Cinque Terre National Park guided tours & excursions: June 2017

For those heading to the Cinque Terre and seeking a guided experience, look no further. The Cinque Terre National Park offers a different guided option for each day of June. The rates are exceptional (free to those that have purchased the Cinque Terre Card for that particular day, otherwise €2.50 per person). Many of the … Continue reading Cinque Terre National Park guided tours & excursions: June 2017

The Beccara trail (#531) connecting Riomaggiore and Manarola

Since the closure of the Via dell’Amore (see my previous posts about it here and here), the ancient Beccara trail (number 531) that connects the villages of Riomaggiore and Manarola has been marked as an alternate route.  This rugged trail has existed for centuries, well before the Via dell’Amore was carved out of the rock in the early 1900s. … Continue reading The Beccara trail (#531) connecting Riomaggiore and Manarola

The underwhelming partial reopening of the Via dell’Amore

In early April, 2015, a small inauguration party was held with local politicians and Italian railway representatives for the reopening of circa 200 meters of the Via dell’Amore (Lovers’ Lane). This tract, considered the first of seven phases of the Via dell’Amore project, includes the beginning of the path from the train station in Manarola to the … Continue reading The underwhelming partial reopening of the Via dell’Amore

SciaccheTrail: The success of a grass roots vision

On March 29, 2015, emotions ran high while 200 ultra trail runners raced through the Cinque Terre for the first ever SciaccheTrail marathon (which I talked about here).  The weather was absolutely perfect that Sunday;  after days of variable weather, the sun shining down on the runners seemed to denote Mother Nature’s approval. SciaccheTrail was a grass roots success.  Complimenti to … Continue reading SciaccheTrail: The success of a grass roots vision

The new extreme sport in the Cinque Terre: Trail running

The hiking trails in the Cinque Terre are world-famous and on just about every traveler’s bucket list that visits this area.  The trails throughout our territory vary in difficulty but the average Joe will find most to be a bit challenging.  Not so for the Cinque Terre trail runners, who take things to a whole ‘nother level.  This … Continue reading The new extreme sport in the Cinque Terre: Trail running