Current status of the Cinque Terre “Sentiero Azzurro” (Coastal Trail)

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  1. This is hands down the best and most thorough information on the current trail situation in the CInque Terre – brava Amy! If I were still working in the tourist industry in Riomaggiore, I would photocopy this and hand it out to all my guests. A must-read for anyone visiting the area right now!

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  2. EXCELLENT! I spend a lot of time unsuccessfully trying to find the ‘true’ status of trails and recommended alternatives routes before I found your simple but very informative guidance. Thank you very much. Note that the website address provided for the mobpark parking in La Spezia does not work – at least today.

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    1. Grazie mille, Gary! It makes my day to hear positive feedback as this blog is a labor of love. :). The fact that it was next to impossible to find up-to-date info in English is what really pushed me to start it to begin with. Thanks for the tip on the link! I will check that out ASAP. Thanks for following! -Amy

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  3. Thank you so much for this! We’re going to stay in Cinque Terre (Vernazza) for 5 day and were planning to do a couple of hikes: “Corniglia-Volastra-Manarola” and “Vernazza-Riomaggiore”

    We felt disappointed when we found out about the closed coastal paths, so I’m really glad to find out that there are aternate routes. Volastra sounds amazing in your othr posts.

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    1. Ciao Roland!

      So happy to hear that you enjoy reading my blog! Don’t worry, despite the few closures there are PLENTY of trails to hike here (many are *just* as beautiful as the Sentiero Azzurro but they just don’t get the publicity that that trail does). Ask your host in Vernazza if he/she has any particular tips for trails for you to get off the beaten path (it’s always best to have a local’s insider knowledge!). I love the Manarola-Volastra-Corniglia loop and I recommend that path even when the coastal trail between Manarola and Corniglia is open. I hope you enjoy your area! (I’m certain you will!)

      Buona vacanza!
      Amy

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  4. Sincere thanks for this blog, it’s wonderfully helpful.
    I’m planning a hike across the 5 villages around Oct 10th. And I’m wondering what’s the current status of the Via dellโ€™Amore and the rest of the paths between the villages. Are they all open? I’m unable to get a clear report elsewhere.
    Also, my research tells me that October is the rainiest month in the year for Cinque Terre, is that true?
    I did the trek on my own 15 years ago in July, and now I’m taking my family there to enjoy the beautiful villages and food! So I really hope we’ll get the chance to do the hike when we’re there.
    Thanks again for this blog and for your help..
    K

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    1. Ciao K!

      Thanks for reading! The blog is up-to-date for the status of the trails (click here to see the most relevant post). A brief summary of the coastal trail is as follows: the Via dell’Amore (which connects Riomaggiore and Manarola) is closed (but the alternative Beccara trail is open, although it’s quite strenuous!), Manarola-Corniglia is closed (but the alternative hiking up through Volastra is open and highly recommended!), Corniglia-Vernazza is open, Vernazza-Monterosso is open. All of the other secondary trails are currently open so there’s definitely plenty of hiking to be done!

      I personally wouldn’t classify October as the rainiest month of the year in Cinque Terre. Actually, it’s usually a beautiful month! Of course, it can rain, but to me I think of November as the month when the weather turns cold (and rainy).

      Buona vacanza!
      Amy

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      1. Hi Amy!
        Do you recommend we hike from Vernazza to Monterosso or vice versa? Are they both equally challenging and rewarding either way?
        Thanks!
        K

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      2. Ciao K!

        This time of year there really isn’t much of a difference (some people will tell you it’s easier in one direction or the other but I don’t find that to be true). In the warmer months, I usually recommend hiking from Vernazza to Monterosso for two reasons: 1) You’ll have the sun behind you (instead of in your face), and 2) you end up in Monterosso which has the best beaches (so you can rewards yourself with a swim after the hike!). However, this time of year as it cools off those reasons aren’t so important. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Take care,
        Amy

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  5. Perfect information, exactly what we were looking for after trawling through website after website to find any decent information. Off to start from Corniglia to Monterosso tomorrow and really looking forward to it! Thanks a million.

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  6. Hi, very helpful blog – we are thinking of walking the 5 villages 3rd week of September – any suggestions on how to find/arrange/book accomodation? thanks

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  7. Fantastic information , thank you , we are coming the second week of May and are really excited ,we are staying in Corniglia and are fit walkers ,we walk a lot and are really looking forward to getting around mostly by foot . when the trails are described as difficult etc is that because they are strenuous or because they are very scary eg are they super narrow giving you the feeling that if you put one foot wrong you will fall off the cliff ! Hope this doesn’t sound silly ! thank you Clare.

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    1. Ciao Clare!

      You will love Corniglia! While it’s oftentimes underrated (mostly due to its remote location) it’s actually one of my favorite Cinque Terre villages. ๐Ÿ™‚

      The Cinque Terre trails are usually considered difficult because there are steep climbs and descents on a rather rugged footpath (packed dirt and stone). While there are a few portions of the coastal trail that may get your heart pumping due to being right on the cliffs, the paths are safe so long as you are vigilant. If you have a fear of heights there are trails that are higher up on the mountainside that still offer beautiful views.

      Buona vacanza!
      Amy

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      1. Thank you Amy , that is good to know .
        we are looking forward to using some of your eating recommendations when we are there , I am also hoping in May it won’t be as crowded ? and are looking forward to swimming in the sea , although I know it will be chilly , do others swim in May ?

        Clare

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      2. Ciao Clare!

        May is really when thinks start picking up in the Cinque Terre.

        The water temps will be chilly but you won’t be the only one swimming (I was at the beach last weekend and some visitors were already in the water!).

        Take care!
        Amy

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  8. Thanks for the trail information, its great. We are booked in Riomaggiore in July before we realized the locations of the trail closures. Although we are hikers we were hoping to move easily between the villages. It seems we may be taking the bus/train more often than we expected. Do you recommend any tips? We are wondering if we should stay in Riomaggiore or try to find a place in Vernazza or Monterosso instead? Any recommendations on best ways of moving around the villages?
    Ciao
    Sandy

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    1. Ciao Sandy!

      How many nights have you booked? Keep in mind even with the Via dell’Amore closed there are still lots of other hiking trails from Riomaggiore. Also, with trains leaving every half hour in both directions during the day it’s really easy to go between the villages.

      Hope that helps!
      Amy

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  9. Hi Amy,

    We have booked a few nights in Manarola but I just found out that the trails out of there are closed. I don’t mind using the trains a bit more, but my plan was to do some photography, and I wanted to stay in one of the villages so I could do some sunset and sunrise photography from the trail viewpoints without having to worry about taking a train at those times. I was debating Manarola or Vernazza and picked Manarola, but it appears I may have made the wrong choice.

    I particularly wanted to get the classic view of Manarola from slightly up the trail toward Corniglia, just after sunset. Do you know if it’s possible for me to still get the photo of the town from that classic viewpoint?

    Thanks,
    Patrick

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