What’s going on with the Via dell’Amore?

31 thoughts on “What’s going on with the Via dell’Amore?”

    1. Ciao Danielle!

      Do you mean the bench with the silhouettes kissing? If so, it’s currently inaccessible as it’s in the tunnel which is a portion of the Via dell’Amore currently closes.

      Most sincerely,


  1. I am visiting the Cinque Terre in two weeks’ time, and a link took me here when searching for the hiking option. So, I guess I won’t be able to hike from Riomaggiore to Manarola through the Lover’s Lane? Thank you.


    1. Ciao Nevin,

      No, you will not be able to walk the Via dell’Amore as it is still closed. You can, however, hike between Riomaggiore and Manarola on the alternate trail #531. This is a 1 hour (strenuous) hike. There’s a post about it here on the blog if you’d like more details.



      1. Hey!

        Thank you for a great blog. I’ll be in Cinque Terre in August. Has any of the portions of Via dell’Amore (A-H) opened so far?



  2. Hello,

    I am staying in Levanto for two nights with one day to explore Cinque Terre in September. Please could you recommmend the best route to trek from Monterosso or Riomaggiore?
    I would like to allow enough time to have lunch and dinner in different towns.

    Thank you


    1. Ciao Sofiya,

      I would start hiking the coastal trail from Monterosso (since you’ll be staying in nearby Levanto). Depending on the time you get started you could either have lunch in Vernazza (2 hour hike from Monterosso) or Corniglia (another 1 1/2 hours hiking). Once you reach Corniglia you’ll need to take alternate routes as the final two portions of the coastal trail are closed. You can hike to Manarola via Volastra (circa 2 1/2 hours) and then you can hike the Beccara (trail #531) to Riomaggiore (1 hour, but it’s intense!). You could then dine in Riomaggiore.

      TIP: I do recommend reserving a table in advance for dinner.

      Take care,


    1. Ciao Camilla!

      If you are referring to the guided hiking excursions/village tours offered by the Cinque Terre National Park, it’s unlikely. During the off-season they occasionally offer these excursions/tours only on weekends but they are cancelled if there’s bad weather (which during the winter can be a common occurrence).

      I recommend checking out their Facebook page (which they keep up-to-date) and potentially you can message them directly there. You’ll want to look up “Cinque Terre Walking Park.”

      I hope that helps!



  3. Ciao Amy,
    I have just re-booked my holiday to Cinque Terre for the fourth year and am staying in Riomaggiore. Disappointed to see the path won’t be open again this year but the whole area is spectacular anyway and I can recommend the hike to Manorala. Personally to avoid the legendary bureaucratic red tape I’m sure visitors wouldn’t mind spending an additional few Euro in both villages as a visitor tax if they were assured that the funds would be used to complete the job once and for all in a speedy fashion.




    1. Ciao Ken!

      How exciting to have you back!

      I agree, the Via dell’Amore situation is VERY frustrating (probably even more to locals than to visitors).

      Our past mayor had paved the way for the Via dell’Amore works to be financed privately but the new mayor is strongly opposed to that and believes that she can get public funding. We all know how efficient Italy and its government are (insert eye roll) so I’m not so optimistic at the moment. I’ve always thought some sort of crowd funding could work? Donations in lieu of future tickets? With a proper campaign I think it could at least get the ball rolling…

      I’ll keep you posted on any forward movement here on the blog.



  4. Ciao Amy,
    I will be traveling to Cinque Terre for a day trip in October 2017. Any updates on Via dell’Amore? I would love to do a short hike, but my inlaws are limited in their ability. Do you know of any easier hikes? If not for them, any insight of a shorter (yet beautiful) hike that my husband and I could do and then meet back up with them?

    Thanks in advance,


    1. Ciao Valerie!

      I’m sorry to say there’s no way the Via dell’Amore will be open by October (here it’s all talk and no action, which is very frustrating!). You could stroll with your inlaws out to the point in Manarola (beautiful photo op!) and have a drink or something light to eat at Nessun Dorme.

      As for nearby hikes, you could hike from Corniglia to Manarola (via Volastra, this is a beautiful hike!) and meet them there. Or, for an easier option you could take the bus to Volastra (from Manarola) and then hike back down to the village.

      I hope this helps!



  5. I am planning a day trip from Florence to visit Cinque Terre by train. Could you suggest an itinerary? Able bodied enough for any hike!
    Many thanks


    1. Ciao James!

      I think you’ll find that one day in the Cinque Terre is simply not enough! You’ll only be able to (very superficially) scratch the surface of our area in that timeframe. With that said, what time of year are you planning to visit?



      1. Hi Amy,

        You’ve been so helpful already with your replies above. My parents are only in for the day in October, They’re around 65 and only in ok shape. I want them to see as much as possible. What would you recommend for approximately 8 hours of sightseeing?

        I’ve been using https://www.incinqueterre.com/en/cinque-terre-in-one-day as a guide so far. Thoughts? Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.



      2. Ciao Robbie!

        I had a look at the link you provided and to be quite honest I’m not overly impressed. The information isn’t exactly current (they are citing old trail numbers and train travel times which I wouldn’t consider to be accurate).

        My advice for your parents? Don’t try to cram all five villages in one day (8 hours) That would be allotting a little over 1 1/2 hours to each village and that’s not taking into consideration time spent traveling between the villages as well as stopping for lunch or to have a drink or whatnot. They’ll feel rushed and the overall experience will be less than stellar, in my opinion.

        Pick three villages for your parents to visit. The choice is yours (or theirs) but based on what you’ve told me (that they are only in ok shape) I’d recommend that they visit Manarola, Vernazza and Monterosso (in that order). Rather than traveling between the villages by train I would recommend that they travel by ferry (which is much more scenic and memorable).

        If you’d like a personalized itinerary for your parents, email me at amy @cinqueterreinsider.com (take out the space between my name and @) and I’d be happy to put one together for you (due to popular request I’m going to be rolling out consultant and concierge services).

        I hope this info and the rest that you’ll find on the blog is of help!

        Take care,


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