THE CINQUE TERRE IN ONE DAY ON FOOT
Can you walk through the Cinque Terre in one day? Yes and no. Explanation: the blue path (Sentiero Azzurro) is not currently fully open in its original path, given the closure of the Riomaggiore-Manarola (the Walk of Love) and the Manarola-Corniglia sections. The alternatives lengthen the route, so it is necessary to arrive very early in the morning and visit the villages for a short time. Or sleep at least one night in the Cinque Terre to be able to do everything more calmly.
In any case, we recommend arriving by train, at the station of La Spezia or Levanto, where you can take the Cinque Terre train and get off at Riomaggiore.
From here you can visit the Village, the marina and the colorful houses. The Via dell'Amore is closed (2024), but you can get to Manarola along the ancient mule track that connected the two villages, via Beccara, path 531, in about 60 minutes.
Not to be missed in Riomaggiore:
- Main street (Via Colombo)
Journey time Riomaggiore-Manarola (Via Beccara): 1 hour.
Once in Manarola, visit the church of San Lorenzo and go down Via Discovolo to the Marina. The Manarola-Corniglia route is also currently closed, the alternative is much longer unfortunately, but it can be done. You have to go up along the 506 path up to Volastra, then path 586 from Volastra to the junction with path 587 near Case Pianca and finally path 587 up to Corniglia.
Not to be missed in Manarola:
- Marina di Manarola
- Main street (Via Discovolo)
- Church of San Lorenzo
Journey time Manarola-Corniglia: 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Here we are at Corniglia, with the church of San Lorenzo, Via Fieschi, Largo Taragio and the panoramic terrace of Saint Mary. The visit is short before leaving for Vernazza.
Not to be missed in Corniglia:
- Church of San Lorenzo
- Main street (Via Fieschi)
Journey time Corniglia-Vernazza: 1 hour and 30 minutes.
From the blue path, the view of Vernazza is wonderful coming down a long staircase. Go to the sea to admire the church of Santa Margherita di Antiochia.
Not to be missed in Vernazza:
- Church of Santa Margherita di Antiochia
- Main street (Via Roma then Via Visconti)
Journey time Vernazza-Monterosso: 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Finally Monterosso. When you arrive in Punta Corone, in the historic center of the village, you can rest a little before go to Fegina beach and the nearby train station.
Not to be missed in Monterosso:
- Fegina beach and promenade
- Old Town
So, the main problem is the Manarola-Corniglia section, which considerably lengthens the times. An excellent option for this part of the route only is to take the train between the two locations.
In summary, the route alone is almost 8 and a half hours (it would be 5 and a half if all the trails were open). Expect to dedicate at least half an hour to visit each town, the necessary breaks to rest a little and eat, we are already at almost 12 hours.
As previously said, either you arrive very early and leave late (and it remains a very very full day), or you can complete the route in two days.
The blue path of the Cinque Terre
(Travel times between the villages
The Cinque Terre in a day by train
The Cinque Terre in in two days on foot
The Cinque Terre in two days (two days, one night)
The Cinque Terre in a weekend (three days, two nights)