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Trail SVA (592)

 5 votes


7.2 Miles 11.6 Kilometers


1,901' 579 m


-1,969' -600 m



Avg Grade (6°)


Max Grade (24°)

700' 213 m


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A scenic coastal path connecting the 5 villages of the Cinque Terre.

Nicola Bordoni


The Riomaggiore - Manarola segment (Via dell'Amore) is closed due to a September 2012 rockslide. Trail N. 531 is an alternate route.

The Manarola - Corniglia segment has been closed for several years due to landslides that washed out parts of the trail, and recently a giant hole has opened up, making the trail impassable. An alternate route is Trail N. 506 - Trail N. 586 - Trail N. 587.
Features: River/Creek — Swimming — Views — Wildflowers


The first segment of this trail, between Riomaggiore and Manarola, is known as the Via dell'Amore. The trailhead is near the train station in Riomaggiore. A couple of flights of steps lead up to the stone-paved path, and from here until Manarola the trail is nearly flat, right over the sea. A ramp descends behind the Manarola train station and on to a tunnel to the village center.

At the exit of the tunnel in Manarola, turn left and follow the main street, lined with colorful pastel houses, until the sea. Turn right and follow the coast around Punta Bonfiglio. The trail climbs for a short distance before leveling off, then continues through Mediterranean scrub overlooking the sea. Just beyond the train station, the 350+ switchback steps of "Scalinata Lardarina" take you up to the village of Corniglia.

At the top of Scalinata Lardarina, cross the main road and continue straight ahead through the upper part of Corniglia. Continue past the church of San Pietro, until the trail joins the road. Turn right on the road and continue until the trail marker on the left. Cross the "Ponte del Canale" which passes over "Rio della Groppa", and continue on the winding trail through olive groves and Mediterranean scrub, high above Guvano beach. At the hamlet of Prevo, the trail descends to Vernazza, with a stunning view over the village, and with Punta Mesco in the distance.

At the intersection with Via Roma, the main street in Vernazza, cross straight ahead and follow the trail markers through the narrow village streets. Upon leaving the village, the harbour of Vernazza will be visible on your left, as you climb through vineyards and olive trees, and then Mediterranean scrub, along "Costa Messorano" and "Costa Linaro". After crossing a stone bridge and passing Acquapendente, a steep staircase descends through vineyards and lemon groves to Monterosso.

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Along the trail, you will see grapevines, olive trees, fruit trees and Mediterranean scrub.


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Nov 28, 2017
Filipe Guerra
Oct 27, 2017
Hope Wanroy
Gorgeous hike to our B&B along the trail from Vernazza to Corniglia. 2.7mi
Oct 19, 2017
David Emerson
Oct 5, 2017
R Isaza
From Monterossa to Corniglia. Arduous, regardless of what description says. Many, many stairs. 4.5mi
Sep 8, 2017
Alaa Khoury
Sep 3, 2017
Sheri Iverson
May 4, 2017
Nick Robbins
This trail is not completely open; you'll have to take alternate trails between Corniglia and Riomaggiore. The views are spectacular though
Aug 5, 2008
Andrew Clark

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We are in Cinque Terre right now May 2017. The hike from Monterosso to Vernazza is quite difficult. We have hiked in Southern Utah (very easy) and Mt Rainier (much more difficult than Utah) and other places. This is a very gorgeous hike, I would never say don't do it but it's not as easy as they advertise. I don't usually use poles but I wish I had them here. And I saw a (discreet) REI sticker! May 6, 2017
As of May 2017, Riomaggiore to Mararola to Corniglia are both closed. May 6, 2017

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