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Hiking the Cinque Terre in Italy

Cinque Terre | Italy
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Top three reasons to hike through Cinque Terre

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    48 trails and over 120 km of trails along the magical coastline

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    Each of the five colorful villages offers accessible and awe-inspiring trails 

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    Rich history, traditional Medditeranean cuisine, and the most spectacular viewpoints

The multi-colored UNESCO World Heritage villages of the Cinque Terre offer some of the most delightful hikes in Italy! This region full of rich history and world-renowned cuisine is situated on the imposing cliffs above the Mediterranean. Five small, impossibly beautiful villages linked by footpaths clinging to the land above that perfect azure water make this a hikers’ paradise. Discover the most colorful overlooks this Italian region has to offer during seven day of hiking and create the most vivid memories! After a rewarding day of walking, make the most of the local restaurants and cafe culture as you gaze into the sparkling emerald sea. The colorful Italian streets, a glass of sciacchetrà, and the scenic sunset views have never disappointed anyone, so you can expect only the best! Find out why Cinque Terre is one of the best hiking destinations worldwide from Maggie Slepian — backpacker, trail runner, climber, and mountain biker.

Season

July to October

Nearest city

Pisa, IT, is just over an hour away from Riomaggiore

Duration

7 days

Skill level

Beginner to intermediate

Itineraries

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Group Hiking in Cinque Terre in Italy

7 days

Urban-oriented hikers, look no further! This guided six-day adventure is an excellent way to discover one of the most impressive Italian regions. The coastline, the villages, and the hillsides that envelope Cinque Terre have been awarded with the UNESCO World Heritage status. Walk through forests and vineyards, while enjoying spectacular views towards the emerald coast. Hike the challenging footpaths between the captivating villages with your guide and other fellow hikers, and make memories that will stay with you for a lifetime!

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in the Cinque Terre

On the first day of the trip, meet your guides in Riomaggiore, the southernmost village of the Cinque Terre. They will show you to your accommodation for the week — you’ll stay in the same village for the whole week as the villages are close-by and pedestrian friendly. Spend the rest of the day discovering this vibrant village. Its narrow streets often lead to fantastic views out to sea or towards the vineyards. Spend time unwinding and soaking up the local atmosphere, or go for a swim in the sea. Get to know your group better over a nice dinner in a local restaurant. 

Sea view of Riomaggiore village in Cinque Terre, Italy.

Day 2: From Porto Venere to Riomaggiore

Start the day off with a fun boat journey to Porto Venere (or if the father doesn’t cooperate, travel by the train or the bus). Step into Picasso’s Mediterranean Landscape and travel along the gorgeous Ligurian coast (a World Heritage site). Porto Venere is a beautiful and lively village with an impressive fortress overlooking the sea and nearby islands. From here your guide will take you on a walk between the terraced vineyards and olive trees , high up above the village, offering dramatic views of the coastline from above. Walk back to the village of Riomaggiore and get a feeling for what the Cinque Terre is all about.

Portovenere San Pietro Church. Long Exposure. Five lands, Cinque Terre, Liguria Italy Europe.

Day 3: From Riomaggiore to Vernazza

A steep climb though the vineyards and a dense forest will take you up and out of Riomaggiore. One aim of the day will be to visit a lonely menhir on the mountainside. Next stop — Vernazza. Relish the picturesque views of the town’s quaint harbor and stoic Belforte watchtower. Return to Riomaggiore and explore the food scene and nightlife it offers!

Family hiking in trails of Cinque Terre - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The family is looking from the distance at the beautiful city of Vernazza.

Day 4: From Vernazza to Riomaggiore

Today your guide will take you on a wonderful walk with splendid views over Vernazza and its towers before climbing up to the beautiful church of San Bernadino. The panoramas along the way are simply breathtaking. From Volastra,  walk downhill through olive groves to Manarola. From there, continue on the easy and popular lower coastal path, “Via del Amore” to get back to Riomaggiore.

Via Del Amore - famous romantic walkway in Italy's Cinque Terre region of the Italian Riviera.

Day 5: Chapels and churches path

Today the group will take the local train to start walking from the village of Monterosso. After leaving the beautiful beach behind you, the steep climb leads you to the first chapel. This path offers amazing views over Monterosso and Vernazza. The churches you will see are always set in fantastic locations overlooking the hills. This is a beautiful loop with stunning scenery.

Cinque Terre Trail Hiking

Day 6: From Monterosso to Levanto

To end your walking week, your guide will take you to the furthest village in the area, Levanto. Although this is not the prettiest village in the area, its quaint little streets are still charming. The crowd less coastal path will lead you from Monterosso to Levanto and after an hour of walking from Monterosso, you’ll have a panoramic view point within the protected area of the “Punta Mesco” – do not forget your camera! On the path to Levanto, take five minutes to rest and taste the local wine. 

Cinque Terre coastal as viewed area from Mesco Cape. The forest of the National Park is at foreground. Liguria region in Italy.

 

Day 7: Saying goodbye to the memorable scenery

Have breakfast and get ready for your departure. This morning’s walk from the hotel offers you one more opportunity to roam the scenic Tuscan countryside. Soak in the Italian atmosphere one more time and take a few final photos before heading for your flight.

Hiking the Cinque Terre Trails
Reviews

Reviews (1)

Europe Active Walking
Lisa about Europe Active

I recently did the guided tour of the cinque terre. I don’t often provide feedback but this tour was amazing. You can’t go wrong when you have a back drop of the cinque terre but what made the tour was the very knowledgable guide Stefano. His knowledge of the Cinque Terre walks, history and nature was fantastic, he was always willing to answer our questions. It was great having an Italian guide, not only did we learn about the region but also Italian culture in general. The food and accommodation was also very good.

Things to know

Things to know

Covid measures in Cinque Terre, Italy

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in CInque Terre, Italy, please refer to the Italian Ministry of Health website.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

  • An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
  • 7 days of hiking 
  • 6 nights in rooms for two persons with ensuite bathrooms in a 3* hotel
  • Breakfast each day of the trip
  • Picnic lunches (on all of the walking days)
  • 1 dinner in a local restaurant
  • Train transfers (for the walks)
  • Entrance fees for the national park walking itineraries

What’s not included:

  • Transportation to and from Riomaggiore at the beginning and end of the tour
  • Unexpected transfers not planned in the program
  • Boat transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks
  • Visits to particular tourist sites
  • Optional activities and personal expenses
  • Single room supplement — $370 (310€)

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

  • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
  • Duffle bag with items you won’t need during the hike
  • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
  • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
  • Spare clothes for layering
  • Waterproof rain jacket
  • Clothing for evenings in the city
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimsuit — optional
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Camera — optional (but recommended)

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans. You will stay in the same village for the whole week, so you only need to carry a daypack with you for the walks.

How fit do I need to be?

If you are not used to walking in mountainous terrain this walk may be considered more challenging. There are some more difficult sections and short ascents on rough surfaces. Many ascents and descents on the coast are along steps cut into the natural rock face that can become slick when damp. During the hotter months the walk can be more demanding. To fully participate you should be able to walk for up to 5 hours a day. A good level of fitness is required. 

Be prepared to walk. These towns are pedestrian-friendly only. Not only are there virtually no options for assisted transportation, but the towns themselves are hilly, so it’s common to encounter stairs—sometimes a hundred at a time. It is suggested that you undertake regular exercise two to three times a week for three months prior to your departure. Keep in mind, the weather in summer can be very hot and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day. Most days you’ll have a choice of mileage options, so you can decide how active you want to be—it’s always up to you.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

  • For this group adventure, the usual guest to guide ratio is 10:1. It takes a minimum of 8 people for a tour to operate.
  • You will join a group of other people with similar ability levels.
  • The cost is per person and does not decrease as the group grows. 

Hiking in Cinque Terre can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

Min. age requirements:

  • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
  • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Riomaggiore, most people fly into Pisa International Airport. From there, you can rent a car or take a train or shuttle to Riomaggiore which is just over an hour away. 

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the bus stop or a predetermined location. From there, you’ll head to your accommodation.

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