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Reviewed June 14, 2014

We were there in May 2014.

We used the blue trail from Monterosso to Vernazza.

This trail is about 3km long and it will take you about 2 hours to reach Vernazza. The view is magnificent all the way but be aware that you will have to climb some steep steps and the walk requires some efforts, but it is definitely worth it.

In fact, you have to climb all the way up the hill that separates Monterosso from Vernazza, but when you reach the point where you can see Vernazza, you will have the best view of the day!

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Reviewed June 13, 2014

Even though some of the seaside trails are closed, the views and convenience of the open ones are amazing for casual walkers. Catch the train to any of the villages and explore or walk between them. I stayed in La Spezia which was a cheaper option but very convenient to the villages by train. Also caught the local bus to Porto Venere from La Spezia which was a lovely seaside town to explore. Don't expect to do it all the villages in a day, take a couple of days to visit and relax. The train platforms can get very crowded in the afternoon with many tourists going home. You have to pay to use the trail between Monterosso and Vernazza but it is well worth it. There is also a steep climb out of Monterosso. Take water and sunscreen and wear decent shoes as it can be rocky and muddy in places.

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Reviewed June 13, 2014

We started off from Monterosso at 9:30. We would really suggest going in the Monterosso-Riomaggiore direction as most of the trail sections were downhill (and therefore much easier, especially for novice hikers like myself). If you decide to stop along the way to explore each of the villages like me, you'll need to start much, much earlier (and to avoid the scorching afternoon sun).

The Sentiero Azzuro (#2) is the coastal trail which runs from Monterosso all the way to Riomaggiore. However, most of the trails are closed. You'd have to pay an admission fee to enter the trail, as compared to the alternate trails which are free.

The view along Monterosso-Vernazza is just alright despite rave reviews about it. The entire Vernazza village can be seen in a clearing along the trail; you won't miss it. This is the view which appears in most Cinque Terre postcards.

When we reached the checkpoint for the Vernazza-Monterosso trail, it was technically closed but the trail was strangely wide open and so we went ahead (as did other hikers). About halfway along the trail, be sure to look out for the sign that points to the elusive nudist beach of Guvano if you want a short dip in the ocean. However, it's best to leave it for another day as the beach can be easily accessed via an abandoned railway tunnel within a short walk from the Corniglia train station (ask for directions!).

The Corniglia-Manarola coastal trail is closed till next year (there is a huge metal gate preventing access). Instead, walk the alternate Corniglia-Volastra-Manarola trail. The Corniglia-Volastra section was steep and therefore consisted of mainly steps (which were badly maintained as well). I have to admit that it left me out of breath. However, the highlight was the Volastra-Manarola section. It was just magnificent. We were literally standing on the steep edge of a high mountain overlooking the sea, with endless vineyard terraces all around. So beautiful! As you carry on round the mountain, you'll see a sign that points to two different routes to Manarola. One takes you round the valley, while the "Panaromic Manarola" trail does as advertised - the view of Manarola at this altitude was breathtaking. The directions were painted on rocks along the trail so watch out for them. When you go round a rusty abandoned billboard, the whole of Manarola becomes visible. As you continue, a set of unassuming steps will take you to the centre of the village. What an adventure!

We did not do the final Manarola-Riomaggiore section as we did not want to risk getting stuck on the trail when the sun sets (we were literally on the trails for the whole day). All in all, Cinque Terre is all about hiking so go all the way! If you have the time, do go for the other lesser-travelled trails as well. Don't forget a decent camera to capture the beautiful scenery.

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Reviewed June 12, 2014

We first came to Cinque Terre about 5 years ago and hiked the trails between the towns. We truly enjoyed the experience and then started coming back every year. The second trip we branched out to, and now prefer, the higher trails such as Monterosso al Mare to Levanto, Riomaggiore to Portovenere, and up to Volastra and Manorola. Most of these take 3-4 hours and, once past the initial "up" portion, are delightful walks with great views and little traffic. At the end, we descend into town, have lunch and a glass of wine to reward ourselves. Our favorite is Monterosso to Levanto, but Riomaggiore to Portovenere is a close second. From Levanto take the train back and from Portovenere, either the ferry to the Cinque Terre towns or the ferry or bus to La Spezia and train back, all very convenient. Also, there are no fees for hiking the higher trails.

2  Thank David M
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Reviewed June 11, 2014

Recently travelled to Italy and stayed at Saint Margherita - beautiful spot, and caught local trains to board a boat cruise to see the Cinque Terre attractions. Unfortunately I was attacked and robbed on the station by an organised group of teenage girls who frequent the area. Fortunately I was very aware of what was happening and able to retrieve my goods before the girls escaped. All my important documents were safely hidden under clothing. On reporting to station officials and police I was informed that this happens all the time and police take no action. We met at least ten others who had been robbed and lost passports, credit cards and all cash. Be very aware of security - unfortunately it spoils an otherwise beautiful destination.

5  Thank Jean I
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