Women’s Travel Tip: A in Cinque Terre, Italy

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Enjoy this tip about Cinque Terre, Italy from the JourneyWoman community!

Take a walk through Cinque Terre

“Although you can take the train and boat between towns, the Cinque Terre is great for hiking between villages.

My tip is to hike from North to South (Monterrosa, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, then Riomaggiore). The hike from Monterossa to Vernazza is long and tough, and requires sturdy shoes, and A LOT of water (most of the hikes are not shaded), as is the hike from Vernazza to Corniglia.

We brought hiking sticks with us, which were very useful, as some paths are narrow, and there is some climbing — we had people along the way wanting to buy them from us! The hikes from Corniglia to Manarola, as well as Manarola to Riomaggiore are shorter distances and less strenuous.

Although you can mix your hiking between towns with either train or boat services, my recommendation is to be sure to hike into Corniglia from Vernazza, as you will avoid having to climb UP the 365 stairs into the town that you would otherwise have to climb if you hiked the other direction, or took the train or boat.

We broke up our hiking through the Cinque Terre into two days. The first day, we hiked from Monterrosa to Vernazza, and took the boat back to Monterrosa. The second day, we took the train to Vernazza (where we left off with hiking) and hiked the rest of the towns the same day, and took a train back from Riomaggiore to Monterrosa.”
-Denise Riesen from Schaumburg, USA

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