Best Trails in Italy

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on Cinque Terre Trail to Por...
27 days ago

We started from Portovenere, took the ferry to Monterosso, hiked from Monterroso to Vernazza, ate and swam in Vernazza, hiked to Manarola then took the train to Corniglia and Riomaggiore. Lots of hiking in each town. Great experience.

manarola to corniglia was closed.
corniglia to riomaggiore was closed.

on Cinque Terre Trail to Por...
1 month ago

I only hiked from Monterosso to Vernazza and it was a constant stunner. It's legitimately one of the most exhausting hikes, in terms of the trail: it's legitimately straight up stairs for the vast majority of the hike. But it's not without the constant reward of gorgeous views. The ocean was always on one side and even when it isn't, the trail is made more unique by little homes sprinkled throughout the mountainside with grape fields and even a little homeless cat community (make sure you bring snacks for these guys; they'd grearly appreciate it).

At the end of this hike, treat yourself to a glass of red and fresh fish on a patio in Vernazza. One of my greatest memories!

on Cinque Terre Trail to Porto Venere
2 months ago

on Cinque Terre Trail to Por...
2 months ago

backpacking

I visited this area in 2004 but it's one of my all-time favorites among my many travels. Each section between two of the towns is different... some are easy, wide and paved and others are not for the faint of heart (or the clumsy) as they're little more than goat paths along the ocean cliffs. That said, anyone can hike at least a piece of this! Though there are no cars, a train links the five villages, and then I caught a boat down to Porte Venere (not one of the five but the next town over) and walked up and around the castle there. You can hike, and ride, and spend time wandering the cobbled villages and view the amazing terraced vineyards. Make sure you try gelato at a few different shops and take time to sample the amazing wine.

on Cinque Terre Trail to Porto Venere
3 months ago

hiking

one of the best hikes I've completed. definitely an accomplishment. every second is a song for the eyes.

on Malga Valmaggiore Val Bon...
10 months ago

hiking

Was a great hike up to the mountain crest trails. You start out in a little bit of forest paralleling a creek. Eventually you hit a little meadow then a larger valley area with beautiful scenery. Then you hit some switch backs to make your way all the way up the hill side. I then hit the trail 349 and went up through the saddle and down into the basin where there was one of the 3 lakes. Then continued onto the second smaller lake and hit trail 339 and made my way back to the trailhead in Malga Valmaggiore. I would recommend this to get away from everyone. When driving up there watch out for logging trucks on the very tight road. In some case you might have to back up to a turnout spot to allow the oncoming car to get by.

on Malga Valmaggiore Trail 3...
10 months ago

hiking

You start out in a little dairy "town". This hike leads up to 3 nice and relaxing lakes. Great little day hike. There are plenty of routes that loop back to the trailhead if you want to make it longer. I would recommend going from trail 339 to 349.

on Rifugio Padon Trail 680
10 months ago

hiking

This was a great hike. Great coffee at the Rifugio Padon. We hiked up to the very top lookout and had some great views. I recommend going up to the top. Took the cable car up to the top instead of hiking all the way up to the top from Arabba. There were goats and cattle being herded in the hill side. Great view of Marmalade Mountain and the town below.

on Viel dal Pan Trail
10 months ago

hiking

Very nice and simple hike / walk. I took the cable car to the top from Arabba. The trail starts just off to the left and traverses the side of the mountain to the west where the Viel dal Pan Rifugio is located. It was a nice sunny clear day great view of Marmalade Mountain.

on Cinque Terre Trail to Porto Venere
11 months ago

hiking

Note that the section of coastal trail from Manarola to Coniglia is closed with no current plan to reopen it anytime soon (as of 25/10/2015). It is the section known as Via dell'Amore.

The views from the top trail are well worth the time and work to get to. Some of the trail between Manarola and Volastra are very narrow with steep drop-offs.

on Cinque Terre Trail to Por...
11 months ago

canoeing

Challenging hike, incredible coastal views, quaint villages with yummy mid-hike treats

on Cinque Terre Trail to Por...
1 year ago

Beautiful sights along the Med. My favorite place is Vernazza, best part of the walk is Vernazza to Monterosso. If you're going to be staying in the area, again I'd recommend making Vernazza your home base.

on Cinque Terre Trail to Por...
1 year ago

The first day we hiked from Monterosso to Vernaza then onto Corniglia and back on the sea level trail that's the most popular. The views of the Mediterranean were breathtaking. Occasionally we came across someone's home. There were many vineyards and a few waterfalls. The trails were well maintained. It was more challenging than I expected. It's lovely to hike and stop in the little towns for espresso and focaccia. Just carry some water with you.

The second day we took the train to Riomaggiore. (Parts of the sea level trail between the lower towns were closed.) We explored there. Be sure to stop at II Pescato Cucinaton for a paper cone of the days fried fish. We took trail 531 to Manarola. It was steep and full of switch backs. Only 1.3 k, but challenging.

From Manarola, we walked on the sea side trail until we could see Corniglia and the landslides that had closed the trail. If it had been open, the hiking would have been as easy as walking along a boardwalk.

Put this on your bucket list and plan time to explore the charming little towns!

on Cinque Terre Trail to Por...
1 year ago

walking

10/10/2007 - Walked from Vernazza to Riomaggiore, then took a boat back up to Monterosso and the train back to Vernazza. Put it on your bucket list. This place is amazing.

on Cinque Terre Trail to Por...
1 year ago

hiking

Beautiful area with great trails. Highly recommend.

on Cinque Terre Trail to Porto Venere
1 year ago

hiking

I hiked all 5 towns in one day, but I wish I hadn't!! If you have the opportunity- please take a few days and enjoy eating the amazing seafood and talking to the very interesting coastal natives.

on Cinque Terre Trail to Por...
2 years ago

hiking

Due to time constraints, we were only able to hike from Monterosso to Vernazza, but it was absolutely fabulous! All I'd hoped for, and my favorite place in Italy. I have to go back some day and spend more time at the Cinque Terre and do more hiking there.

on Cinque Terre Trail to Por...
2 years ago

hiking

Simply gorgeous and a generally simple hike, and since you encounter civilization from town to town, it's easy to refill water and stomach and get a rest. Trail 3 detour is a tough one, though.