Trail 531 Riomaggiore to Manarola

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Trail 531 Riomaggiore to Manarola

Trail 531 Riomaggiore to Manarola
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jorisjojo
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia11 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
The trail is opened as of 4th September 2020 (closed on August according to some previous comment) It is short but steep up and down. It is not for beginner level and not suitable for families with young children / older people. It has some nice view on both villages. The part near manarola is steeper, I think it's easier to start this way (and have the steeper / harder end on the way up)
Written September 3, 2020
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JDZatSF
San Francisco, CA833 contributions
Jul 2021
We hiked this trail the other direction, from Manarola to Riomaggiore. It's beautiful and fun, but also difficult at times and tiring.

It's not for the very young or very old, nor for those with any ambulatory disabilities.

Ah, but the views are so wonderful and it feels soooo good.
Written July 22, 2021
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Elio M
Modena, Italy308 contributions
Jan 2022
I hiked from Manarola to Riomaggiore and back. It's been a very breathless experience. Notice that the trail is quite dangerous because very rough and strong sloped, for this it's required the right shoes on ramp it up safely. The most dangerous side is the Manarola's one.
Written January 17, 2022
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MarcSantaCruz
Santa Cruz, CA238 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
Trail 531 begins up above the town, not down at the train station (via dell'amore) which is closed. To get to trail 531, walk up the street from the train station. It will curve around a few times then come to a fork. Take the left fork, which reverses direction to go inland. The other fork goes out around the point in the ocean and eventually to a beach.

You will spend about 60 - 90 minutes from Riomaggiore to Manarola.

After a short walk up, you will find a stair leading to the left and I believe it is marked with trail 531 and has the distinctive red + white stripe marking the train. From here, its a gentle walk around to the north side of town. Then it turns in to the straight up vertical stair that others have mentioned.

It is a long long hike up. And a long hike down. It is very steep, with many of the steps taller than they are deep. Some stretches have no hand rails and no near-by rock walls to hold on to, so its just you and your balance.

You really want good shoes, no flip flops or open sandals. I would also recommend hiking poles if you are not good with your balance or want to save your knees and feet when descending. Going down will cause a lot of knee and ankle impact if you are not used to it.

There are no toilets, so relieve yourself while in town.

When you get to Manarola, turn right to head to the trail to Corniglia. There will be a public water fountain just south of the church. To continue to Corniglia, you have two choices: (a) panoramic trail 6 or (b) "valley" trail to 6.

For the panoramic, walk about 200' north of the church down the wide street and you'll see a well maintained trail entrance to the right. Take that. (if you look at the signs it will show an "X" over the panoramic trail, but that's old and it is usable). The panoramic is another grueling stair climb up rough dirt paths.

For the "valley" option, continue up the street past the water fountain, though the car parking lot. I didn't take this route, but it looks like you walk along the road for a while (still a climb) and join up with the panoramic trail after the difficult dirt and steep step part.

Manarola and Volestra are connected by a bus too, so you could skip all the hard work and take the bus, then the walkfrom Volestra to Corniglia is pretty flat or downhill, very little uphill.
Written June 1, 2015
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Mike G
Joondalup, Australia226 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
My wife and I were in Manarola and decided we would do one of the walks. we started early with an intention to train to Monterosso and walk from there. Discovered there was a train strike. Went to the information centre and the suggestion was: "Why not take the 531 trail to Riomaggiore." Ok we thought, we are both in good shape and enjoy a walk. No hint about difficulty rating from the nice lady at the information centre.
We were told 60 to 80 minutes. We did it in 55. Basically it is straight up and over a steep peak, then down the other side.
Some of the steps are pretty tall, so walking poles (my wife had a set, but not me) are very helpful and recommended.
Going up was hard from Manarola, but going down into Riomaggiore was also difficult due to the uneven and not well maintained track and steps. It is easy to follow, but if you are not fit or have dodgy knees, don't try this trail. it is not for the faint hearted.
Very scenic and a great sense of achievement to complete it. we then went by boat to Monterosso with a plan to boat back to Manarola later. While on the trail we both said: "Great experience, but we wont be walking back the other way. famous last words. Due to rough weather (big seas) boats to Manarola were cancelled. No trains, so boat back to Riomaggiore, and you guesse it, we walked back to Manarola. And yes I know there should be an easier walk between the two towns but the lovers walk has been closed for some time and still is.
The walk from Riomaggiore to Manarola is no easier than the other way, it took us about the same time both ways, although coming back was at a hotter time and after a full days activity.

If you are up to it, do it, if you have doubts, don't try it. Wear hiking shoes ( we were wearing runners which did the job, but hiking shoes would be better.) and either shorts that end above the knee or loose longer shorts/pants as you need to be able to raise your knees very high on some steps.
Written July 13, 2014
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ShortStack12
Hope, NJ415 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
The coastal trail between these two towns is impassable because of landslides. Italy should stop advertising that trail. Trail 531 is the next higher route between these two towns; it is an ancient trail that has been severely damaged by hordes of hikers. It is closed to protect it. No one should even think about taking Trail 531. The next alternative between these two towns is even higher up and involves taking a group of trails - it is not a simple route. We had to ask for directions a couple of times.
Written December 17, 2018
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denizozsan
Ankara, Turkey60 contributions
Jan 2018 • Friends
If you are close to Cinque Terre, like if you are staying in Pisa, you should see Riomaggiore. While visiting Riomaggiore, you should take a walk to Manarola. You will hike near the mountain, above the sea. The view is amazing.
Written May 28, 2018
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Anik L
Montreal, Canada654 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
There is a lot of trail to hike in the Cinque-Terre area. There is two popular trail in Riomaggiore; a coastal walk to Manarola (trail 2a / Via dell'Amore / difficulty: easy) and Trail 531(Riomaggiore to Manarola / Beccara / difficulty: intermediate) going straight up the mountain.
The coastal path (2a/ dell'Amore) is closed for a landslide since 2012. And recently (24th of July 2017) the 531 trail too for safety concern with no reopening date.
So this is my review of the 531 trail just before it was closed (I went on May 2017).

The trail starts close to the train station and then take the road until you see some stone steps. You can follow the signs for route 531 (red and white stripes). You'll start climbing up almost right away. You'll climb between 600 and 700 tall, narrow and irregular steps to reach the top of the hill. That's the 531 trail: Entirely uphill and downhill with no resting plateau, steep both ways. Most of the time without handrail.
Going up was hard but going down into Manarola was also difficult due to the uneven and not well maintained path and steps. This is demanding, especially if it's hot. But you will walk among terraced vineyards and the view from the top is incredible and worth every drop of sweat.
You'll need decent footwear (this is not the place for sandals!), hat, sunscreen, maybe walking stick for some, and a decent amount of water (there's none on the route and you will need it, believe me!). You'll need to be able to raise your knees very high on some steps so wear the appropriate clothing for this like short. Oh, and don't forget your camera, because you'll have many beautiful photos opportunities!
Written October 4, 2017
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Worldtravelor09
Rockville, MD81 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
Because of the closure of the Via Dell A'Amore from Riomaggiore to Manarola, this trail has been used as an alternative. It is a strenuous hike, and the trail is rapidly deteriorating because of excessive tourism. The authorities should close this trail as it is dangerous and to preserve this ancient trail. We met a farmer who was taking care of his vineyards, and he was so upset that the tourists are ruining this trail that has existed for generations, the rocks are falling, the walls are crumbling, in certain places the drops are very steep, and if you are not careful, can cause a rock slide further deteriorating the trail. Take the train, the ferry, and hike the other trails. Had we known, we would never have taken this hike.
Written April 2, 2016
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arcodon
Willows, CA119 contributions
Apr 2014 • Family
My wife, sister, and I, had planned to walk the "way of love" but didn't see it as we ambled up the main street. Near the end was an information center, where we were told the the trail was closed, but that there was another way over the mountain. She said we shouldn't try it, as it wasn't maintained and was very steep. Feeling challenged, we set off down the hill and found trail 531.
My wife, who is terrified of heights, didn't want to spoil the day, and agreed to give it a go. Within minutes, she suffered a panic attack and remained frozen on the hillside, unable to move up or down. Eventually, she recovered her wits, and we made it to Manarola. Although very challenging, the hike provided gorgeous vistas, and ended with a great feeling of accomplishment. I must say it was the first time my wife of 52 years has successfully faced down her phobia, and I have never been more proud of her for doing so.
All in all, a great day in the Cinque Terra!!
Written July 6, 2014
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