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Thanks to the intricate paths along the ridges, the fresh air and the fabulous landscapes, you will realize that the best and most authentic way to visit Liguria is on foot. In order not to miss anything, it is possible to reach the beautiful coastal areas with some short train journeys. Furthermore, accommodation in three different locations, will allow you to fully explore the area. Thanks to the climate, that is mitigated by the sea, the beauty of the Cinque Terre and the natural park of Portofino can be visited at best during the middle seasons, so as to be able to really appreciate their value.
Walk in the Park of Portofino
Breathtaking Views and splendid Ligurian Beaches
Visit Sestri, the "city of the two seas"
Trekking through the villages of the Cinque Terre
Pesto, pansoti, focaccia, farinate and other Ligurian specialties
The promontory of Corniglia and typical terraces with vineyards
Arrival in Camogli
Welcome to Camogli, "City of a Thousand White Sailing Ships".
Put on your boots and be ready to get lost in the colourful buildings of this magical village. Immediately after, beyond the beach, you will see the towering and imposing Castle of Dragonara. This is considered one of the symbols of Camogli, which guards the small port. You will immediately realize, in fact, that the city of Camogli has a double life: touristic seaside place and fishermen village. In fact, you can see the old traditions of the village and the new touristic life living together. For these reasons, Camogli is the ideal place to start your Cinque Terre walking holiday.
Trekking in the Portofino Park
11/7km, +690/450m -690/450m
Today you will walk along the paths of the Camogli National Park until you will reach the protected marine area of Portofino.
In this area you can do many snorkelling activities, so do not forget to bring a mask! Then, as soon as you pass the church of San Rocco, you will visit the wonders of the park, until you reach its heart. From there, you will continue to the famous Abbey of San Fruttuoso di Camogli, which can be visited thanks to the contribution of the Italian Environment Fund FAI. The place is known due to the fact that there you can admire the famous Christ of the Abyss: a bronze statue placed on the bottom of the bay.
From San Fruttuoso you can decide to return by boat to Camogli or continue your trip by walking to Portofino, to refresh yourself at one of the many clubs of the large Piazza Martiri dell'Olivetta.
From Portofino, the return to Camogli is possible by boat or by public transport.
Bonassola and Framura
9km, +350m -350m
After breakfast, you will take the train from Camogli to reach Bonassola with your luggage.
Climb up to the panoramic point of the Hare Jump and see the small village of Montaretto. Once you reach Framura you will have time to relax on one of its beautiful beaches.
In Framura you can decide whether to interrupt your journey and take the train, or whether to continue on foot to Bonassola, along the suggestive pedestrian and cycle track overlooking the sea.
Overnight in Bonassola.
Trekking from Corniglia to Riomaggiore
8/6km, +540/380m -540/380m
Early in the morning take the train to Corniglia: have a good breakfast to tackle the first 400 steps taking you to the train station.
Corniglia is the only village in the Cinque Terre that has no contact with the sea and stands on a rocky promontory surrounded by hills dedicated to the cultivation of vines. From the village of Corniglia you continue uphill along one of the most scenic paths of the Cinque Terre. We recommend stopping for a tasting of local wines, and then descend the path in the direction of Manarola, which will welcome you with the thousand colors of its perched village.
After a lunch break and a pleasant dip in the cool Ligurian waters, you can decide whether to continue in the direction of Riomaggiore or spend the rest of the day simply by the sea.
The last stretch of the path towards Riomaggiore is recommended for expert walkers. The steep path you follow constitutes the original connection road between the villages of Riomaggiore and Manarola, used until the construction of the famous Via Dell’Amore (still closed for works).
Return to Bonassola by train for overnight stay.
Trekking from Bonassola to Monterosso al Mare
10,5km, +370m -370m
During this day, you will leave Bonassola to reach Monterosso al Mare thanks to a wonderful hike.
In the first section that connects Bonassola to Levanto you will follow the ancient and very special railway track that, despite its flat nature, offers an easy route. At the same time, very rich breathtaking views open onto the cliffs after the suggestive stretches on foot in the historic galleries. At the end of the route you will reach Levanto, a small and charming village on the edge of the Cinque Terre. And from its long beach, this stretch of the Cinque Terre walking holiday follows a path adorned with lemon and olive trees up to the promontory of Punta Mesco and the Hermitage of St. Antonio Mesco, charmingly hidden in a holm oak.
Finally, the last stretch of the path will degrade towards the sea at the height of Monterosso.
Trekking from Monterosso to Corniglia via Vernazza
8/4km, +380/200m -380/200m
After breakfast, you will start your hike in the direction of Corniglia.
The route seems short, but should not be underestimated, so it is advisable to leave early in the morning. The trek from Monterosso to Corniglia has as an intermediate point of the trip in the location of Vernazza. With Monterosso behind you, you will reach Vernazza thanks to a long staircase that climbs and then descends among olive groves and vineyards overhanging the sea. Once you reach Vernazza, that is probably the most picturesque village of the Cinque Terre, you will admire the small alleys, Piazza Marconi, and the protected harbour, dominated by the clock tower. Here there is a tiny and heavenly beach that invites you to make bath.
The second part of the Cinque terre walking hoiliday continues once again uphill. After reaching the viewpoint of Punta Palma, it continues downhill to Corniglia, passing the village of Prevo. Take the time to visit the ancient and picturesque medieval village of Corniglia, located on the promontory of the Ligurian sea.
At the end of the excursion, the return to Monterosso will be made by the railway service.
Trekking from Riomaggiore to Portovenere
13km, +640m -640m
Last but not least, during this last hiking day you will reach Portovenere, the final stop of this beautiful walking holiday in the Cinque Terre.
After a short train ride, you will arrive in Riomaggiore: from here you will start your journey towards Portovenere in the direction of Levante. After a nice first uphill road in the morning, you will find yourselves walking among spectacular terraces overlooking the Ligurian Sea. You will follow for a long time at high altitude and then you will descend towards the sea after crossing the picturesque village of Campiglia. Here, once entered by Porta del Borgo, the ancient access to the village, you will get lost in the narrow alleys and you will reach the suggestive church of San Pietro just before visiting the statue of Mother Nature near the cave dedicated to Lord Byron.
Finally, you will return to Monterosso by boat or by public land transport passing through La Spezia.
Monterosso al Mare
After breakfast end of services.
If you prefer not to change hotels and enjoy the same city every evening, take a look at our central based Cinque Terre walking tour.
Tour programme variations
Due to organizational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.
Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each walker can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.
Our offer includes
- 7 nights with breakfast in double/twin room
- Detailed route description with maps
- Travel App (maps, tracks, route notes)
- Luggage transportation day 5
- Phone assistance 08:00-21:00
- Transfer IN and Transfer OUT
- Meals and drinks
- Entrance fees and tips
- Local Public transport (about € 35,00)
- 1 day Cinque Terre Card (€ 7,50)
- Hotel tourist taxes
- Insurance and what's not listed as "Included"
Departures and prices
Supplements per person
The Cinque Terre Walking holiday winds mainly through dirt paths and country lanes; rarely, and only when strictly necessary, on busy roads.
The morphological conformation of Liguria region provides considerable differences in level to be tackled daily, so the tour is suitable for anyone with good walking training. The length of a walking day ranges from a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 13 km, with travel times between 1,5 and 4 hours.
The itinerary is designed to offer a combination of nature and culture, while providing a good level of comfort.
We recommend to wear comfortable walking shoes, better if trekking boots, and to bring with you a hat, drinking water, sun cream, swimsuit and a waterproof jacket in case of rain.
- 2 nights in Camogli → Albergo La Camogliese
- 2 nights in Bonassola → Hotel Villa Belvedere
- 3 nights in Monterosso → Hotel Marina
All rooms are ensuite.
In case of limited availability we choose an alternative position with similar characteristics. Alternative details will be noted in the updated service list.
7 breakfasts included. All other meals are not included.
We will take care of your luggage while you are walking. In case of need you can call our emergency number ON from 8 to 21. Anytime, our staff will be available to make your holiday quiet and serene.
A few days before departure you will receive by email the Service List with instructions for using the Travel App.
At the first hotel reception you will receive:
- updated Service List;
- luggage Labels;
- detailed Route directions with maps.
Camogli is easily reachable by train, air, boat and car.
BY TRAIN. It is possible to reach Camogli directly by train with Trenitalia service. The arrival station is Camogli - San Fruttuoso: from Genoa the journey takes about twenty minutes; from Milan the whole journey is covered in about 2 hours and 10 minutes.
BY AIR. The closest airport is Genoa's Cristoforo Colombo: it is about 36 km away. The Galileo Galilei international airport of Pisa is about 150km away, the Florence airport about 200km and the Turin-Caselle airport is about 230km away.
BY BOAT. By boat, weather permitting, you can reach Camogli through a ferry service from the Old Port of Genoa, from Rapallo and from Santa Margherita Ligure.
BY CAR. If you arrive by car from the A12 motorway, exit at Recco: continue for about 2 km towards Camogli. Arriving by car is not recommended due to the scarcity of free parking spaces and not very easy hairpin bends.
Back to Camogli
From Monterosso you can reach Camogli by train with Trenitalia, via Sestri Levante or via Chiavari. The trip cost varies from € 8 to € 12 depending on the type of trains; the travel time is about 1 hour.
If you prefer to travel in total comfort, you can book a private transfer on the days of arrival and departure.