9 days in Liguria offers walking through an extensive trail system, which allows you to hike from village to village, through lush forests and beautiful vineyards, in a spectacular terrace landscape overlooking the Mediterranean. You will walk through the historic towns of Levanto, Portovenere and of course the five charming villages that make up Cinque Terre, with their characteristic colorful houses beautifully located in the green landscape. It is not without reason, that the area is included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage.
Finally the tour takes you to the well-known Portofino peninsula. The town of Portofino is a colorful and popular resort for the Italian jet set, but the peninsula is also home to the lovely town of Camogli, and the monastery of San Fruttuoso, located in an isolated bay.
This is a moderately easy trip, which suits those who have no experience with walking holidays but have a generally good physical health. Most walking takes place on good paths that are regularly maintained by the local authorities. Some of the trails are marked, but in some places it is necessary to follow the issued walking descriptions and maps. The average walking time will be around 4 to 6 hours per day.
After checking in at the hotel in Levanto, it will be possible to take a stroll around the city center or even a swim in the Mediterranean Sea to freshen up after the journey.
The first walking day takes you along the coast to Monterosso al Mare. The first stretch of the walk leads you up towards Punta Mesco, one of the most beautiful promontories of Liguria and also a perfect place for a lunch stop. On the way back it is possible to walk past the ruins of a hermitage from the 11th century, with an amazing view to the rocky coastline. You will continue via a steep path bringing you down to the colorful town of Monterosso, which rises above the waterfront. Here there is time to explore the village before heading back to Levanto with the local train. It is also possible to hike back to Levanto through a fine alternative mountain route if you wish.
Today’s walk is going in a western direction, with the first part of the trip going along the beach and up over a ridge from where you descent to the sweet seaside village of Bonassola. From here, follow the coastal path towards a number of small villages that clings to the hillside and are collectively known as Framura. From the upper village Costa, the trail flattens and continues along the hillside, with wonderful views of the landscape and sea. A rather steep descent leads down to Deiva Marina, where you will have the opportunity to continue out to Moneglia and Sestri Levante. The hike along the coast brings you past several small charming villages, and it is recommendable to take time to sit down for a cup of coffee and enjoy the atmosphere in one of these. You can take the train back from most of the villages, so it is possible to shorten or lengthen the walk as desired.
After checking out of the hotel, you will travel by train to Riomaggiore, which is the most southern situated of the five villages of Cinque Terre. You will leave your luggage at the new hotel, and then you can choose to either walk or take the train to Manarola, a multicolored small village, located in a majestic and steep terrain from where it is overlooking the beautiful and rocky natural harbor. Take a stroll in this beautiful village before walking up on an incredibly beautiful trail through terraced vineyards to the small village of Volastra. From here the trail winds around the mountain side, with spectacular views along the coast towards your next stop, the charming village of Corniglia.
You continue through terraced olive and citrus groves and eventually the path will lead you down a steep descent to the village of Vernazza. With its dominant old fortress, Vernazza offers some of the most extraordinary views in Liguria. Vernazza is known as the most beautiful of the surrounding villages, and here you will have the opportunity to visit the castle tower, from which there are spectacular views of the harbor and its colorful fishing boats. The village is filled with charming cafes, where you can buy refreshments before jumping on the train back to the hotel in Riomaggiore.
Today's journey takes you into the center of the Cinque Terre, where the churches og Madonna di Saviore and Madonna di Reggio is located. First you will go by train to Vernazza and from there start the walk along the coast to the rear entrance of the beautiful village of Monterosso. After a coffee break you will begin the ascent to the church Madonna di Saviore, which is the perfect spot for a lunch break and a little relaxation in the sun, before continuing to the next sanctuary, Madonna de Reggio. Continue your walk through the hilly landscape to the small church of San Bernardo, that offers magnificent views of the coastline. From here you will begin the descent back to Vernazza, with the option to choose between two routes of different lengths.
Today you will head east from Riomaggiore towards Campiglia and Portovenere. A long flight of stairs takes you up to the Santuario della Madonna di Montenero. From here you will continue the ascent up through vineyards and along the dramatic coastal cliffs. Here the Sentiero Rosso ridge is situated, running all the way through Cinque Terre. After passing the small village of Campiglia, which is ideal for a refreshment stop, you will head down through the pine forest towards Portovenere. As you arrive you will pass the beautiful castle from the 16th century, which rises over Portovenere. From here you can enjoy a view, if weather permits, that stretches to the distant Apuan Alps in the horizon. A staircase descent will bring you down into the heart of the village, where there will be time to explore, before a local tour boat takes you back to Riomaggiore.
From Riomaggiore, you take the train to Camogli, where you leave your luggage at the hotel. Then you can begin the first walk of the Portofino Peninsula, towards the uniquely situated monastery of San Fruttuoso, dating back to the 11th century. In lonesomeness it sits at a beautiful bay, and is only accessible by foot or boat. The trail continues through the forest and offers a number of impressive viewpoints as you pass the church of San Rocco. From San Fruttuoso it is possible to either walk back to Camogli or take a local boat.
Begin the day with a short train ride to Santa Margherita, where there will be time to explore this attractive town. Then you will walk to Portofino, which besides being a large resort town, and popular holiday destination for the Italien jet set, it is also a beautiful colorful village. It is possible to visit the castle and the lighthouse, which offers spectacular views. If you have the extra energy, you can continue along the trails and enjoy the magnificent views of the Gulf of Genoa to San Fruttuoso, highlighting the monastery from a different angle. From here you can choose to sail back to Santa Margherita or even back to Camogli.
After breakfast it is time to pack your luggage and check out from the hotel for departure.
Didn't find what you were looking for? We will be happy to send you a custom quote.
Fill out your wishes, and we will send you a quote on your next holiday.
We pick a winner among all subscribers of our newsletter.