The Via dell’Amore is a famous hiking trail in Cinque Terre, Italy. It connects the five towns of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare.
An 11 kilometer (7 mile) stretch of trail, the Via dell’Amore is not for the faint of heart. While the short path between Riomaggiore and Manarola is easy and flat, the long trails between Corniglia and Vernazza, and Vernazza and Monterosso are steep, narrow and rocky.
To hike the Via dell’Amore during the day you will need to purchase a Cinque Terre Card. Hiking the Via dell’Amore in the evening is free, as the checkpoint booths are closed.
Hikers in Cinque Terre are advised to wear appropriate clothing and shoes and to carry water with them at all times, particularly in the hot summer months.
The Via dell’Amore is sometimes closed in the rainy season due to wet and dangerous conditions.
Below are descriptions of the hiking trails on the Via dell’Amore in Cinque Terre:
Riomaggiore to Manarola on the Via dell’Amore
Terrain: Flat and easy
Time: About a half hour walk
Manarola to Corniglia on the Via dell’Amore
Terrain: Flat until the end, at which point you must climb a long set of stairs
Time: Less than an hour walk
Corniglia to Vernazza on the Via dell’Amore
Terrain: Steep uphill and steep downhill, many stone steps, loose gravel
Time: 1.5 hour walk
Vernazza to Monterosso on the Via dell’Amore
Terrain: Very steep uphill and very steep downhill, many stone steps, loose gravel and narrow trails
Time: 2 hour walk