Sentiero Azzurro: Vernazza to Monterosso

MODERATE 61 reviews

Sentiero Azzurro: Vernazza to Monterosso is a 3.7 kilometer heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Vernazza, Liguria, Italy that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until November.

Distance: 3.7 km Elevation Gain: 210 m Route Type: Point to Point

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

beach

forest

views

wildlife

no shade

This is the fourth and final section of The Blue Trail, also known as Sentiero Azzurro, which connects all five main villages of Cinque Terre. This section connects Vernazza to Monterosso al Mare. It is a moderate hike, with some tough stairs and inclines. It offers great views of both Vernazza and Monterosso, as well as the ocean along the way. This trail can be completed in either direction. To complete the hike from Vernazza to Moterosso, use this map: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/italy/liguria--3/sentiero-azzurro-monterosso-to-vernazza?u=i For a list and maps of all Sentiero Azzurro (Blue Trail) segments: https://www.alltrails.com/lists/sentiero-azzurro-the-blue-trail A Cinque Terre card is required to use this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

The ascent in either direction is fairly difficult I believe it might be a bit more challenging coming from Vernazza. I wore a good pair of keens and even though I own hiking boots, I did not use them on any hikes in Cinque Terre. Walking poles on the other hand were greatly appreciated. Some sections were very uneven and to say “single file” would be generous. The views were stunning and we plan to do it again. Biggest piece of advice. Start early! A hike on this section that starts after 10am could be a nightmare due to heat and tourist volume. The early morning walkers get a great view & peaceful surroundings!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful view of Vernazza soon after crossing the ticket checkpoint. There is a lot of ascent at the beginning. At several points, there is space for just one well grown person to pass through. Hiking boots are recommended for this one. Carry ample water.

1 month ago

It was an incredible trail! I'm glad we started in Vernazza and ended in Monterosso, because those stairs at the end would have been a killer at the beginning.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Glad it was open today. It was crowded but great views.

hiking
1 month ago

The views were quite amazing! Ocean side trails with actual steps most of the way. The hike is steep as there are constant steps that bring you up then steep steps that take you down but nothing that’s too hard for a seasoned hiker. There were people of all ages hiking on this trail from toddlers to 70 year olds. The path gets pretty narrow in a lot of places do you’d have to stop and let people pass but in general the path was ok for two way crowds. There were almost 300 people passed and that’s on a Wednesday afternoon end of May. I was told you can’t even move on a nice August day when Italian schools are out. The hike was 2.3miles but all in all we walked 3miles from downtown area to downtown area. Took us 2hours from Vernazza to Monterosso. Highly recommended especially if it’s a nice hot day and you can jump in the ocean afterwards!! We had a 60F day which was perfect for hiking but not so much for beach swims. We got a gelato and a rose and enjoyed the ocean waves on the sandy beach.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this hike! It was my first in the Cinque Terre and the views were just as stunning as I’d hoped with picturesque terraces and vineyards along the way. I hiked this with a large group (ages 25-60) and it was challenging with all the steps but everyone had a great time! We finished with a wine tasting at the Buranco vineyard in Monterosso and it was a perfect introduction to the area!

hiking
2 months ago

This is a beautiful hike, and challenging. Lots and lots of steps. Be prepared for steep climbs and breathtaking views. We did this from south to north which was nice as you end the trail after climbing down thousands (we weren’t counting but it sure felt like thousands) of very steep steps, you’ll be greeted with gorgeous views of Monterrosa as you come around the last bend. Well maintained trail as they all are in Cinque Terre.

Beautiful trail! Very busy even on a Monday. Most is only wide enough for one person so I had to pause dozens of times to let groups by before I could pass.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Glorious views, well maintained, nice variety - cliff, stream, oceanside - glad we did this off-season as it has many narrow spots.

hiking
6 months ago

We started from Monterosso to end up in Vernazza. It was absolutely beautiful. We ended up getting the day train pass from the Spezia train station which included the trail entrance fees. Definitely should wear good hiking shoes or tennis shoes. The first half was all up hills with lots of little stone stairs so if you have joint issues, might be a bit challenging. But you can take it leisurely so very doable. The views are spectacular of the sea and also the. Vineyard studded hill side. We made it to vernazza just before sunset. Stunning. No bathroom on the trail so go before. Would definitely recommend. Took us close to 3 hours because we went on a leisurely pace, stopping to take thousands of pictures. Bring plenty of water As well.

hiking
6 months ago

Splendid!

hiking
9 months ago

My favorite hike so far! Absolutely breath-taking views. I was in awe the entire time. It is definitely more strenuous than I thought, but very doable even for a novice hiker. There are a lot of stairs on the Monterosso side. We went from Vernazza to Monterosso in October. Beautiful weather, bordering on a bit too warm. However, there is a lot of shade, and let's face it, you don't mind with those views!

hiking
9 months ago

Trail is very beautiful though it can be quite rough and steep at times, though walked past plenty of people over 65+ and some were overweight walking this path so for most people it can be done. Add on as many other walks in this area to create a bigger hike, as I believe most people walk or have walked from Corniglia - Vernazza with this hike. Moderate - Heavy Traffic, Moderate Difficulty HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

9 months ago

Beautiful! Wish I had my hiking poles with me.

9 months ago

great hike. trail is very narrow in places. uneven terrain and stairs in numerous locations. I left Vernazza at 830am, when I arrived in Monterossa there was an attendant charging people for access to the trail. no attendant at Vernazza. I have no idea if you hike early it's free or I just got lucky. the climb from Monterossa is very, very steep and long.

hiking
9 months ago

It’s definitely a challenging trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Incredible views throughout! Definitely not for the faint of heart or those wearing flip-flops. You will sweat. A lot. Bring water, wear sturdy shoes or better yet hiking boots. Bring a few euros for a chance encounter with an 80 year-old man selling fresh squeezed orange juice and grapes along the way!

10 months ago

Very crowded and hot! No shade, but coming into Vernazza is worth it! The climb up and the descent are steep.

10 months ago

Beautiful hike, we went from Monterosso to Vernazza. I liked doing the steepest section at the beginning. Picturesque hike and some stunning views.

10 months ago

loved this hike with my family. Beautiful views the whole time.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Rating it only a 3 because it was a LOT harder than the easy ratings I saw here. My iPhone app said we did over 59 “floors”. It is only 2.3 miles or so, but the up and down, and the footing made it pretty tough on this 64 year old! Took us 2.5 hours going from Monterosso to Vernazza. Views were spectacular to be sure. But it was not easy.

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