Cinque Terre Hiking, Italy

Italy's Cinque Terre Five Lands In Medieval Italy

The hiking hiking trails go between the villages on paths used by the farmers to tend olive and grape farms on the terraced hillsides. .

Hiking The Five Lands Of Cinque Terre Italy

The Five Lands

Cinque Terre describes five small fishing villages carved out of the rocky hillsides above the Mediterranean Sea a thousand years ago or more.  The villages are connected by terraced trails and now make an ideal place for a hiking vacation.
  • Terraced Hills For Hiking
The people of the villages work the Bay of Ligeria, fishing the sea and planting  grape vines and olive trees on the terraced hills.
Trails on the terraced hillsides connect the villages and make great day hikes.
  • Cinque Terre Villages
Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare can provide lodging and dining in one of the best preserved natural areas of the Mediterranean,
  • Natural Park
Cinque Terre has  defied development. The cliffs  make building of major roadways next to impossible.  The villagers live a simple life of fishing and intensive viticulture which has created a unique landscape with extensive stone terraces on steep hills connected by walking trails.  The terraces have become a nature park.  The park includes a fee which can include bus and train transportation between the villages

Cinque Terre Hiking, Walking Italy's Mediterranean Coast

Cnque Terre Hiking, Italy

Hiking the grape orchards and olive groves high above the Mediterranean Sea, you look down on five tiny villages tucked into the rocks between the beach and the steep hills.

  • Hiking Trails
Cinque Terre describes five fishing villages that have resisted progress for a thousand years and still live by simple grape growing, fishing, and the harvesting of olives. High trails go along the ridge above the Park and lower trails connect the villages

While hiking above the villages on the steep hills, you see the Mediterranean Sea below each town from the necklace of trails that connects the olive groves and vineyards.  
  • Trains
The Terraces are now a nature park with an entrance.  The fee includes bus transportation and train transportation for around $8. USD.

The trains run between La Spezia and Levanto frequently and can provide transportation to the villages or between villages.  The Park card  (Fee)  includes bus service between villages and train service.
Cinque Terre's villages can be a dream for travelers who long to sense the life of people in Medieval times.  The villages still grow grapes and olives in the hills and fish the Mediterranean as they have done since the 12th century .The residents of the  five villages  (Cinque Terre Map) still practice the simple farm life and they harvest of the sea in small boats.
  • Nature Park
The villages were built into rocky enclaves on the mountainside a thousand years ago and are now surrounded by Italy's premier nature park.

The Park preserves the environment and the air quality by operating a shuttle between villages.  The Park trail use fee includes transportation by the park buses.

Walking the trails above the villages is the ideal way to get around and the  view  of the coast while walking in the terraced vineyards is a stunner.
  • Corniglia
Corniglia,  a half-hour hike from Manarola heading north occupies a formidable rock promontory jutting from the sea with two small beaches at its sides.  You can reach Corniglia by walking from Manarola or from the railway stop and then up a long flight of steps.  
  • Vernazza
Vernazza, the fourth village heading north has sheltered cove and several restaurants near the sea. Vernazza's harbor once sheltered a Roman installation.
  • Monterosso al Mare
The next village Monterosso al Mare can be a two-hour hike but  the ferry stops at the cove and will shuttle between the two.  Monterosso al Mare has a sandy beach and a boat dock where the water taxis connect to the other villages.
Italy's   Cinque Terre, Villages

Cinque Terre Villages

Riomaggiore is the first Cinque Terre Village you encounter driving north  from La Spezia or coming by train form the south.  There is just one pedestrian only street leading down to the sea. Some hotels have parking and you drive through a gate to reach them. Otherwise no cars clog the roads.
A trail leads out of Riomaggiore north along the shore to the next village, Manarola.
The Via del'Amore as it is called has a dozen little trails leading to outcrops where sunbathers find some privacy and hikers feel the breeze from the Mediterranean Sea.  

Cove at the walkway to the Via dell' Amore in Riomaggiore
Cinque Terre Climate, What To Wear in Cinque Terre, Italy:
If you are flying into Rome for a trip to Cinque Terre you can count on the temperature being warm year round. You can keep your wardrobe simple.
Black is a popular color for clothing in Italy and does not show wrinkles. Rome is a sophisticated city and could require formal dress in some restaurants (Necktie suit jacket, dress)

Cinque Terre will be casual dress throughout.  Hiking clothes for trail use between villages
Central and northern Italy has a climate similar to the mid USA at sea level, cool Dec. Jan. 40s but no ice or snow, warm summers, June July August, 80s  possible light rain in Spring. October the rainiest month.
Cinque Terre is north of Rome on the Mediterranean Coast,  south of Genoa.
Cinque Terre Hiking on Italy's Coast offers walking trails high above the five villages of Cinque Terre in the terraced hills overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
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The harbor at Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre Italy
The beach and ferry landing place at Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre, Italy
The harbor at Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre Italy
Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre Italy
Street at the harbor at Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre Italy
Shopping at the harbor at Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre Italy
A fisherman in the harbor at Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre Italy
Ferry Boats serve the villages of Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre ferry boats connect four of the five villages
The beach and ferry landing place at Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre is handy for a swim after a hike
The ferry landing place at Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre Ferry Boats connect the villages
The fishing harbor at Riomaggiore
The fishing boats in the harbor at Riomaggiore
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Riomaggiore allows parking in hotel garages where you drive through a gate to reach them. Otherwise no cars use the roads.
Riomaggiore offers pedestrian-only streets
Shopping in Riomaggiore
Cinque Terre Ferry Boats connect the villages
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The ferry at Cinque Terre, Italy

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Cinque Terre villages are now part of Italy's premier nature park.

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