Need at least 5 days to TRULY enjoy this region
You are kidding yourself if you think you can walk through all the CT towns in one day and enjoy what this unique area has to offer. We spent 7 days based in Manarola and could easily have spent more.
All but one coastal path was closed when we visited. As a result they weren't selling the Cinque Terre card for the overland hikes. These trails aren't easy, even for those of us who are seasoned walkers. Recommend wearing hiking boots and using stocks.
The views are fabulous and you will be amazed at the stone walls and vegetation that grow along the way. We walked from Manarola to Corniglia via Groppo and Volastra. This trek has sections that appear as though nobody has walked through there in a long time with thick vegetation and narrow paths in some sections.
Not a great deal to see and do in Corniglia, Groppo or Volastra however the views along the way are fabulous. We descended the 365 stairs at Corniglia and took the train back to Manarola.
On another day we took the train to Monterosso and walked the only coastal path open, to Vernazza. Probably harder than the walk to Corniglia but not as long. Again the views as you leave Monterosso are fabulous as are the views of Vernazza. There are places en route for a rest or picnic.
The last one we did was from Riomaggiore to Manarola. We first walked to Riomaggiore following the highway basically before following a path just over the bridge into town. To get back we hiked over the hill. Refer my review and pictures:
This was the hardest walk in our opinion.
Each town holds its own allure and each is well worth exploring whether on foot, train or ferry.
Cinque Terre is truly a unique, beautiful, amazing place. I'm so glad we can now tick this off our bucket list.
For more pictures please see this review posted in another area on Tripadvisor.
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