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The Blue Trail: A Hiking Guide to Cinque Terre, Italy

Ketki Dongare Jul 23, 2019
The region of 'The Italian Riviera' holds a great deal of popularity when it comes to tourists. Cinque Terre and its five towns, nestled on top of the Italian Riviera are best explored by hiking!

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Cinque Terre has an iconic hiking trail, the 'Blue Trail', famous for its route, scenic views of the coast, and a passage through all its five towns.

The Blue Trail Hike Distance

Complete this 11 km trail, along its adventurous routes and rewarding views in about 5 hours. Linger on in the towns at your own pace and enjoy the local heritage at its best.

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Hiking Trail Towns

The five towns of Cinque Terre are: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mar (south to north).

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The pastel colored buildings, topped on rocky terrains with blue water bodies, are the only common aspect of each town.

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Town: Riomaggiore
Cinque Terre's most romantic sights, with pastel buildings gleaming in the sunset and the sea harbor floating.

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Town: Manarola
Apart from its picturesque location, this town is famous for grapevines embracing the village, and the Sciacchetrà wine.

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Town: Corniglia
A quiet, middle-town of Cinque Terre, sitting 100 meters atop a hill, amidst the serene vineyards.

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Town: Vernazza
The quaintest town of Cinque Terre, docked at a small harbor to a vast blue sea, with a bell tower at the tip of the terrain.

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Town: Monterosso al Mare
With abundant trees of lemons and olives, it's the only town with a proper strip of beach, water sports activities, and is the largest town of Cinque Terre.

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Routes

Start your hike from Riomaggiore to Monterosso or vice versa, the adventure is unlimited. Note that the difference in both options depends on the level of difficulty.

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Alternative Options

Whilst hiking, if you wish to skip a trial or two, there is always an option of boarding a train. The views, however, remain unchanged.

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Riomaggiore to Manarola:
Begin your trail with the ‘Lover’s Lane’. On the easiest 1.5 km of the trail, the mountain views and Riomaggiore coastline are your partners in this journey.

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Manarola to Corniglia:
Comparatively easy, but the steep sections may be a little adventurous for beginners. This 3 km stretch is full of gardens and sea views.

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Corniglia to Vernazza:
Rated as moderately difficult, check in for a break on the terraces serving drinks and snack along the route. 3 km are sure to go by, with the lush greenery and coastal views.

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Vernazza to Monterosso:
Down to the last 3.5 km stretch of trail, this is the most difficult one. But the panoramic view of the five Cinque Terre towns, once you reach Monterosso, is your reward!

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Once in Monterosso al Mare, head straight down to the beach and catch your breath with a nice swim in the blue waters.