Cinque Terre walking

Following an extraordinary trail, this continuous walk (no trains) takes you the length of the Cinque Terre National Park along Italy’s most spectacular coastline, starting in Levanto and arriving in Portovenere 6 days later, with plenty of time to explore the charming villages you stay in each day.

This continous walking tour of the Cinque Terre follows stone paths that have linked the villages for centuries, starting in Levanto at the eastern end of the National Park and finishing in glorious Portovenere at the western end of the park. They twist and wind along the rugged coast passing through pine forests and terraced vineyards, with breath-taking views out over the Mediterranean, including the less walked routes from Riomaggiore to Portovenere and around the little island off Portovenere.  You'll be dropped off at La Spezia railway station (on the Rome/Genoa line) at the end of the walk.

vernazza strip

The highlights of this tour include the extraordinary views on all the trails; the lanes of old Levanto;  swimming at the beach in Monterosso; coming down a stone path for your first sight of Vernazza; dinner al fresco on the top of a tower overlooking the port in Vernazza; walking through the vineyards above Corniglia; a crisp glass of local Cinque Terre white wine in Riomaggiore; coming down above the cliffs into Portovenere; a moonlight walk to San Pietro at the tip of Portovenere; dinner on the terrace of your hotel overlooking the Gulf of La Spezia; the boat ride across the gulf for your last walk.

The walk

The walk

This is a Grade 2 Walk (click here for details).  This continuous walk follows good paths which are straight forward to follow and there are some steep climbs up from the villages up to the trail. The walks are from 10 to 14 kms and can be comfortably done in half a day, which leaves you plenty of time to explore the little villages you'll be staying in.

As you may be aware, the trails on the Cinque Terre have become prone to landslips in recent times and sections of the trail may be closed without notice.  At the time of writing, all the paths on the Seniero Azzurro (the trail we use on this itinerary) are open except between Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore (last section of Day 3).  Please note that we have included an alternative high trail between Corniglia and Manarola via Volastra, just in case (although a bit more challenging I personally find this a more interesting walk than the standard one anyway).

The accommodation

The accommodation

Hidden Italy uses the best accommodation available.  On the Cinque Terre this means very comfortable, centrally located, family-run hotels. All rooms have en suite bathrooms and air-conditioning.

The food

The food

Ligurians like to use their own trusted products which come from the 350 kilometres of coastline with it rough, mountainous hinterland or is fished out of ther own waters.  It is an austere but delicous style of cooking that has produced such specialities as pesto sauce and foccaccia.  Even the wines, grown with great effort on the steep, rocky terraces seems to have been invented in Liguria, and suits the local food perfectly.

Generous breakfasts are included each day (you'll need them for your walks).  With notice, the hotels wil be able to prepare a cut lunch for the walk.  Dinners are not included in the standard tour, however, if you select the 'Dinners option' (which we recommend) this will include 3 course meals alla carte (ie free choice) in some of the coast's finest restaurants.  The dinner option also means you'll have a guaranteed booking each night.

Portofino/Santa Margherita option

Portofino/Santa Margherita option

Covering a promontory that juts out into the Mediterranean, the Portofino National Park is one of the prettiest in the region and is covered a network of well marked walking trails.  Based in the bussling seaside town of Santa Margherita Ligure, this option allows you to explore the picturesque park including the glamorous village of Portofino. We suggest you do this option prior to the start of the Cinque Terre walk.

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This 7 day / 6 night walking tour can be personalised to meet your interests and travel dates.

  • Cost

    $1,730

    per person
  • Six nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Reading lists and historical and cultural notes
  • Maps and detailed walking instructions
  • Daily transfers of baggage between hotels
  • Drop-off at the end of the tour from Portovenere to La Spezia station (on the Rome/Genoa line)
  • The Santa Margherita/Portofino option includes 3 nights in a 4-star hotel, sea views
  • 24 hour backup from local manager

Cost Options

$1730 b&b or $2080 with dinners included

Portofino / Santa Margherita Option : $950 with meals or $850 b&b per person (see itinerary for details).  We suggest you do this option prior to the start of the Cinque Terre walk.

Single supplement: $650

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Testimonials

The Cinque Terre walk was all that we had been told and even better!! We thoroughly enjoyed very moment and your arrangements and guidance were first class. It finished off a remarkable holiday perfectly.

– Carol W, Cinque Terre walk

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