Enjoy this 7 day walking holiday in Cinque Terre, along the most dramatic coastline of Italy. Through vineyards and colorful fishing villages, visiting the historic towns of Levanto, Portovenere and the five small village gems that make up Cinque Terre. You will stay three nights at a charming hotel in the medieval town of Levanto and three nights in the bustling little port village Riomaggiore.
Cinque Terre gets its name from the five picturesque villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. For over a thousand years, there have been people living in this dramatic landscape, and with strenuous work, the farmers have cultivated the steep slopes leading down to the steep sea cliffs of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Today the area is a designated national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An extensive network of old mule tracks and hiking trails connects the many beautiful villages, and provides the base for one of the world's best known hiking areas. Liguria has a lot to offer. The charming coastal town of Levanto, with its beach, the azure colored sea and the small town of Portovenere, which is guarding the entrance to the Gulf of Poets.
This is a relatively easy walk, suitable for those who have experience with walking/hiking, and who have a good physical condition. The daily walks take 5-6 hours. Most of the routes follow well marked paths and trails, and many of them have recently been restored by the local authorities. At some of the places it is necessary to closely follow the provided map and the route descriptions.
Depending on when you arrive in Levanto, it may be possible to go sightseeing in the city, and perhaps take a dip in the Mediterranean sea. Levanto is a small market town with a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere. It is located at a sheltered bay, surrounded by mountains and it has a beautiful sandy beach.
The first day of walking will take you down the coast to Monterosso al Mare. The first part of the trail leads up to the remarkable promontory Punta Mesco. To the east there are views of the rugged coastline of Cinque Terre and to the west you will get a view of Levanto. This is a good place to stop for a picnic lunch.
Shortly after Punta Mesco, you can make a small detour to the ruins of an ancient hermitage, from the 11th century. Upon that you will follow a fairly steep path down into Monterosso, a colorful village, with blue, red and yellow houses that cling on to the rocks. There is plenty of time to explore the city before heading back to Levanto.
It is also possible to go back to Levanto via an alternative route over the mountains. This route ends up behind the old castle in Levanto.
Today you walk west from Levanto. The first part of the path follows along the beach, then the trail goes up into the hills and then down to the small coastal town of Bonassola. The coastal trail continues to Framura, where a number of small villages have grown together in the hilly landscape.
From the upper village of Costa the path continues horizontally on green hillsides along the coast, with breathtaking views of the sea. A steep descent brings you down to Deiva Marina. From here it is possible to continue to Moneglia.
This coastal walk takes you through several charming little villages where you will have time to drink a cup of coffee or just relax. There are also good options to have lunch. Walk as far as you like as it is possible to jump on the train back to Levanto from most of the villages.
After breakfast you will check out and take the train to Riomaggiore, the most southern of the five villages. Here you can leave your luggage at the hotel before beginning today's walk to Manarola. It is an attractive village with multi-colored houses, winding its way up the cliff sides, overlooking the natural rocky harbor.
From Manarola the path goes up through the wine terraces towards Corniglia, which is nicely perched on a ridge overlooking the sea. From here the trail passes through vineyards and citrus groves. When you approach the village of Vernazza, dominated by its old fortress, you will experience some of the most incredible views in the entire region. The path winds around the hillsides until a fairly steep descent brings you into the actual Vernazza, which is the most beautiful village on the coast.
You must not rob yourself of the experience of climbing up the castle tower, which offers a magnificent view of the harbor with its many beautiful and colorful boats. There are many charming cafes, where you can enjoy a drink or a nice lunch before you take the train back to the hotel in Riomaggiore.
Today's hike takes you into the countryside of the central Cinque Terre, to the churches of Madonna di Reggio and Madonna di Saviore. You take the first train to Vernazza and then walk along the beach to Monterosso.
After a good coffee break, begin the ascent to the sanctuary, Madonna di Saviore. This is a great spot to relax and have lunch before continuing to the next sanctuary, Madonna di Reggio.
From here the path passes through the hills to the little church of San Bernardo. The view of the coast from here is indescribable and the walk is lovely. Eventually the trail descends to the coast and Vernazza, where you catch the train back to Riomaggiore. It is possible to shorten the trip by going directly from Madonna di Reggio, along a series of small chapels, down to Vernazza.
Fra Riomaggiore går det i østlig retning til Campiglia og Portovenere. I vandrer op ad en lang række af trapper til Santuario della Madonna di Montenero. Efter stigningen fortsætter I horisontalt langs kystskrænterne og gennem vinmarkerne. Den dramatiske kyststrækning er indrammet af det klare azurblå vand. I er nu oppe på Sentiero Rosso højderyggen, der går fra den ene ende af Cinque Terre til den anden. I passerer gennem den lille landsby Campiglia, hvor I kan stoppe for en forfriskning. Fra Campiglia vandrer I ned gennem fyrreskoven mod Portovenere. Også her er udsigten spektakulær. I ankommer til det fine gamle slot fra det 16. århundrede, der ligger oppe over Portovenere. Herfra kan I se de fjerne toppe af Alpi Apuane-bjergene. En lang trappe fører jer ind i hjertet af landsbyen. Der er tid til at gå på opdagelse i den charmerende landsby og Punta San Pietro, før I sejler tilbage til Riomaggiore med en af de lokale turbåde. Ophold i Riomaggiore. (M).
From Riomaggiore the path takes you east to Campiglia and Portovenere. You walk up a long flight of stairs to the Santuario della Madonna di Montenero. After the ascent the trail continues horizontally along the coastal cliffs and through beautiful vineyards. The dramatic coastline is perfectly framed by the clear azure blue waters. You are now at the Sentiero Rosso ridge that travels from one end of the Cinque Terre to the other.
When passing through the small village of Campiglia, it is possible to stop for refreshments. From Campiglia you will hike down through the pine forest to Portovenere. Again, the views here are spectacular when passing by the castle from the 16th century that lies above Portovenere. From here you can see the distant peaks of the Alpi Apuane mountains.
A wide staircase leads you into the heart of the village, where you'll have time to explore the charming village and Punta San Pietro before heading back to Riomaggiore on one of the local boat cruises. (In case the boat does not run during your holiday, it is possible to catch a local bus back to Riomaggiore).
After breakfast it is time to pack your luggage and check-out of the hotel.
On this tour you are on your own without a tour guide. We have arranged for overnight stays, route descriptions. maps and other practical things.
The daily walking tours - as described in the itinerary - are at level 2-3. Since you are walking individually without a guide, it is possible to make your own decisions about how far you want to proceed on each day. The route descriptions are very detailed, written in easily understandable English, and are easy to follow. You can always also turn around and head back or jump on the local coastal train back whenever you wish to.
This holiday can be booked from March to October
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From Pisa Airport to Levanto
It is possible to take the train from Pisa Airport to Levanto. The journey takes about 1½ hours and you can get an overview of the trip here: Rome2Rio
From Riomaggiore to Pisa Airport
The journey back from Riomaggiore to Pisa is easiest taken by train. On www.trenitalia.com you can find the timetables and destinations for the Italian trains (Pisa-Levanto about 1,5h, Milan-Levanto about 3 h). Since it may be troublesome to purchase the ticket online, we recommend purchasing it at the ticket office or -machine at the train station.
Driving by car
If you choose to drive on your own to Levanto, it will be possible to leave your car at your first hotel or to take it to a public parking lot nearby the hotel. The hotel, where you'll stay first depends on where there is availability at the time when you book your holiday. Usually the hotels we cooperate with have a parking space for you. The parking is for free during the time that you live at the hotel. If you choose to leave the car at the hotel while you complete your tour then the parking usually costs abour 10-15 euros per day. In case your first hotel does not have a parking spot, you'll be able to park your car in the public parking lot, which usually costs about 30-35 euros per week.
Breakfast is included throughout your holiday.
It is very easy to find lunch and dinner in the villages.
You will spend three nights in Levanto at a 3-star hotel and three nights in Riomaggiore at a 2- or 3-star hotel. Breakfast is included at both hotels.
We highly recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Mountain Adventures, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by a necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.