Hiking in Cinque Terre


The Cinque Terre consists of five well-know fishing villages perched over the sea in the region of Liguria, Italy, and coastal area also known as the Italian Riviera. They have been incorporated into the smallest Italian National Park called Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre, for which you will pay an entrance.

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As the villages have little or no parking, it’s best to reach the Cinque Terre by train. You’ll likely change trains in La Spezia if you’re coming from other destinations in Tuscany. More on La Spezia below.

The wide Red Path shown in the map is known as the Cinque Terre’s High Path or C.A.I. n°1 path. It begins in Portovenere and ends in Levanto, following the spine of the coastal range. There is an 800 meter elevation gain (and loss!). You probably shouldn’t try to do the whole walk in one day; it’s 40 km long and recommended for experienced walkers. The views are superb.


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