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  • The Cinque Terre is a jagged stretch of coastline of the Ligurian

    Riviera located in the Spezia area between Punta Mesco and Punta

    di Montenero: it includes five hamlets once named “lands” that’s

    Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al


    The “National Park of Cinque Terre”, founded in 1999, with its

    3.868 hectares wide surface, is one of Italy's smallest National

    Parks and the most populated at the same time, with about 4.000

    inhabitants distributed in the five villages.

    What makes this territory special in comparison with other natural parks,

    is that here the natural environment has been deeply changed

    by human actions. For centuries the inhabitants of the Cinque Terre

    sectioned the steep slopes of the hills to obtain stripes of land to

    cultivate them. All of those narrow flat portions of land called "ciàn" are

    supported by dry-stone walls. This is the real characterizing feature of

    the Cinque Terre, with an unusual and deeply anthropized landscape: this

    is why this is the Park of Man, a territory that has become a World


    The Park encloses as well a Marine Protected Area including Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Monterosso and a small part

    of Levanto, and The Cetacean Sanctuary that’s a sea protected area characterized by particular environmental

    conditions that made the nourishment and reproduction of cetaceans possible.

    Here the presence of about 1.000 whales has been registered, 30.000 to 40.000 among spotted dolphins, common

    bottlenose dolphins and short-beaked common dolphins.

    In the Marine Protected Area you can also enjoy

    swim path ( a 700mt long sea path near the coastline) or underwater itineraries as the following ones: Corniglia Landslide, The Panettone,

    The Love Trail, Punta Mesco, Pineda shallows, Lobster

    shallows and specific itineraries for people with



    The Castle

    Located in the valley of the Rivus Maior stream, now covered, Riomaggiore is the first town arriving from La

    Spezia. According to the tradition the town dates back to the VIII century when a group of greek fugitives from

    the persecution of Leone III found shelter here.

    Via dell’Amore - Love Trail

    S.Giovanni Battista Montenero Shrine S.Rocco oratory

    The houses painted with typical traditional

    colours, follow the scheme of the twer

    houses and are structured in 3 or 4 plants.

    In Riomaggiore starts The Love trail that

    takes to Manarola, a very suggestive

    pedestrian street with beautiful landscapes.

    Must to see locations:

  • The Bastion «Nostra Signora della Salute» shrine

    Manarola has very old origins. It was founded by the inhabitants of the probably roman settlement of

    «Volastra». Sited on a sharp promontory of dark rock the town is structured around the course, now covered, of

    the Groppo brook and it is characterized by tower houses defending the village. Manarola is the calmest of the

    Cinque terre villages, later discovered by tourists: from here you can enjoy the super panoramic Love trail to

    Riomaggiore. Must to see locations:

    S.LorenzoVia dell’Amore - Love Trail


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    «Nostra Signora delle Grazie» shrine

    The origin of Corniglia dates back to the Roman time and its name derives from «Gens Cornelia», the

    roman family owner of the place. Located on a hundred of meters high steep promontory, close to a hill

    rich in vineyards from which you can admire all the other four towns of Cinque Terre, Corniglia it’s the only

    hamlet that does not face directly the sea. To reach the city centre it’s necessary to climb up the «Lardarina»

    a long stair formed by 377 steps, or down the street from the train station.

    S.Pietro S.Caterina oratory

    From Corniglia you can reach Vernazza walking

    down the road running halway up the hill

    between the top of the mountain and the sea.

    Must to see locations:

  • VERNAZZA This noble and refined

    hamlet founded around the

    year 1000 take name from

    the Roman ancient family

    «Gens Vulnetia»: to them

    belonged the slaves that,

    once liberated, founded

    the town. Vernazza was

    once the most prosperous

    village of Cinque Terre

    and the historical centre

    conserves beautiful

    architectural elements as

    lodges, arcades and portals.

    S. Margherita of Antiochia

    Doria Castle

    Vernazza fortified tower

    S.Francesco convent

    It develops on a rocky spur along the Vernazzola brook, now covered.

    The town presents a big number of side streets connected by steep stairs

    and it is dotted by defensive constructions and tower houses.

    Must to see locations:

  • the old medieval hamlet from the new part of the village, developed

    along the Fegina beach. Old Monterosso is dominated by the ruins of

    the castle and characterized by typical tower-houses crossed

    by the typical «carruggi», narrow medieval streets.

    Must to see locations:

    S. Giovanni Battista

    Cappuccini monks convent

    The castle and the fortified towersThe giant Neptunus

    «Confraternita dei Bianchi» oratory

    MONTEROSSO A MARE Monterosso al Mare

    is the most western

    town of Cinque

    Terre. The village is

    protected by hills

    covered with

    vineyards and olive

    groves and offers

    beautiful beaches,

    steep rugged cliffs

    and crystalline

    waters. The Aurora

    Tower, sited on the

    hill of San

    Cristoforo, divides


    The paths of the Cinque Terre have been the only connection between the villages, and between the villages and the

    hinterland for centuries.

    Today the path network, developing along more than 120 kilometers, allows visitors to admire and enjoy the whole

    territory, through different types of paths.

    The 3 main paths, all well indicated and marked by red and white sign, are the following:

    - Path1 or High Path running down the crest that divides the coastline from Val di Vara valley

    - «Road of shrines» running halfway up the hill, linking the main worhship buildings

    - Path 2 better know as Blue Path, linking all the 5 villages: the famous and suggestive «Love Trail» «Via dell’amore»,

    perched right over the sea, is part of this path.



    Is the most important and it is constantly curated and improved, so

    the passage is paid.

    The path starts from Riomaggiore to reach Monterosso crossing

    Manarola, Corniglia and Vernazza and is about 12 km long.

    - The first stretch, between Riomaggiore and Manarola, is even

    better known as the “Love trail”. It is the shortest one (about 1 km)

    and is undoubtedly the easiest one (duration about 30 min).

    - The second stretch, between Manarola and Corniglia, is 2.8 km

    long and takes about 1 hour to walk.

    - The third stretch, between Corniglia and Vernazza, is 3.5 km long

    and it takes almost 2 hours.

    - The fourth stretch, between Vernazza and Monterosso, is the

    longest and most demanding.

    It is 3.8 km long and requires no less than 2 hours.

    Is a beautiful, family-friendly pathway that allows you to

    enjoy, with some effort, all the magnificent beauty of our

    Cinque Terre.

    It consists of reaching the overlying Sanctuary of

    Montenero and returning to the country through a

    different path.

    To do this, there is a shorter, but very demanding, journey

    and one longer and, of course, less tiring.



     Itinerary of the terraced vineyards Riomaggiore - Manarola - Groppo - Volastra - Case Pianca - Corniglia

    Departure: Riomaggiore Arrival: Corniglia Lenght: 7,82 km Duration: 3 hours 15 min. Return Time: 3 hours 15 min.

     Itinerary of the Ancient settlements Riomaggiore - Lemmen - Monesteroli - Campiglia - Fossola

    Lunghezza: 11,2 km Duration: 3 hours 45 min. Return time: 3 hours 45 min.

     Nature Itinerary

    Departure: Monterosso Arrival: Monterosso Lenght: 11,4 km

    Duration: 3 hours 45 min. Return time: 3 hours 45 min.

     Itinerary of the Shrines and Churches

    Departure: Monterosso Arrival: Riomaggiore Lenght: 27,2 km Duration: 5 hours 45 min. Return time: 5 hours 45 min.


    Is an ancient mule track, perhaps

    dating back to Roman times,

    which runs along the watershed

    that separates the coast from the

    hinterland. The full path, most of

    which is in the Cinque Terre,

    starts from Levanto to the west

    and ends at Porto Venere, east,

    developing for more than 40 km

    and touching 800 meters with a total altitude of about 1300 meters. Crossed by many side paths that go down

    to the sea, and to the capital and Val di Vara, the High Path is very linear and clean, fairly demanding, but

    accessible to all. Drive all the way requires at least 10 hours, but it is advisable to split it in several