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.

The literary nature trails of the Eugenio Montale Literary Park

The Eugenio Montale Literary Park

The Parco Letterario® Eugenio Montale, an en plein air space where the literary adjective indicates a widespread and at the same time circumscribed place that covers the entire territory of the Cinque Terre, was born in 2015, in collaboration with Parchi Letterari® Italiani ed Europei.

The Park offers a cycle of walks and excursions marked by verse readings and insights into local nature and history, by the naturalist Carlo Torricelli and the expert of Montale Cristina Currarini.

Parco Letterario® Eugenio Montale
© Archivio Farabola

The literary nature trails of the Eugenio Montale Park are free but reserved for holders of the Cinque Terre Card only. The maximum number of participants is set at 15, and reservations are required by e-mail. Together with the confirmation, you will be sent the Anticovid specification, to be returned by e-mail signed and signed for acceptance.

To participate, you need to wear suitable footwear for walking on trails. We also recommend you read our practical tips for trekking safely and fully enjoying it.

The literary nature trails of the Eugenio Montale Literary Park

  • August 1st at 9:30 am – verses in the shadow of the giant. A walk between the two villas owned by the Montale family, Villa Montale and Villa La Vecchiona, the promontory of Mesco, up to the “Portigiun,” between the places of the poet’s childhood and adolescence. The walk takes about 2 hours and starts from the Park Info Point at the Monterosso station.
  • August 11 at 6:00 pm – from Monterosso to Punta Corcone, listening to the reading and commentary of classic and well-known verses by Montale related to the landscape and the sea, admiring the sunset. The walk takes about 2 hours and starts from the Park Info Point at the Monterosso station.
  • August 12 at 9:30 am – Manarola, between land and sea. A circular route through the small promontory to Punta Bonfiglio, accompanied by the verses of Montale. The walk takes about 2 hours and starts from the Park Info Point at the Manarola station.
  • September 18 at 3:00 pm – the hill harvest, from Volastra to Corniglia. An excursion from the churchyard of the Sanctuary of Nostra Signora della Salute in Volastra to the village of Corniglia, along the panoramic paths 586 and 587. The walk takes about 3 hours and starts from the Info Point of the Park at the Manarola station.
  • September 19 at 9:30 am – a walk between the Capuchin convent and Buranco. From Piazzale Belvedere, the terrace overlooking the sea, the path winds uphill through “the uncles of friars” on the hill of San Cristoforo to the Convent of the Capuchin friars. We will then descends through the ancient Via Buranco to the Church of San Giovanni Battista. The walk takes about 2 hours and starts from the Park Info Point at the Monterosso station.
  • October 23 at 8:30 am – tree, wonderful creature. A walk between the sanctuaries of Nostra Signora di Soviore and Nostra Signora di Reggio, placing the typical trees and the local flora at the center, also of the literary path. The walk takes about 4 hours and starts from the Info Point of the Park at the Monterosso station, from which you will leave for Soviore by bus. The arrival is in Vernazza.

In case of adverse weather conditions, the program could change, and the excursion could also be canceled.

Cinque Terre, a human landscape

Cinque Terre, a human landscape

Cinque Terre are a human landscape, in the sense that if it were for nature here they would be only steep cliffs lashed by the sea and woods upstream.

Man in the Cinque Terre has not only built settlements and then villages but has shaped the landscape by creating the terraces that make this strip of coast so special and identifying.

The permanent exhibition “Cinque Terre, a human landscape”

Throughout August, the Castello di Riomaggiore will be open daily, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m., as a tourist information point, but also and above all as the location of the permanent exhibition Cinque Terre, a human landscape.

Cinque Terre, a human landscape

The exhibition, sponsored by the Municipality of Riomaggiore, was created thanks to the Cinque Terre National Park – Marine Protected Area and the precious work of volunteers.

The project and the exhibition’s texts were curated by Attilio Casavecchia, while the images are by Anselmo Crovara from the Museum of Memory and by Walter Bilotta, who also oversaw the graphic project and Doriano Franceschetti.

Texts and images have been elaborated to disseminate local history and culture, make the Cinque Terre landscape better known, and facilitate its understanding, treating in detail the territory of Riomaggiore.

For those over 12 years old, there is an entrance ticket costing 1 €, while the exhibition is free for children, disabled people, and residents of the Municipality of Riomaggiore.

Guided tours of the Hermitage of the Maddalena in Monterosso

Guided tours of the Hermitage of the Maddalena in Monterosso

The Hermitage of Maddalena is a historic residence immersed in an olive grove overlooking the sea in the Cinque Terre National Park, just over 3 km from the village of Monterosso.

Guided tours of the Hermitage of the Maddalena in Monterosso

The Hermitage of the Maddalena, mentioned in historical archive documents since 1244, is composed of a monastic complex with a cloister with semicircular arches and a small church with a single rectangular hall, made of sandstone, and dedicated to San Lorenzo in Terriccio.

In 1327 the monastery, then in a state of neglect, was entrusted by the community of Monterosso to Fra Bartolomeo da Vicenza to maintain and renovate it.

By the will of Sixtus IV, from 1478, the Hermitage of the Maddalena was then placed under the protection of the Benedictine congregation of Santa Giustina in Padua. It hosted the Benedictine monks from the monastery of San Gerolamo della Cervara in Portofino.

Today it is renowned for the evocative ceremonies with a view that are organized there during the summer and for the rooms with ribbed vaults obtained in the ancient cells on the upper floor of the structure—an ideal vacation spot for those who want refinement, peace, and a pinch of charm.

Guided tours of the Hermitage of the Maddalena in Monterosso

The Eremo della Maddalena is now part of the Associazione Nazionale Dimore Storiche (i.e. National Historic Houses Association), a non-profit organization operating throughout the Italian territory, which guarantees its maintenance and promotion.

On 14th, 21st, and 28th July, it will be possible to discover this corner of paradise in the heart of the Cinque Terre. Three unique opportunities to fully appreciate its medieval architecture and history, with a local guide who will lead visitors through the church, study, cloister, kitchen, and cellars.

To be booked in advance by contacting the Hermitage, the visit will end in the vineyard overlooking the sea, with a wine tasting of the renowned local Cinque Terre DOC.

* the copyright of the photographs published in this post belongs to the Eremo della Maddalena

Madonna di Montenero in Riomaggiore

The Shrine of Our Lady of Montenero

The Church of Our Lady of Montenero is the Marian shrine overlooking Riomaggiore dominating the entire Cinque Terre coast and offering a breathtaking view, which from the island of Tino to the east reaches Punta Mesco to the west.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Montenero

It is said to have been founded following the discovery of a Byzantine icon brought by Greek refugees fleeing iconoclastic persecution at the beginning of the 14th century and was attested for the first time in 1335, but the construction as we see it today is the result of various renovations over the centuries. The image of the Virgin venerated today is actually oil on canvas from the 16th century.

Celebrations at the shrine are held three times during the year:

  • May 1st, on the occasion of the beginning of the Marian Month
  • Sunday and Monday of Pentecost, with the celebrations that start on the previous Saturday, with a procession from Riomaggiore and the exposure of the golds of Montenero, the local ex-votos
  • the fourth Sunday of July, on the occasion of the Feast of the Coronation, also preceded by a procession on Saturday

Getting to Montenero

You can reach the shrine by car, parking it along the coastal road and walking the last stretch of the SVA path till the church. The same path, dotted with thirteen votive shrines and called La Via Grande, starts from Riomaggiore, in Lavaccio. About an hour and a half walking through vineyards and Mediterranean maquis.

The Cinque Terre’s shrines

I santuari delle Cinque Terre

The villages of the Cinque Terre are dominated by as many Marian shrines to which the inhabitants are linked by deep and authentic devotion. They are all accessible by car, along the coastal road and are connected to their respective villages by ancient mule tracks and from each other by the Via dei Santuari (i.e. Shrine’s Road), one of the most scenic hiking routes in the eastern Liguria.

We have already talked in detail about the Shrine of Our Lady of Montenero in Riomaggiore and that of Our Lady of Health in Volastra and it is time to introduce you to the other three hilly places of worship.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Soviore

The Shrine of Our Lady of Soviore, 464 meters above sea level, is the oldest Ligurian shrine, mentioned in a document from 1225, where a wooden statue representing the Pietà (Madonna holding the Christ dead body) is worshipped. The organ inside is a Giousuè Agati from 1822.

It is said that in 629, during the attack of the barbarian hordes of Rotari, the inhabitants fled heading towards the sea and in doing so buried an image of the Madonna in the locality of Fontanelle, just below Soviore. After more than a century, around 740, a hunting priest noticed a white dove disappearing inside a tunnel, he was intrigued and returned the next day with helpers who digging on the spot found the Pietà.

A votive chapel was built on the site of the discovery, while the church casket of the Virgin was erected fifty meters above. The cult took on such importance that in the fourteenth century the church was demolished and rebuilt, with the participation of all the citizens of Monterosso. The construction of the portico adjacent to the bell tower and the guesthouse for pilgrims on their way along the Via Romea, which connected Rome to Santiago de Compostela, also began. In the Middle Ages, the shrine was then used as a shelter during the Black Plague.

The Shrine of Soviore, shaded by centenary holm oaks recognized as monumental trees, is celebrated three times a year: on July 7, to celebrate the discovery, on August 15, for the feast of the Assumption of Mary and on Sunday after September 8.

The path that leads from Monterosso to Soviore starts at the top of Via Roma and is obviously all uphill. About an hour and a half walk for 2.75km.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Reggio

The Shrine of Our Lady of Reggio, at 317 meters above sea level, is dated 1248 and stands in the shade of secular cypresses, one of which is the oldest in all Liguria.

The settlement of Reggio dates back to Roman times, when it became an agglomeration around the year 1000 from an important commercial crossroads, before being abandoned to found Vernazza further downstream.

The church with three naves and Latin plan has a Romanesque facade and the painting of the Black Madonna with the Child Jesus that is venerated there is from the fourteenth century. Since 1853, the effigy has been brought to the village every 25 years and remains there for a week, before being transported back to Reggio with a solemn procession.

The inhabitants of the village walk to the shrine very frequently, but the official festivities of the Shrine of Reggio are the second Sunday of May, for the Christ Feast, and the first Sunday of August, Madonna si Reggio Feast. If you are in Cinque Terre on these dates, we absolutely recommend a visit to Reggio, for a decidedly authentic experience.

The vertical path that leads from Vernazza to the shrine starts from the train station is actually a Via Crucis, today marked as path 508 (ex n ° 8). A beautiful walk of about an hour on an ancient pavement, among olive trees overlooking the sea, chapels, and votive shrines decorated with marble bas-reliefs. Upon arrival, you are greeted by fresh spring water, for the Vernazzesi the best water in the world …

The Shrine of Our Lady of Grace

The Shrine of Our Lady of Grace in San Bernardino, at 390 meters above sea level, it is the most recent one, built in the early twentieth century to replace a chapel dating back to 1584.

The church has a single nave and a rectangular plan, with a Romanesque façade surmounted however by a Gothic mullioned window and flanked by a rather massive bell tower. The interior, which has undergone various modifications, preserves a canvas depicting the Madonna and Child, crowned in 1874 and originally assembled together with the two depictions of San Bernardo di Chiaravalle and San Bernardino da Siena. Currently, the icon of the Madonna is placed above the altar while the two saints have been placed in the two ovals on the side walls.

Legend has it that in 1700 the inhabitants of Corniglia went there to restore a painting of the Madonna, finding it suddenly and miraculously intact and with vivid colors.

From Corniglia to the shrine, whose feast day is celebrated on September 8, it takes about an hour and a half and the route starts just outside the village, taking the SVA path towards Vernazza up to the intersection with path 507.