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The Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a group of five towns perched on the dramatic coastline of Italy, just north of Pisa. The towns are easily recognizable, with their pastel buildings stacked on top of one another, overlooking the harbors below. Each town offers something a little bit different than the others, and part of the fun of visiting the Cinque Terre is picking your favorite one. Hiking the Cinque Terre is one of the best ways to explore these five towns.

Hiking the Cinque Terre

About the Trail

The towns can be visited by bus, boat, train, or by hiking trail. We chose the hiking option.

There is a 11 km trail (called the Blue Trail) connecting Riomaggiore to Monterosso al Mare. Some portions of the trail are very easy to walk, such as the paved section connecting Riomaggiore to Manarola, and other sections climb up and over hillsides with spectacular views along the coast. It takes about 5 hours to hike the entire distance, not counting the time to explore and linger in each town.

In order to hike the trail you have to purchase a ticket.  There are various options for this, but the ticket is absolutely necessary. At every town we had to pass a checkpoint and show our tickets. We purchased the Treno Cinque Terre Card, which gave us unlimited trips on the trains for the day and access to the hiking trails.

Distances and Difficulty Levels on the Blue Trail:
  • Riomaggiore to Manarola:  1.5 km, easy,  30 minutes, also called “Lover’s Lane” or Via dell’Amore
  • Manarola to Corniglia:  3 km, easy, 1 hour
  • Corniglia to Vernazza:  4 km, moderate, 1.5 hours
  • Vernazza to Monterosso:  3.5 km, moderate, 1.5 hours

Important Update on Cinque Terre Trail Closures:  The trail between Riomaggiore and Manarola (Via dell’Amore) and Manarola to Corniglia are closed due to a landslide and are planned to reopen in April 2022. Get updates here.

Note: We did this hike in July 2014 but this post is frequently updated with new content.

Town #1: Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore Cinque Terre


Our day started off very warm, without a cloud in the sky. We chose to start in Riomaggiore, because we wanted to end with a swim in the ocean at Monterosso’s beach. Unfortunately, the first section of trail, the easiest section to Manarola, was closed because of a recent rock slide.  This was not a good start to our day.

The trail between Riomaggiore and Manarola is called Via dell’Amore. When it is open, it is flat and easy to walk. However, it frequently closes due to landslides. It was closed when we did this hike in 2014 and it is currently closed again (until 2022).

If this trail is closed, you have the option to take the train to Manarola or hike a much more difficult trail, the high route, to the next town. Anxious to get started and not thrilled about having to wait 45 minutes for the next train, we chose to hoof it over the mountain.

The trailhead for the high route is located 5 minutes away from the Via dell’More. Click here to see the location of the trailhead on Google Maps. This trail took is a succession of stone staircases and steep hill climbs. But, you do climb high and are treated to wonderful views of the coastline.

High over the Cinque Terre

The trail on top of the mountain took us through vineyards. We were rewarded for our hard work with great views over Riomaggiore and the coastline. Since we were one of the only crazy ones who decided to make this climb we were almost on our own.

Hiking Cinque Terre Kids

During the descent into Manarola Tim had a wipeout. He turned to look back at Tyler, who was stumbling, and in the process Tim’s foot slipped off of the trail. His weight pitched him off the trail, he fell through some brush and landed on the hillside five feet below the level of the trail. Tim somehow emerged from this without a scratch on him, giving us all a good laugh.

Town #2: Manarola

We safely finished the rest of the hike into Manarola. We bought breakfast at a grocery store, spent a little time exploring the town, and then had to decide what to do about getting to the third town, Corniglia.

Again, the trail was closed. Would we ever get to hike the main Cinque Terre trail? Once again, we had the option to either hike up and over another mountain, this hike being twice as long as the first one we did, or take the train to Corniglia. We chose the train. We still had a long, hot day in front of us and Kara was already beginning to run out of steam.


Manarola Cinque Terre


Town #3: Corniglia

To get from the train station into Corniglia you have to climb this long series of wide steps into town. It still felt like we were hiking even though we had just taken the train!

Steps to Corniglia

In Corniglia, we only spent a little bit of time before hiking to the next town, Vernazza.


Walking through Corniglia

Town #4: Vernazza

Finally, the trail was open. By now it was over 90 degrees and the sun was incredibly hot.

To get from Corniglia to Vernazza we hiked on dusty, rocky paths, up and down endless stone steps, and through many more vineyards. The views were spectacular. This would have been much more enjoyable if it weren’t so crazy hot. Towards the end of this portion of the hike Kara kept warning us that her feet were going to explode.


Cinque Terre Kids

Finally, we made it to the most beautiful town of the Cinque Terre, Vernazza (with all feet intact).

Overlooking Vernazza

Vernazza is beautiful, and it was extremely crowded during the brief period of time we spent there. All of these towns can be explored in less than a half an hour, but be prepared to walk up and down some steep inclines.

We wandered away from the main street through Vernazza and went to Alberto Gelateria for a much needed break. This was the best gelato we had so far, and it was so good that we went back for seconds.



Town #5: Monterosso al Mar

Finally, it was time for the final hike to Monterosso. This is the most strenuous stretch of the Cinque Terre, another mountainous hike lasting 3 km. Fortunately, Kara got her second wind. Two hours later, a very sweaty, tired family of four arrived in Monterosso. It was time for that much deserved swim!

Almost in Monterosso

Monterosso al Mar


Once in Monterosso we plopped down at the beach for a much needed swim in the ocean. This was the perfect way to end our hike.

Thoughts About the Hike

So, what do we think about the hike now that it is over? It was a great experience, the views were incredible, and there was something very cool about hiking through the hillside vineyards. Cooler temperatures would have made the hike more enjoyable, but it was July, so it was going to be hot. The heat just made the gelato and the swimming that much more enjoyable.

For anyone who wants to see the Cinque Terre and have an active, adventurous day, hiking the trail is a great option.

Julie Rivenbark Photographer

As for our favorite town, Monterosso was the winner. Monterosso is the largest of the five towns, and with its two beaches, multitude of water sports, and its wonderful energy, we loved it here. In fact, we spent our second day in Cinque Terre relaxing on the beach and renting the paddle boat/slide that Tyler and Kara loved so much.

Vernazza was the prettiest, Corniglia was the quietest, Manarola had a great harbor, and Riomaggiore was the best place to sit and watch the sunset.

In the past few years, the Cinque Terre has become one of Italy’s most visited destinations. From May through September, the cities and the hiking trails can get very crowded. If you visited or hiked the Cinque Terre during the summer months in recent years, how was your experience? We would love to hear about your experience and it would help future readers know what to expect during their visit. Let us know in the comment section at the end of this article.

Tips on Hiking the Cinque Terre

For information on visiting Cinque Terre on a budget, read our post The Cinque Terre for Budget Travelers. We give tips and advice how to keep costs low but still enjoy the best that the Cinque Terre has to offer.

The hike can be done in either direction.  To get the hardest hiking over with first, start in Monterosso. Once you reach Corniglia, and assuming all of the trails are open, the easier sections will be at the end.

For those who are very ambitious, there are trails that go even higher into the mountains for some of the best views of the area. The Cinque Terre information points in each town have maps of these trails.

There are different options for buying the Cinque Terre Park Card.  For €7.50 per person you can hike the trails and take the buses connecting the 5 towns, and for €16 per person or €42 euros for a family of four, you can hike, take the bus, and take the trains from Levanto to La Spezia. There are also multi-day passes available.  For more information click here.

Water bottles can be refilled at the public water fountains in each town.  As long as the fountain does not say “non-potable” the water is safe to drink. We drank gallons of water out of the public fountains all throughout Italy.

As with our experience, trails close frequently.  The day before our hike the trail from Riomaggiore to Manarola was open. There was a rockslide during the night which covered part of the trail, making it inaccessible. Check with the information offices before starting any hike for trail closures.

Sections of the trail are true hiking.  Make sure you wear appropriate footwear (sturdy walking shoes are sufficient and hiking shoes are ideal), bring sunscreen, and don’t forget those water bottles.

And don’t forget your swimsuit! What better way to cool off than a swim in the Mediterranean Sea!

Where We Stayed:  We were traveling on a budget so we stayed in La Spezia at Hotel Birillo. This is a small, budget hotel. It was very basic, with small rooms, an interesting bathroom (you actually had to walk through the shower to get into the bathroom), but it was only a five minute walk to the train station. If you are traveling on a budget, consider staying in La Spezia to save money.

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  1. Hi, we hope to be in Cinque Terre this August. Of the two hikes between Corniglia to Vernazza and Vernazza to Monterosso, which would you recommend if we only did one? I have an almost 5, 6, and 8 year old with me, and our limit is about 4 miles at a time because of the 4 year old. I’m hoping we can do at least one since the easier stretches aren’t open. Of course we then want to get a paddle boat for some awesome beach time at the end. Thanks!

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      I think the views are better between Corniglia and Vernazza. If I remember correctly, you get great views along the entire coastline from this part of the trail. Once in Vernazza, walk the first little bit to Monterosso and look back at Vernazza for a stunning view (the photo labeled “Vernazza” in this article). Then take the train to Monterosso. And we have such great memories of those paddle boats. I hope you and your kids have a great time in the Cinque Terre! Cheers, Julie

  2. We returned last week from hiking in the Cinque Terre. Being August it was of course very hot, and although we are keen walkers, we found some of the steep uphills rather a struggle. We walked from Monterosso to Vernazza and then on the Corniglia. (Tip: on the latter section there is an isolated bar at the top of the climb – most welcome!) The stretch between Corniglia and Riomaggiore is sadly still closed.

    We did the walk as part of a self-guided one-week walking holiday ‘The Cinque Terre and Portofino’. We started in Camogli, a beautiful town, and did a day walk from there to Portofino (ditto) with interesting stops on the way. Next stop was Bonassola (OK) but a walk from there was of little interest. And then we hiked on to Monterosso! We realised that it would have been better to organise the trip ourselves – more flexibility to choose the places we wanted to see – and the paths are clearly marked, so the elaborate route notes were unnecessary.

    One more thing. Because the Blue Trail was closed, we visited Manarola and Monterosso by boat. On the same day we also visited Portovenere, which is not one of the five towns, but just as good, interesting, beautiful and lively. Well worth a visit or even an overnight stop.

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      Wow, lots of great tips here. Thanks so much! I’m beginning to wonder if the blue trail between Riomaggiore and Corniglia will ever reopen. Sounds like you had a cool trip, walking from town to town along the coast. Cheers, Julie

    2. Hello both of you adventurous travelers! A friend and I are headed to CT towards the end of September. We’re both avid hikers. I have us based in Manarola because I’m looking for a quiet/quaint town to base ourselves in.
      But, if trails are closed in and out, is that a mistake?
      We hike 10 miles (16 km) a day, but don’t want to necessarily go way out of the way for treks either.
      Please let me know what you suggest. And if you have wonderful trails off the beaten path, wonderful places to stop on a hike, etc. I could use any advice you have. Thank you!

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        Hello Laura. I think it is fine to stay in Manarola. In my opinion, it really doesn’t matter where you stay in regards to the hiking trails. No matter where you stay, you still have to leap frog or hike the high trail to get from Manarola to the other towns.

        Right now, it looks like the trail from Manarola to Riomaggiore is closed, but you can hike the high trail, like we did. It’s a beautiful albeit somewhat strenuous hike. The low trail from Manarola to Corniglia is also closed, just like it was for us in 2014. 😊 There is a high route you can hike. We decided to take the train instead, since Tyler and Kara weren’t up for big, hot hikes at that time. I suggest looking at this website, which lists the trail closures, and has more info on the hiking routes. You can take a look at the route from Manarola to Corniglia to see if it’s worth the effort to do it. But I don’t regret skipping this part of the hike. We didn’t have time to hike anything other than the 5Terre trail, but it is an area we talk about coming back to explore more. Hopefully that website will give you some more info.

        Cheers, Julie

  3. Julie, Excellent site. Thank you so much. I have never traveled Italy. We ( my husband, and another couple ) 4 adults are traveling May 2020. After Rome, Tuscany, Florence we will be in CT 2 nights, staying in Manarloa. We have decided to drive since we are heading to Lake Como and Switzerland after and a car seems most convient. I have three questions. 1. We would like to do part of the hike. We are staying in Manarloa. What part do you recomend, it seems like several parts are closed. 2. Are there boats you can rent, i cant seem to find any information on that, and that seems like a fun option to see the towns from a differnt view. 3 Is there a public parking area, i know we will need to walk to our hotel but where can you park in Manarola? Thank you for your help.. Also if anyone has driven through various countries, i would love your option. I know the trains are popular but i feel like having a car would be best for us. I just dont know about crossing borders. We are going to Switzerland, Germany and Austria afterwards.

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      Hello Pamela. I’m glad you like our site! The best sections of the trail, in my opinion are between Corniglia and Vernazza, and Vernazza to Monterosso. Check the trail closures before you go and fill in the gaps with the train. I don’t know much about the boats since we did not do this, but you could look on Trip Advisor or Get Your Guide for companies that run boat tours here. Check with your hotel for advice on where to park. Some hotels offer parking, for free or at an extra charge. There is no issue crossing borders for the countries on your list. No checkpoints, no passport control. It will be just like driving between Florida and Georgia. If you drive on a motorway (highway) in Switzerland, you will need a vignette, but they sell these at the border. As for having a rental car in Switzerland, it really depends on where you are going. For places like Zurich, Lucerne, Interlaken and the Bernese Oberland, and Zermatt, no car is necessary…the trains are much more convenient. But having a car in Lugano or Luasanne is helpful for day trips. If you have any other questions, let us know. Cheers, Julie

  4. I love your comments! We are a family of 7 (4 adults, 9,13,15 kids) planning a 10 day trip to Italy in April 2020. We fly into Florence, and tentatively plan to stay in Lucca, then Venice then back to Florence. I have researched tours and it is going to get pricey. Do you recommend any specific tours? We have read it’s difficult to drive…and won’t find a vehicle for 7 very easily. It looks like trains are best for city to city travel. Any advice on how to best plan our trip?

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      Hello Ronnie. We don’t have any specific tours to recommend, but if you are looking for day trips into Tuscany from Florence, there are some good options on Get Your Guide. We have some links on our Tuscany post. As for driving, it’s fine. I wouldn’t call it difficult. However, parking can be, particularly in cities and the small towns. If you have a big van, then it will be even more challenging. In Italy, we typically recommend traveling by train because it is cheap, easy to use, and you get dropped right in the city centers. I think that most people can visit Italy just fine without joining a packaged tour. We have tons of info to help you budget your time, learn the best things to do, and book your tickets in advance. You can start with our Italy Travel Guide, but more specifically, our articles on Venice and Florence should help you out a lot. Take a look at these and let me know if you have more questions. Cheers, Julie

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  5. Gorgeous!! I saw your update, with the first part of the trail closed is it still worth a visit? Should we still just take the trains and see those first few towns and then do the hiking trail starting at corniglia ending at monterosso? Thanks for your advice

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      Hello Natalie. Yes, all of the towns are worth it. They are each slightly different and so much fun to walk through. It’s up to you if you want to take the train to connect the first few towns or hike the higher trails. For us, it was nice getting those panoramic views from the higher trail that connects Riomaggiore and Manarola, but it was very strenuous. I would do it again, but it’s not for everyone. If you want a leisurely experience, take the trains to skip over the closed main trails. If you like the idea of leaving the crowds behind and getting unique views that many people miss, consider hiking section of a higher trail between 2 towns. Cheers, Julie

  6. Hi Julie – we are at the Cinque-Terre now staying at Riomaggiore and have just finnished a days hiking. We enjoyed your post and i have read some more of your Italy posts as we are also doing Capris and the Amalfi coast in coming weeks. FYI – The coastal paths between Riomaggiore and Corniglia are both permanently closed until 2021 for major repair works. It was beautiful weather today, but due to rain earlier all of the coastal traks were closed today. So we caught the train to Manarola and then hiked the inland route to Cornigula. The first bit was steep but the views were spectacular and were really worth the effort. Only took us an hour and 45 minutes so emboldened by that we had a coffee and a bite to eat and then hiked the inland route to Vernazza. This was a bit harder as the route was not as well marked as the first section, and there were hardly any other people walking this section to ask directions. But we managed to find our way and got some even better views of the coastline. The last bit of the track down to Vernazza is particularly steep, but with a bit of care we got down safely. After reading your blog we decided we had to try “Alberto’s” Gelato, but after searching high and low we could not find it. Finaly resorted to a google search and the only “Alberto’s” Gelato shop we could find on the Cinque-Terre is in Cornigula. So not sure if he has closed up shop or just moved towns? We found another shop so we still got our Gelato fix! Tomorrow we will train it back to Cornigula and hike the Coastal paths to Monterosso as they should be officialy open then. Thanks again for your great blogs and I hope you and your family enjoy many more great holidays!

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      Hello Andrew. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. And thanks for the update on the trail closures. I hope you have a wonderful time for the rest of your stay in Italy. Cheers, Julie

  7. We are heading there in the morning and we can’t wait! I remembered that I enjoyed your Scotland post so I took a quick look before heading to bed and appreciate your review and honesty about the hikes! I will post about the experience when we get back!

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  8. Hello, i am travelling to Cinque Terre next year and i was wondering can you please advise where i would get a map for the treks and also where was the photo taken with your 3 children, this is the photo opportunity i am looking for 🙂
    Many Thanks in advance

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      Hello Winnie. The cover photo for this post was taken at Manarola. Here is a link to a Cinque Terre website that has a bunch of different maps. This link is for online maps. If you want a paper map, you can buy one on Amazon. Search for “Cinque Terre map.” Cheers, Julie

  9. Hi Julie,
    Going to Cinque Terre in about 2 weeks. We are planning our packing and the goal is to keep is light. My question is, can we hike the Cinque Terre in a good pair of sneakers or do we need hiking boots? We often hike in the White Mountains of NH so we are fairly experienced. We are not going to the Dolomites or any other place during our stay that would require the hiking boots.
    Your thoughts are greatly appreciated!
    (btw, love this site!)

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      Yes, you can get by with a good pair of sneakers. There are no technical sections to this hike. It will be a dirt trail, rocky in some places, but not too bad. Have fun in Italy!

  10. Hi Julie,

    I hope your summer travels are brilliant! Always looking forward to what you post next.

    Just wondering if you could throw out some suggestions or thoughts about our upcoming April Italy trip. We were thinking of doing three days in the Bernese Oberland, but not sure now because of the time of year? Do you think if we stay low we could hike in the valley? Perhaps you have a different thought now you have been there?

    Flying into and out of Milan
    4 days in Florence/Tuscany
    2 or 3 days in Cinque Terre (2 days at one of these and three at the other, which would you pick)
    2 or 3 days in Lake Como
    (then not sure, we spent three days in Venice last trip, and this is why I was thinking Switzerland) We will still have three nights left to choose another location. Open to any of your thoughts.

    Thank you for your time!

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      Hello Jessica. From what I know, the trains and cable cars run year round in Switzerland, so getting up into the mountains shouldn’t be an issue. However, it’s probably too early for hiking. There are some trails that do not open until the end of June. But you could go to Schilthorn or Jungfraujoch for some wonderful alpine views. And the towns are wonderful to visit so you would still have plenty to do. You could even stay in Lucerne and day trip into the Alps for one day. If you like skiing, you could go to Zermatt (for all 3 days…it’s too hard to get to for a day trip). Depending on how much snowfall they received, you can ski until the middle/end of April here. Sorry, I don’t understand your question about dividing your time in the Cinque Terre. Can you write back with a little more detail? Thanks, Julie

    2. Thank you for your quick reply, sorry for my delay, the school year is just starting!!!!
      Just wondering if you would put three nights in cinque terre or three nights at bellagio. I have to put two nights one place and three the other!
      Hoping to stop at lucca and pisa on our way to cinque Terre from florenece.
      Again, thanks for your insight, always appreciated.

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        No problem…I know what that’s like, it’s a busy time of year. I would put 3 days in the Cinque Terre and 2 days in Bellagio. There’s a lot more to do in the Cinque Terre so it is better to have the extra time here. Let us know if you have any more questions! Cheers, Julie

  11. Such a helpful blog! I was convinced of visiting Cinque Terre due to this blog and kudos to you. We loved the place as a family. Couple of changes that we did:
    1. We stayed at Portovenere and enjoyed this place the most. The thrill of staying in the colorful village and seeing the sailing boats in the port town was mesmerizing.
    2. We hiked less and enjoyed the villages more. We are from India and do a lot of hikes in our country, so we were more keen on enjoying the village charm and exploring the waters. The only hike we did was from Corniglia to Vernazza.
    3. We swam in Manorala and cannot forget the experience. There is no beach but ample water bays within rocks which makes the experience unique. Jumping off the cliff rocks into the water was the high point of our entire trip.
    4. We found Monterosso quite commercial and devoid of the rustic charm which we experienced in other villages. The beaches were all taken by private operators and in fact, very few people were on the beach.
    5. The panoramic point from Corniglia is breathtaking.

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  12. Hi, I am planning a trip with family from Aug 9-18. I plan to visit Rome, Florence, Tuscany and your above-mentioned trail of Cinque Terre. I am avoiding Amalfi coast as I read blogs about it being very crowded in Aug. What other offbeat things can I do around Florence/Tuscany? Aug 15 would be a national holiday and many things might be closed, so what should I be doing on this day?

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      Hello Shalini. You could rent a car and drive through Tuscany, visiting the small hill towns. We did this and loved it. Most shops and restaurants were closed in Pienza during our visit but it was still a nice visit. As for the Cinque Terre, you can contact your hotel to see if and what will be closed in August. I know that many Italians take their vacations in August so that more places might be closed, but that does not mean that everything will be closed. You can still walk the Cinque Terre, explore the towns, and go to the beach. Cheers, Julie

  13. Hi, loved re-living Cinque Terre through your blog. We visited in June 2018 with our 2 boys (4 & 7). We were worried how they would cope on the walks but they managed fine. The ladies in the Tourist Office at Levanto, where we stayed, were great giving us advice on the trails and the easiest direction to go with the kids. We did Cornigila to Vernazza one morning and Vernazza to Monterosso another morning. Definitely recommend starting early to avoid the crowds and heat, there’s narrow sections where it’s hard to pass. Going the direction we went had the added bonus of staying close to the cliff face rather then the cliff edge when passing people. The stairs into Monterosso would be very difficult going up rather than down. Our kids loved the slide paddle boat too but we loved swimming the best at Manarola and jumping off the rocks. Love reading all about your adventures.

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  14. Hi Julie! I’m in Corniglia now and tomorrow I’m heading towards Manarola and Riomaggiore. Can I expect the hike to be as strenuous going southeast as it was for you going northwest? July is an awful month for this with the heat and humidity but I am stubbornly going to hike it!

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      Hello Ali. If you are in Corniglia and will be hiking to Riomaggiore, that section of the trail is relatively easy (easier than Corniglia to Monterosso). But yes, the heat can be bad, and this year, with the heat wave, it has been even worse. We are currently in the Swiss Alps and even here it is warm. Have fun in the Cinque Terre! Cheers, Julie

  15. Hi Julie,

    Thank you for all your great posts, we have used your blog on numerous trips and then again just while daydreaming at work! I am hoping you can give me a little guidance. We are returning to Italy for a 12 day trip. Last time, we hung out in Venice, Rome, Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast and loved every second.
    This time we are flying into Milan, thinking Florence/Tuscany area, Cinque Terre for sure, but then I was thinking of Lucerne and the Bernese Oberland, but now I am worried everything will be closed because we are traveling in mid April (school breaks). Thoughts/suggestions? Lake Como area was on the list too and it still could be, but in April, I wasn’t sure?
    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.



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      Funny you should mention Lucerne and the Bernese Oberland. As I write this, I am in Zurich and heading into the Bernese Oberland tomorrow (for our first time). I don’t honestly know what the Bernese Oberland would be like in April, but Lucerne and Lake Como should be very nice. We were in Lake Como/Lugano the past few days and it was wonderful. I think things in that area would be quiet in April which might be nice. I recommend looking into ferry schedules for Varenna and Bellagio on Lake Como in April to see if they are running frequently. It might be best to save the Bernese Oberland and Lucerne for a visit between June and September, when more is open and you can do hikes and walks in the mountains. But you could stick with your Italy plan and include Lake Como. It’s an easy day trip from Milan or you can stay longer at Bellagio or Varenna. I will be writing about how to day trip to Como, but it might take several months (sorry) as we are traveling for the next 6 weeks. Cheers, Julie

  16. I share your enthusiasm for the magnificent views hiking Cinque Terre. We took a simplified version of the hike from Manarola to Corniglia, beginning with a shuttle taking us up to a point from where it was 3 km. to Corniglia. You describe the hike as an easy 1-hour hike, as do others. I’m not experienced, or in magnificent condition, but I found parts of the way very challenging (with two walking sticks), and, more unfortunate than Tim, I fell about 8 to 10 feet off the path towards Corniglia. Seven stitches and 7 broken vertebrae later, I’ve got some lovely photos and memories, along with some less compelling memories of helicopter evacuation and hospital emergency rooms, as well as several days on my back before it was safe to move on. By all means, do make the hike, but appreciate that the trail — even “easy” parts — can be unforgiving.

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      Wow, I’m so sorry this happened to you. Thank you for sharing your experience and I wish you a speedy recovery. Cheers, Julie

  17. Hi there
    Stumbled across your fantastic website whilst researching my forthcoming trip to the Cinque Terre in August.

    Also wanted to say what great photos you have taken. Just stunning!!! Can I ask which focal length would be best for the Cinque Terre or you found yourself using the most?

    Many thanks

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      The lens that I use is a 24-70 mm lens. Most of these shots were taken at or near 24 mm. Glad you like our pix! Cheers, Julie

  18. Thank you sooooooo much! What a great post! Very helpful information! I was so distracted planning my day trip to Cinque Terre until I came across this post! It made my mind. You did a great job. Thank you so much. And thank you to Tyler and Kara for being part of this adventure.

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