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 … Continue reading Just in: Closure of the Beccara trail #531
I love to hike. It’s ironic that I live in hikers’ paradise yet I don’t get out trekking nearly as much as I’d like. Luckily for me, my collaboration with Randonnée has pushed me to get back out on the trails to rediscover this place I love. I’ve oftentimes been asked what I recommend people … Continue reading 8 things you need to hike the Cinque Terre
As you probably already know from my previous posts (here and here), the Via dell’Amore connecting Riomaggiore and Manarola is currently closed due to a landslide and at the moment the works to repair it are at a standstill. The Via dell’Amore was a walk (not a hike) and many visitors are looking for an alternative stroll … Continue reading A panoramic stroll around Riomaggiore
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
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 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
Update 2017: The works on the Via dell’Amore are at a complete standstill. The local city hall is waiting on national public funds to be released to pay for the extensive repair costs. It sounds like it could be a very, very long wait. *sigh* The Via dell’Amore (Lovers’ Lane) connects the villages of Riomaggiore and Manarola and … Continue reading What’s going on with the Via dell’Amore?