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Cinque Terre Walk and Drink
Ranked #5 of 9 things to do in Manarola
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

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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Reviewed 8 July 2014

We had a wonderful experience in Manarola, the quaint little town tempts you to linger and enjoy that beautiful pasta and the Cinque terra white wine called Sassarina, is to die for. We were meant to take a boat trip to the next village but, unfortunately the sea was too rough and so we boarded the train, well, that's another experience not to be missed.

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Definitely worth it if you have the time and want to make the most of the incredible Cinque Terre views!!

2  Thank shepppy
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Corniglia is a tiny, stone town higher on the hill than the other Cinque Terre towns. There is very little ocean front, only a few restaurants, and a few mediocre shops. There is only one ATM, which was not working for the entire length of our stay there. Manarola and Monterossa are much prettier, with long beach fronts, places to sit and gaze at the sea, interesting churches and cemeteries, and great shops and restaurants. We will not go back to Cinque Terre, because once was plenty and it is not nearly as interesting or as picturesque as the Amalfi coast or the lake region. (And the local wine, which is all thati s available, is pretty awful.) But, if we were to go again, we would stay in Manarola or Monterossa.

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Reviewed 30 May 2014 via mobile

Italians decided to close some trails so they open and close to sell you the train ticket which is 12 euros or you can decided to do the trail from manarola to corniglia which will take you roughly three hrs, lots of people were struggling during our trip because it's steep, beautiful views for pictures almost every 20 feet but again very crowded of tourists everywhere and trashing the paths this place gets just B - just visit if you must.

3  Thank bryanmantezoni
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