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Along the Ligurian Coast

Liguria & the Cinque Terre
Starting point:

Hotel Nazionale, Levanto for two nights.

Day 1
Circular walk via Bonassola: 10km, 4hrs; ascent/descent 410m

Your first walk takes you north-west over the headland into the neighbouring coastal village of Bonassola. Set in a lovely spot framed by two rocky promontories, you round a headland on its far side via ‘Salto della Lepre’, a dramatic cliff-top shelf that makes for an ideal picnic spot, though you may prefer lunch in Bonassola itself. You return to Levanto along a track which follows the old coastal railway line.

Day 2
Levanto to Monterosso: 8km, 3.5hrs; ascent 550m/descent 540m

Today’s walk takes you across the Punta Mesco headland, offering superb views of the rocky coast and the glittering Mediterranean as you head towards La Colonnina in Monterosso, the largest of the five Cinque Terre villages. Arrival at Punta Mesco itself is a real highlight of the day – from here you can see most of the Cinque Terre. You can choose to upgrade to the 4-star Hotel Porto Roca for your 3 nights here.

Days 3 & 4

From your base in Monterosso you can explore the Cinque Terre by following our recommended and rewarding routes both alongside and above the coast, returning either by train or by boat.

• MONTEROSSO TO VERNAZZA VIA MADONNA DI SOVIORRE: 10km, 4hrs; ascent 740m/descent 760m

The first is a challenging but thrilling circular walk leads inland from Monterosso to two chapels which boast astonishing views across the terraced slopes to the sea. The route then takes you across several small valleys, through woodland and vineyards, before zigzagging steeply down to the very traditional village of Vernazza from where you follow the main coastal path back to Monterosso.

• MANAROLA TO CORNIGLIA VIA VOLASTRA: 7km, 2.5hrs; ascent 490m/descent 500m

The second is a shorter option which begins by taking the train (pay locally) to Manarola from where you ascend stone stairways through olive groves to the hill-top village of Volastra to pick up a path that leads across steeply terraced vineyards towards the smallest Cinque Terre village, Corniglia. The views throughout the walk stretch for miles – you can even see Corsica on a clear day.

PLEASE NOTE: some sections of the main, and very popular, lower coastal path may sometimes be closed, especially following heavy rain or a bad winter. However, our recommended routes incorporate only some segments of these with lesser-used paths higher above the coast, rewarding you with satisfying walking and superb views.

Day 5
Monterosso to Portovenere via Riomaggiore: 13km, 5.5hrs; ascent 780m/descent 800m

Today you start with a short train journey (pay locally) to Riomaggiore, from where you ascend gradually to the panoramic Sanctuary of Madonna di Montenero. Your path then continues to rise and fall, the attractive woodland through which you walk providing welcome shade. You descend to the medieval village of Campiglia then head through more woodland to emerge onto the red rocks that give this part of the coastline its name (Costa Rossa). As you approach your destination, and the stylish Hotel Paradiso, the challenging coastal path rewards you with sweeping views of Portovenere and the islands that lie just off the coast.

Day 6
Circular walk around Palmaria: 7km, 3hrs; ascent/descent 360m

On your day here, you can enjoy a leisurely exploration of the village, where narrow streets meander among tall slender houses painted in the pastel colours so typical of the region. Alternatively, you may prefer to take a boat over to the small island of Palmaria for a walk around the island or catch the ferry to explore the town of La Spezia.

Extend to Camogli

For a wonderful end to your discovery of the Ligurian Coast, take the train to the handsome fishing port of Camogli for two nights:

Day 7
Explore Camogli

Today, you take the train (included) to the handsome fishing port of Camogli for two nights at the Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi. A medieval castle still keeps watch over the narrow streets of tall, pastel-painted houses, many of which are embellished with trompe l’oeil pillars, cornices and other stonework.

Day 8
Explore the Portofino National Park

Spend your last day exploring the Portofino National Park. This rocky peninsula, described as one of the most attractive landscapes in Italy, is covered with a typical Mediterranean vegetation of herbs, with stands of sea-pine, yew and olives leading down to the blue Mediterranean. Much of the peninsula – including the hamlet of San Fruttuoso – is only accessible on foot or by sea, walking first from Camogli via San Rocco to Portofino, and then by boat to San Fruttuoso.

Add on a city stay

To extend your holiday, why not add on a couple of nights in elegant Genoa or medieval Pisa if you are flying via one of these intriguing cities?

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Walking Chart:Along the Ligurian Coast This is an approximation only. If comparing holidays, please note the scale of the chart as this can differ.