The walks are along well marked footpaths and mule tracks. It can be tiring walking along the stone steps of diverse sizes. Take the local train to get to and from the walks. The park wardens try to keep all of the paths open throughout the year, however heavy rains and summer fires can cause temporary closure of certain stretches, so be sure to check with the park office.
Settle in briefly at your hotel, then step outdoors and breathe in the incredibly fresh, crisp air and aroma of the Mediterranean Sea. Snap a pic of historic Monterosso in the evening light in and let your senses come alive with the prospect of a phenomenal week of walking ahead.
Start by heading inland past the ‘Chiesa dei Cappucini’ to reach Colla di Gritta. Trek along a graceful mountain ridge through lush forested sections, passing summit after summit: Monte Molinelli, Monte Rossini, Montenegro and Colla dei Bagari to reach Punta Mesco. Circle back to Monterosso walking downhill on a series of captivating old stone footpaths.
Challenge: 4.5 hours, 9 km, 690m ascent, 695m descent
Today you have a pair of itineraries to choose from, both of which offer gorgeous ‘typically Cinque Terre’ views. Collect your Cinque Terre Card at reception or walk over to the Park Information Office at Monterosso train station to get one.
Walk A: Transfer to Soviore and walk back to Monterosso via Vernazza (10 km)
To avoid a very steep start, get a taxi from Monterosso to Soviore Monastery. Or jump right in and hike up the ancient cobbled path to get there. Stop to visit the sanctuary then do a short stretch on tarmac to pick up the panoramic path to Madonna di Reggio. Continue downhill on the cobbled section to Vernazza then meet the coast path leading back into Monterosso.
Walk B: Corniglia-Volastra-Riomaggiore-Manarola (11 km)
Get the train from Monterosso to Corniglia to walk up the path toward Volastra and Riomaggiore. Option of taking the train back from Riomaggiore or hiking the famous ‘Via dell’Amore’ to reach Manarola, and getting the train from there.
Walk C: Monterosso-Vernazza-Corniglia (7 km)
Hike the busy costal trail that connects all five Cinque Terre villages and contours the coastline going up and down, up and down. Pleasant straightforward walking on an easy route, with the occasional challenging section on stone steps. Caution: a maximum of one thousand photos allowed today! At the end catch a train back to Monterosso.
Challenge: 4/4/3 hours, 10/10/7 km, 645/470/480m ascent, 1095/450/405m descent
Romantic writers Byron and Shelly tapped into direct inspiration on their visit to the Cinque Terre. You will feel inspired too by the spectacular views and painfully picturesque coastline. From Riomaggiore you trek into mixed deciduous forests on path toward invigorating panoramas of the Gulf of La Spezia, which sports an perfectly fitting nickname: the ‘Bay of Poets’. The descent to Portovenere takes footpaths too, and you’ll want to watch your step on occasional steep sections.
Challenge: 4/5 hours, 13/17 km, 725m ascent, 775m descent
Today you hike one of the area’s most popular routes to reach the idyllic painters’ paradise of Levanto, smack dab in a lush valley in unspoilt surroundings. Check Sant’ Andrea chapel off your list and snap a few shots of the Levante Ligure as you gaze out over crystal-clear waters and drink in the true essence of Liguria. This evening you can drink in the wine as well, as you toast to the Cinque Terre in Bonassola's warm evening air.
Challenge: 4 hours, 10 km, 770m ascent, 775m descent
Walk the hills of the East Riviera and get to know Bonassola, Framura and Deiva Marina on an extremely scenic route. Swoon to clusters of colourful buildings, tiny ports full of local boats, smooth sands and rugged rock. And keep taking pictures as the water changes from cobalt to emerald to turquoise and back again. Once you’ve managed to take in this kaleidoscope of hues, jump on the train to Monterosso.
Challenge: 5 hours, 12.5 km, 655m ascent, 645m descent
Your self-guided walking holiday comes to an end after breakfast today. Depart Bonassola by train for an easy journey to the airport in Pisa, Genoa, Florence or Milan.
All accomodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.
We choose comfortable *** hotels where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom.
You can find below the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked.
You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.
Hotel Marina*** lies in a quiet area, 100 meters from the sea. Rooms are beautifully decorated, spacious and well finished with free Wifi, air-conditioning/heated, TV, telephone. Breakfast is very good and various and the staff is welcoming and helpful.
Hotel Villa Belvedere is located on a hill overlooking the blue bay of Bonassola and has a big garden. Rooms overlooking the sea and the surroundings and are furnished in a simple way, clean but not very soundproofed. Accommodations have heating, telephone, TV, Free Wifi, ceiling fan. Breakfast is good and various.
Small, well behaved dogs are allowed free of charge on this trip.
During the walks dogs have to be kept on a leash.
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between March and October.
Nearly all trains from Genoa go directly to Monterosso, only sometimes you need to change either in Sestri Levante or la Spezia (approximately 1.5 to 2 hours).
From Pisa airport (PSA), you have to change at Pisa Centrale, and again at La Spezia for a local train that stops in Monterosso al Mare (approximately 2 hours).
On departure, you can easily reach the aiports of Pisa (PSA), Genova (GOA) and Florence (FLR) from Bonassola.
Train timetables available on www.trenitalia.com.
If you are coming by car, there are two large, open-air, private parking areas in Monterosso.
GPS tracks are available on request.
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