoid breathlessness: small steps uphill and at the cadence that your body suggests. If you are in a company and the others are more trained than you, they will have to adapt and maybe you will laugh together.

5. the weather

With violent rains and weather alerts, the Park stops the sale of the Cinque Terre Card and prohibits access to the SVA path in the section between Monterosso and Corniglia and this so that hikers do not take risks.

The other paths are not closed, but it is a good idea not to walk in adverse weather: the path becomes dangerous and often it is sheer above the sea, visibility drops and in case of a problem even the rescuers struggle to perform their task. In short, we strongly advise against it.

If you have any doubts, we invite you to discuss with the reception staff and with the locals who know the individual paths and the relative risk degree.

But is it worth hiking in the Cinque Terre?

Well, if the introduction has not convinced you, think that walking on the paths has positive effects on both the respiratory and cardio-pulmonary systems, it burns calories and tightens the thighs, calves, and buttocks. Using sticks you’ll also work the upper part of your body.

And truly, there is no better way than hiking to discover the Cinque Terre landscape and understand its beauty, origins, and fragility.

Have a great walk!