8 things you need to hike the Cinque Terre

19 thoughts on “8 things you need to hike the Cinque Terre”

  1. I’ve noticed that a lot of people recommend bringing a swim suit along. May I ask where would be a recommended place to swim, and if there are places that you can change into your suit at other than at a restaurant?

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    1. Ciao Renee!

      The Cinque Terre are not only a national park, but they are also within a protected marine area. The water here is crystal clear and beautiful… you’ll be wanting to swim if the weather and sea conditions permit!

      If you are hiking from Riomaggiore to Monterosso (ending there) there are vast beaches (especially on the Fegina side) where you can go for a swim. Just keep in mind that there are public portions of the beach and private (where you pay to enter and for the use of an umbrella and sun chair). In the private “stabilimenti” you can actually pay to have your own private changing booth (where you can also store your things). If you plan to use the public portion of the beach (free of charge), you can either change in a public restroom or do the old “towel trick” (you’ll see lots of Italians doing this, you just wrap a towel around yourself and shimmy out of your clothes and into your bathing suit).

      Each of the villages has their own access to the water (even Corniglia has a little cove you can hike down to from the village). I do plan to do a post in the near future on this topic! Stay tuned.

      Take care,
      Amy

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  2. Hi Amy,

    Great website! We will visite cinque terre on 12th May till 16th May. Can I sent you an email to ask some questions? Thanks!

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    1. Ciao Debby!

      I’m so glad to hear that you like the blog. 🙂

      I don’t yet have an email associated with the blog. You’re welcome to drop a question or two here and I’ll do my best to reply as soon as possible.

      A presto!
      Amy

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  3. Perfect! Me and my 6 friends are going to hike for 4 days in May. We are starting in Monterosso and then go to Soviore, the second day we are going to hike from Soviore to Vernazza, 3th day from Vernazza to Riomaggiore and the last day from Riomaggiore to Portovenere.
    Unfortunately I have a knee injury (torn ligament) and I’m waiting for surgery. So, I can’t hike these days. I think the best way to go for me will be the Explora 5Terre bus? Maybe I can go to Sovoire by taxi? Thanks for thinking with me about this problem!

    My friends are going to hike, but they are worried about there backpack. We will travel with al lightweight backpack anyway, because we are only visit Italy for 4 days… Wat do you recommend? Backtracking? Or can we hike with less then 10 kilo?

    Thanks!

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    1. Ciao Debby!

      I’m sorry to hear about your knee! What a shame that you won’t be able to join your friends on their hiking adventures.

      I usually discourage visitors from hiking with anything other than their day pack with essentials. While they *can* hike with their bags I think it’s much, much more enjoyable to hike without them. I would consider arranging a transfer service for both you & your friends’ luggage. I highly recommend Marzio & Luciana at 5Terre Transfer (they are based in Riomaggiore and run a smooth & professional operation). They can be reached at +39 339 130 1183 or +39 340 356 5268 and their website is http://www.5terretransfer.com). To me, the money spent is well worth the convenience. 5Terre Transfer could take both you and your friends’ luggage from Vernazza to Riomaggiore and then from Riomaggiore to Portovenere. For Monterosso to Soviore you could contract another NCC (van with driver) or call a taxi based in Monterosso.

      If your friends decide to carry their own things with them while they hike, you can definitely use the Explora bus between Vernazza & Riomaggiore (but keep in mind that the Explora buses do not connect between Monterosso and Vernazza as the road is currently closed to traffic). Also, the Explora bus does not run to Portovenere. If sea and weather conditions are good, you could take the ferry to Portovenere that day (but keep in mind there are steep stairs to climb and descend to reach the ferry dock-point in Riomaggiore, which probably wouldn’t be great for your knee).

      I hope I haven’t overwhelmed you with information!

      Take care,
      Amy

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    2. Hello, again!

      I just spoke with Marzio at 5Terre Transfer and he gave me an idea of rates to send on to you. To pick you up & the luggage up in Vernazza and bring you to Riomaggiore the cost would be €50. To do the same service from Riomaggiore to Portovenere would be €60. If you divvy that up between the 7 of you it really is a trivial price to pay for the convenience!

      I hope this info helps!

      Amy 🙂

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  4. Thank you! I’m really hoping they will be back in nursery/preschool tomorrow. 🙂

    If you are wanting to make multiple stops between Vernazza & Riomaggiore then your best bet will be Explora. You *could* ask 5Terre Transfer to drop you off and pick you up multiple times but that would be an expensive (albeit convenient) alternative, I imagine.

    The road connecting Vernazza & Monterosso is currently closed and it has been that way for a good few years *sigh.” A taxi in Monterosso would want to charge you to drive from Monterosso to La Spezia and then to Vernazza (from the opposite direction). This would be a really expensive option! I recommend talking with your host at Soviore to see if they have any recommendations (they may know a “rogue” driver willing to pass through the closed portion of the road as many locals do). Otherwise, you’ll need to take either the train or ferry from Monterosso to Vernazza.

    I hope that helps!

    Amy

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  5. Hi Amy,

    Our next door neighbors just returned and reported that 90% of the trails are closed. Is this an accurate assessment? We will be there in mid-June.

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    1. Ciao Michael!

      Absolutely not! Are they sure they were in the Cinque Terre?!? Jokes aside, there are only two current closures with alternate routes available for both of those trails. How that equates to 90% of the trails is beyond me. I hate when misinformation is spread. 😦

      Amy

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