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“steep but worth it”

Trail 531 Riomaggiore to Manarola
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Riomaggiore
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

Took my family of 4 over an hour to do this walk -- it's super steep, mostly steps, but the views are spectacular.

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Reviewed 17 July 2014

With the low route closed we hiked the higher, more difficult route up and over the hill. Pretty tough, but incredible views. Returned to Riomaggiore via train. One-way was enough!

1  Thank Kjdrews
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

the track basically is basically consists of a steep ascent and an equally steep descent, but the views on the way make more than up for it!

1  Thank Sonndich
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

This path goes straight up through vineyards and then straight down to Manarola. Not really any flat bits at all. Lovely view from the top and well worth doing. It only takes about 90 minutes if you keep up a good pace

2  Thank Cookster_11
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

My wife and I were in Manarola and decided we would do one of the walks. we started early with an intention to train to Monterosso and walk from there. Discovered there was a train strike. Went to the information centre and the suggestion was: "Why not take the 531 trail to Riomaggiore." Ok we thought, we are both in good shape and enjoy a walk. No hint about difficulty rating from the nice lady at the information centre.
We were told 60 to 80 minutes. We did it in 55. Basically it is straight up and over a steep peak, then down the other side.
Some of the steps are pretty tall, so walking poles (my wife had a set, but not me) are very helpful and recommended.
Going up was hard from Manarola, but going down into Riomaggiore was also difficult due to the uneven and not well maintained track and steps. It is easy to follow, but if you are not fit or have dodgy knees, don't try this trail. it is not for the faint hearted.
Very scenic and a great sense of achievement to complete it. we then went by boat to Monterosso with a plan to boat back to Manarola later. While on the trail we both said: "Great experience, but we wont be walking back the other way. famous last words. Due to rough weather (big seas) boats to Manarola were cancelled. No trains, so boat back to Riomaggiore, and you guesse it, we walked back to Manarola. And yes I know there should be an easier walk between the two towns but the lovers walk has been closed for some time and still is.
The walk from Riomaggiore to Manarola is no easier than the other way, it took us about the same time both ways, although coming back was at a hotter time and after a full days activity.

If you are up to it, do it, if you have doubts, don't try it. Wear hiking shoes ( we were wearing runners which did the job, but hiking shoes would be better.) and either shorts that end above the knee or loose longer shorts/pants as you need to be able to raise your knees very high on some steps.

11  Thank Mike G
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