Hiking in the Cinque Terre attracts thousands of tourists each year: trekking on the old routes used for cultivating or joining the ancient villages of the Cinque Terre, surrounded by vineyards and olive trees, are loved all over the world for the variety of scenery and untouched nature.
The Cinque Terre villages, connected with an intricate network of paths and trails, are a natural invitation to trek between the heights and the coast or stay at high altitudes to cross vineyards and olive groves. Hiking in the Cinque Terre is on the ancient mule tracks marked by dry walls that have passed the centuries and still characterize the landscape of the Cinque Terre Park. For those who love trekking in the Cinque Terre, there are so many opportunities to have fun outdoor facing different paths, all of them with a beautiful view of the sea.
Tracks have very different levels of difficulty and length: while some of them are just a cozy half an hour walk, others can be very long and challenging. Before leaving for any hiking in the Cinque Terre, it is essential to know about the degree of difficulty and the way they travel. Many have unfortunately been interrupted by landslides and closed for safety reasons: one of them is the famous Via dell’Amore, a beautiful panoramic route partially excavated in the mountain rocks that separates the nearby villages of Riomaggiore and Manarola, and unfortunately for many years closed to the passage due to a landslide that seriously compromised safety. There is also a fee for some of the Park’s trails.
The best way to get informed and to look forward to the viability and feasibility of hiking trails in the Cinque Terre is to purchase the Cinque Terre Card, which, besides allowing you to travel to the Cinque Terre with a single train ticket, offers various natural and cultural guided tours.