Cycling in the Cinque Terre: where the train used to run
The building of the Cinque Terre stretch was one of the toughest and most expensive challenges during the building of the Italian railway net. The steep coast and the winding coastlines, often accessible only from the sea, were a obstacles for the building of the nevertheless crucial communication route. The Cinque Terre Villages could finally have a direct link with the rest of the world. Only in this stretch were punched 51 tunnels with a total of more than 28 km on 44 total and 23 bridges were buit, for a total length of nearly one kilometer.
Obviously, because of the penalizing topographic conditions of the territory and manufacturing difficulties encountered, the line had been built across a single track; doubling was only concluded in early 1970. The former railway was closed for many years, up until the latest years when the stretch Levanto – Bonassola – Framura has become a wonderful path reserved for cycling in the Cinque Terre and for pedestrians, characterized by short illuminated tunnels and open stretches on the sea, to meet beautiful spots to take a dip in the water. Lately also Monterosso in the Cinque Terre added up to he stretch : about 4 m. of straight asphalt road, the ideal path for a walk or a bicycle ride in sun and shade. The view of the sea from the privileged point of view is absolutely stunning.