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?
UPDATED IN 2017 TO REFLECT CURRENT RATES The Cinque Terre Card is the Cinque Terre National Park’s effort to streamline the hiking pass and transport services all into one card (which helps to make things much more convenient for those visiting). These cards allow the card holder unlimited train travel between the Cinque Terre villages (actually, even as far as the … Continue reading What’s the deal with the Cinque Terre Card?
Latest update: October, 2017 There’s a lot of (mis)information out there about what trails in the Cinque Terre are open or closed at the moment, so I’m hoping to clear up any confusion. The most famous hiking path in the Cinque Terre is the Sentiero Azzurro (the so-called “blue” coastal trail that connects all five villages, also … Continue reading Current status of the Cinque Terre “Sentiero Azzurro” (Coastal Trail)