Cinque Terre Slow itinerary

Please see below for a detailed overview of the Hidden Italy Cinque Terre Slow Version coastal and mountain walks:

The Sentiero Azzurro (4 Walks)

The Sentiero Azzurro (the Blue Path) is the classic coastal route, a paved path that links Levanto, on the western edge of the Cinque Terre National Park to Riomaggiore, the eastern most of the five villages of the Cinque Terre.  The walks follow clearly marked routes and there are train and ferry options.  The path, however, runs about 200 metres above sea level, so there are some steep climbs getting up and down from the villages.

Levanto to Monterosso (3 hrs); Monterosso to Vernazza (2.5 hrs); Vernazza to Riomaggiore, via the villages of Corniglia and Manarola (3.5 hrs);  Riomaggiore to Portovenere, via the sanctuary of the Madonna di Montenero and the village of Campiglia (6 hrs).  Grade 2.

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The Via dei Santuari (3 Walks)

High above each of the five villages is a religious sanctuary, a small chapel, that is an integrated part of the communities life and is connected by a stone path to the village.  The Via dei Santuari (the Sanctuary Walk) is a stone path that links these five chapels laterally, weaving its way across the face of the mountains 500 metres above the coast, passing through centuries old terraces, visiting small isolated villages along the way.  The three Hidden Italy walks are loops that start from the coast and climb up to the sanctuaries, then follow the Via dei Santuari along the mountains above the villages, before descending to the coast again.  They are challenging but spectacular itineraries.  While the paths are straightforward, there are some steep climbs, particularly at the beginning of each walk.  The walks are well marked but slightly over grown in parts.

Monterosso loop walk, via the sanctuary of the Madonna di Soviore (3 hrs);  Vernazza loop walk, via the sanctuaries of the Madonna di Reggio and the Madonna delle Grazie (2.5 hrs);  Riomaggiore loop walk, via the villages of Groppo, Volastra and sanctuary of the Madonna di Montenero  (4.5 hrs).  Grade 3.

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The Sentiero Rosso (3 Walks)

The Sentiero Rosso (the Red Route), is another spectacular route that stretches from Portovenere to Monterosso, following the ridges of the mountains above the Cinque Terre, passing through chestnut and oak forests, with extraordinary views down over the coast.  The path has been used as a trade route since pre-Roman times, as archeological sites along the way testify.  The route is connected to the coastal villages by stone paths that have been used for hundreds of years, which means that it can be broken up into sections. 

There are long climbs to get to the path which runs between 700 and 800 metres but once up there the path is relatively straightforward - undulating, well marked and easy to follow.  Some of the villages have local bus services up to the high points.

Portovenere to Telegrafo, via the village of Campiglia  (3.5 hrs);  Telegrafo to Cigoletta (3 hrs);  Cigoletta to the sanctuary of the Madonna di Soviore above Monterosso(3 hrs).  Grade 4.

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This walking tour in the Cinque Terre can be personalised to meet your interests and travel dates.

  • Cost


    per person
  • 5 nights accommodation and breakfast each morning in serviced rooms in either Vernazza or Monterosso
  • dinner on the first night
  • detailed maps (1:25000 scale) and walking instructions for each walk
  • reading list; historical and cultural notes; local transport timetables
  • 24 hour back up from local manager

Cost Options

$1420 with dinner on night one p/p, staying in either Monterosso or Vernazza.

Single Supplement: $600





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– CG + PF Cinque Terre Slow (Monterosso)

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