Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza

Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza

Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
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  • vicenglish1
    Sydney, Australia339 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Box ticked
    Been planning this since 2019 well before covid. Finally got here. The walk is great but not for the faint hearted. There is a lot of steps uneven ground and few hand rails. Very narrow with no passing persons available. Too many over dressed silly women trying to get their instagram photos. Aside from that this was during the heatwave. When we arrived in Vernazza it was over crowded and claustrophobic. Monterosso is lovely and laid back by comparison.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Leslie S
    8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous but challenging hike. Glad we did it.
    The views were breathtaking. The trail was tougher than expected. We hike regularly and were told it was a moderate hike. The trail was challenging. If you’re not in moderately good condition do not take this hike the steps will leave you in pain for days and if you have rain the rocks are very slick. if you are up to a challenge and have time this is a well maintained gorgeous trail. We took it in October I do not think it would be fun in the middle of summer with the heat
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 16, 2023
  • Norm the Nomad
    Australia1,227 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic - but a reasonably hard walk.
    Today we did some serious walking between 2 of the Cinque Terre villages, covering some pretty challenging mountain trails. After a hearty breakfast, we set off walking from Monterosso to Vernazza. About 2 hours in duration, through some very steep and rocky terrain. It was hard going but was well rewarded when we eventually turned that final bend to see the village ahead, nestled by the coast. And adding to the moment …. we were greeted by some random chap on the trail playing an accordion (an Italian busker?). Vernazza is a sea side, fishing village, with colourful houses, narrow lane ways and church all clustered around the harbour. Very pretty. The church was again different - this one having a medieval feel. Quite ‘raw’ in some ways.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 6, 2023
  • Philip C
    York, Maine574 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of people - but great views
    After much research, we determined that this was the best segment to walk, reasonably challenging with great views, and an opportunity to take the water taxi back down the coast. We are hiking junkies and are not used to crowded trails with folks who have no trail etiquette. Can't say we can even recommend Cinque Terre - too many other choices of hill towns and awesome trails.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 29, 2024
  • kta99
    Spokane, Washington280 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views!
    Outstanding views. Path will get strenuous in places so out of shape people beware. Bring plenty of water and wear good walking/hiking shoes. It got busy on the trail so go earlier in the day as it will be cooler. Vernazza was a great town…lots of choices for food. You catch the train back to your village at a cost of 10eu one way. If staying multiple days and doing lots of hiking, check out the Cinque Terrace card for transportation. We hiked with 3 kids..12, 10, 7…..who did amazingly well. The gelato in Vernazza made it worth it.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 12, 2024
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texascamps
Denver, CO43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We started at the train station. We followed a trail by the Capuchin Convent and took the stairs to the cemetery at the top. We stopped at the overlook, as well. This is way before you actually get on the Vernazza trail where you pay.

Follow signs that say Vernazza until you get to a little hut where you can pay your fee. I recommend you go ahead and pay for the train, even if you feel you will walk all 5 towns. You won't.

The trail is an uphill climb for forever and when you think it will even out, it doesn't. It never evens out. There are shaded areas but it would be harder in the summer.

The trail itself is very safe and they built excellent guard rails along the steep edges. There are no bathrooms anywhere on the trail so go while you are in the train station.

We are seasoned hikers at high altitudes and brought strong teenagers, but everyone was exhausted and starving once we got to Vernazza. The plan was to hike all 5 cities but we realized that would be impossible. I think a lot of these Instagram models and "Tour Italy" talking heads are liars, that come to the trailheads and take a few pics and then leave.

Older people (45 plus), people with bad knees or ankles, young children or people who only work out on a treadmill at the gym will not be able to do this hike or, they will suffer as they pretend they are enjoying it. If you are coming from the US and want to do Cinque Terre plan more than one day to complete all 5 cities and begin doing serious stair climbing beforehand. We didn't meet anyone on the trail that actually thought you could do all 5 in one day. They were all doing one town to one town per day and couldn't believe we thought we could do all 5. Also, it was agreed that the Monterosso to Vernazza was the easiest section of all 5.

Still, Monterosso is a lovely town and worth walking around. The convent is worth climbing, as well, eat breakfast, then take the train to Vernazza.
Written May 12, 2022
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Ryan S
Cardiff, UK604 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
€7.20 to walk on a path way for an hour is a goddamn ripoff. You shouldn’t need to pay to walk on a pathway and €7.20 is a bit extreme €2 is enough and it doesn't warn you anywhere on the internet or tourist information its just disgusting and disappointing. I was looking forward to a good hike that day and i ended up just going in the sea and just walking around monterosso and there was not much to do in monterosso.
Written September 7, 2020
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David
Lille, France1,830 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Solo
The footpath takes you between two of the Cinque Terre. You must pay 7.50 euro cut this gives you access to all the other fee-entry components of the national park.

Some good photo opportunities along the route.

An abundance of steps in places, but nothing insurmountable even if you don't have a high level of fitness.

Written August 15, 2020
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Steve_Grant1
Oldham, UK1,723 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This is a great trail. We did it the "hard way" apparently from Monterosso to Vernazza. It was warm in late May so make sure you have enough water with you. The climb initially is hard with many steps so do stop when you feel you need to. Great views along the way,
Written May 30, 2022
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SJT22222
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
The footpath is narrow and steep in parts. We walked the path in October and it was busy. We had to stop to let people pass but also we’re stuck behind slow walkers at times. I enjoyed the walk but it must be crazy in peak season. You have to pay to use the path which is no better than other coastal paths I’ve walked but don’t mind the fee if it means they maintain the path and when we visited sections further along the coast were closed due to landslides so I can understand the need to charge..
Written October 19, 2022
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LoBommer
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK1,751 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We set off about 7.30am, nice weather, it is a steep climb at the start up through the terraced vineyards. Once you get to the top it levels off a bit but there are still a few ups and downs before the nice downhill section into Vernazza.
I measured the route at 2.37 miles (3.8kms) and it took us 2 hours.
Best tip, you dont have to pay if you set off before the pay kiosk opens at 9.00am, I think.
Written November 30, 2020
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Sarah L
London, UK3,318 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We didn't know when we hiked this path that it was known as the toughest hike in Cinque Terre. You leave the ambience of the beach in Monterosso to travel uphill for the best part of 2 hours. Just when you think it can't get any steeper or narrower, it does. It is often crowded too so just try and take your time with it and sit on a rock when you need to. You will be rewarded with the best views of Vernazza when you descend into the village- tough but well worth it!
Written April 21, 2023
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drmader
Orinda, CA2,921 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Vernazza to Monterossa was the way we were advised for less stairs up and to end at beach . We caught first ferry from Porto venere and rode to monterossa catching the one heading south to get to vernazza by 9:30
In the morning. We purchased trail and train ticket at the kiosk in vernazza..36€ for 2 . It took us 90 min to get to the beach..we weren’t racing..we took
Photos, water breaks and let people pass us. It got pretty crowded the closer we got to monterossa..and it’s single file down hill w some serious drop
Offs in spots .. of course the up hill
Is large stairs /slippery in spots so you are winded.. but it’s more the mass of aggressive people at time who won’t. Yield
When there isn’t a hand tail.. scary more than difficult at those
Spots .. but not terrible.. most people were lovely as they said bonjour or buongiorno or good morning ..views incredible, hillside wine rows, turquoise water, shady spots, blooming flowers.. breathtaking and incredible. Like hiking narrows at Zion or bridal veil falls in Yosemite or bindi beach coastal trial in Sydney.. you must try if you are traveling to a national park. We lounged at beach..25€ for umbrella and chairs for the day w showers changing room and bathrooms..bar close..water clear clean and refreshing. Took train to 2 other towns..walked one more and ferry in afternoon back to PV. We decided a stroll and beverage In each town would make for a fun day without overdoing the knees :) we loved it ..and could see coming again especially to monterossa da mare.. all the towns were charming..but we liked this one so much .
Written May 14, 2022
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guana007
Miami, FL156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
When we went there it was closed due to to weather, that was "inclement" for Italian standards, but for Miami standards was cloddy at best, so the hiking trails were "closed". Meaning you can go but they will not charge entrance (Euro7.5)
So i did it in 1 hours very easy, use hiking shoes a lot of rocks.
I enjoyed a lot beautiful views upon approaching Vernazza.
Written November 6, 2021
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Norm the Nomad
Australia1,227 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Today we did some serious walking between 2 of the Cinque Terre villages, covering some pretty challenging mountain trails. After a hearty breakfast, we set off walking from Monterosso to Vernazza. About 2 hours in duration, through some very steep and rocky terrain. It was hard going but was well rewarded when we eventually turned that final bend to see the village ahead, nestled by the coast. And adding to the moment …. we were greeted by some random chap on the trail playing an accordion (an Italian busker?).
Vernazza is a sea side, fishing village, with colourful houses, narrow lane ways and church all clustered around the harbour. Very pretty. The church was again different - this one having a medieval feel. Quite ‘raw’ in some ways.
Written November 6, 2023
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