THE CINQUE TERRE IN TWO DAYS ON FOOT
Two days are ideal to be able to walk the Cinque Terre without haste, being able to visit the five villages. One thing is always to keep in mind, the Blue Path is not completely open at the moment, the first two sections, the famous Via dell'Amore (Walk of Love) between Riomaggiore and Manarola and the path between Manarola and Corniglia are closed. However, there are alternatives, which even if they lengthen the route a little, with two days available are not a problem.
In any case, it is always good to arrive early in the morning. Starting from Riomaggiore, we recommend to arrive by train, you can visit the village a little, before starting the route. As mentioned, the Via dell'Amore is closed (year 2023), but Manarola can be reached thanks to the ancient mule track that connected the two villages, the Via Beccara (path 531), in about an hour.
In Manarola, have a walk around the village, between the main caruggio, Via Discovolo, and the smallest ones, until you reach the sea and go up towards the cemetery to take an unforgettable picture. Here it begins the original path to Corniglia, but given the landslide that affects it, we have to change our plans. You'll need to climb up to Volastra along path 506, then take path 586 from Volastra to the junction with path 587 near Case Pianca and finally path 587 up to Corniglia. It's a 3 and a half hour walk. At this point, relax in Corniglia visiting the church of San Lorenzo, the oratory of the Disciplinati and the panoramic terrace of Santa Maria. You have all day available now and you can return to Riomaggiore by train.
Wake up early in the morning, a nice breakfast and off to the station to take the train to Corniglia and continue the visit of the Cinque Terre on foot. From Corniglia, the blue path (592-3) takes you to Vernazza in an hour and a half, with wonderful views from the path that descends into the village. Take your time to visit the village, the church of Santa Margherita di Antiochia, the small square, before leaving for Monterosso, the last stage of the journey. In two and a quarter hours of walking, among unique panoramas, you arrive at the historic village of Monterosso, have lunch quietly and then walk on the Fegina beach, towards the station, where you can take the train back to Riomaggiore.
In two days you can calmly travel the entire route, despite the closure of the Manarola-Corniglia section. It is about 4 and a half hours of walking a day, plus the time to visit the villages, rest a little and eat.
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