Hiking in the
Cinque Terre Villages, Riomaggiore,
Five Lands For Hiking Italy's Coast
Cinque Terre Hiking, Italy
Hiking the grape orchards and olive groves high above the Mediterranean Sea, you
look down on five tiny villages tucked into the rocks between the beach and the
Cinque Terre describes five fishing villages that have resisted progress for a
thousand years and still live by simple grape growing, fishing, and the harvesting of
While hiking above the villages on the steep hills, you see the Mediterranean Sea
below each town from the necklace of trails that connects the olive groves and
There is not much to do in Cinque Terre but hike the trails during the day and in the
evening, dine on pesto and olives, and fish from the daily harvest while drinking the
local white wine and watching Mediterranean sunsets over the Sea.
The villages date back to
the twelfth century.
heading north, the next
village, Manarola is only a
half hour walk on the
walking trail, Via del Amore.
villages. (except Corniglia)
Riomaggiore is the first Cinque Terre Village you enter when coming from La Spezia in the south.
The village has one pedestrian only street leading down to the sea. The houses of the medieval village of
Riomaggiore lean one to the other in a disarray of pastel colors intersected by small cobble ways and sheltered
Riomaggiore is a fishing village with great color for artists and photographers, and good seafood restaurants.
The narrow stretch of path leading out of Riomaggiore along the coast towards Manarola is called Via
This hiking trail leads to offshoot trails and isolated outcrops used by sunbathers. There are also paths leading
to sanctuaries built to protect the fishermen from ravages of sea and crashing waves.
The hillside vineyards above the trail produce a white wine famous on the coast.
The village dates back to the end of the XII Century; its brightly colored buildings make the village unique.
The Via del Amore weaves its way north along the rocky mountainside to Manarola, the second of the antique
seaside towns as you head north along the coast.
Rio Magiorre offers ample lodging opportunities including hotels hostels and B&Bs.
The village from the shuttle boat.
Walking to the dock at
Ferry boats connect
the five villages
Cinque Terre Climate, What To Wear in Cinque Terre, Italy:
If you are flying into Rome for a trip to Cinque Terre you can count on the temperature being warm year round.
You can keep your wardrobe simple. Base it on a few neutral colors like brown and black to travel light and
Black is a popular color for clothing in Italy and does not show wrinkles.
Rome is a sophisticated city and could require formal dress in some restaurants (Necktie suit jacket, dress)
Cinque Terre will be casual dress throughout. Hiking clothes for trail use between villages
Rome has a climate similar to the mid USA at sea level, cool Dec. Jan. 40s but no ice or snow, warm summers,
June July August, 80s possible light rain in Spring.
Cinque Terre is 170 miles north of Rome on the Mediterranean Coast south of Genoa.
The Cinque Terre Village of Riomaggiore in the Five
Lands For Hiking Italy's Coast has one pedestrian only
street leading down to the sea.
The houses of the medieval village of Riomaggiore lean
one to the other on small cobble ways and sheltered paths.
Cinque Terre beach at Monterosso al Mare
The popular beach at Cinque Terre at
Monterosso al Mare
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|When To Go To Cinque Terre Italy:
Mid March to Mid November is a good time to visit The Cinque Terre.
Mid summer can be crowded.
Winter months are without snow but could be cool with January averaging from 40f lows to 55f highs.
Cinque Terre hiking is good any season. The trails are used by farmers who grow grapes and olives and
they remain open year round.
May (60degree f highs to 45 lows) and the early part of June are ideal. Cinque Terre is on the Mediterranean
Sea north of Pisa and south of Genoa and the sea moderates the climate.
The end of June, and all of July and August can be warm in the mid day (June 60-70) and crowded at times
as much of Europe takes its summer vacation. (August 83 highs to 65 lows)
Summer months are warm and dry.
Weather is ideal in May and June and September October, great months to visit and not too crowded.
November 45 lows -60 Highs f
Rain could come in any month but will be infrequent in the summer, more frequent Sept, Oct, March. The
wettest months are March and October the driest June July, August.
Cinque Terre is extremely hilly including the town streets and likely the stairway to your lodging; pack lightly.
Mid March to Mid November will find most seasonal attractions open and the ferry boats running.
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