As of this morning, the ancient trail connecting Riomaggiore and Manarola (called the Beccara and identified on maps as trail #531) has been closed due to safety concerns. The village’s mayor, Fabrizia Pecunia, signed an ordinance on July 24th officially closing the trail (although the actual closure took place this morning) with no mention of a potential reopening date.
Today’s trail closure comes just days after a local villager and grape grower, Giovanni Marcotti, filed a lawsuit claiming irreparable damage to the trail (which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage) due to an unsustainable number of hikers and lack of proper trail maintenance the closure of the Via dell’Amore in 2012, at which point it became an alternative route between Riomaggiore and Manarola for hikers.by local public entities. The Beccara trail was practically unknown by anyone except locals until
Marcotti, who is well known in Riomaggiore, has been sounding the alarm regarding the deterioration of the Beccara trail for as long as I can remember (post-closure of the Via dell’Amore). Until the lawsuit was filed his complaints seemed to fall on deaf ears.
The Beccara trail remains open only for locals tending their crops and vineyards in the vicinity of the trail.
I will post updates as they become available.