Walk from palm-fringed Levanto to the promontory village of Portovenere • One of the finest coastal paths in Europe • Picturesque fishing villages linked by an ancient network of footpaths… and by train and boat! • Optional excursions into the hills behind the villages, with spectacular views and inspiring walking • Excellent seafood and renowned wines from the terraced vineyards of the coast
Extend your stay in Genoa or Pisa.
PLEASE NOTE - there is a small charge, payable locally, to walk some of the paths in the Cinque Terre.
The coastal path follows the contours of the coast and is punctuated
by flights of ancient steps. Once you are on the ridge (2,000 ft) you
can walk on fairly level terrain. The paths are mostly ancient but well
preserved, though sometimes narrow and rough in places. Certain short
sections of the route not suitable for vertigo sufferers-alternative paths
When to go
Start any day from 01 Apr to 25 Jul and also from 01 Sep to 24 Oct
** Levanto: medieval walls, loggia and 13C castle on a promontory contrast with the once grand and fashionable 19C and early 20C resort. Neo-classical buildings and palm trees are set beside narrow medieval alleys and buildings with their origins in the 8C, with a wide beach which offers excellent swimming.
* Monterosso: the first of the Cinque Terre villages.The old part comprises the castle, Capuchin convent and Medieval village. The new village is built along the extensive beach and promenade.
** Vernazza: the former Roman port of 'Vulnetia'. Above the village is the pilgrim church of Madonna di Reggio.
** Manarola: set on a massive buttress of rock, the town is of Roman origin and has the remains of a castle and also a church built in 1338 with a fine rose window.
** Riomaggiore: another spectacular village with a long history, castle and church, and attractive harbour.
* Sanctuary church of Montenero: founded in 790 containing a miraculous picture in Byzantine style depicting the Virgin on a cloud, with 11 disciples.
** Portovenere: of Roman/Byzantine origin, though the present village is predominantly medieval with a massive fortress and fortified houses along the port. The promontory is now surmounted by a Gothic church to San Pietro.
* Corniglia: Unique village of Roman origin, set high above the coast on a steep promomtory inaccessible from the sea.
Flights & Transport
Recommended Destination Airports: Genoa Pisa
There are international flights to Pisa and Genoa and then trains to the Cinque Terre. Frequent trains depart from Pisa and Genoa to Levanto until approx. 2100.
The towns are connected by local trains which run frequently, except for Portovenere where you can take a bus to La Spezia to connect with the trains back to Genoa, Pisa, Milan or Rome.
No. of nights with half board (dinner included): 0
Shortest / Longest days walk: 2 / 5 hrs