The Cinque Terre for people with reduced mobility
The main attraction offered to tourists in the Cinque Terre is walking. Even if most of the trails are not equipped for people with reduced mobility, you can always spend your vacation by the seaside in the villages of the Cinque Terre, enjoying good food, the excellent local wine, relaxing on the beach and visiting the local sights. In the Cinque Terre the main public places are equipped for persons with reduced mobility. It may also be useful to read the page of this site “How seniors can spend their time in the Cinque Terre”.
Getting around by boat with a wheelchair
To board the boat, you must fold the wheelchair and someone will help you to get aboard. Keep in mind that in the ports of Monterosso, Portovenere and La Spezia there are no steps. But in Vernazza, Manarola and Riomaggiore, access is difficult for people with reduced mobility: you have to go along narrow pathways through the rocks and there are numerous steps. We do not recommend visiting the villages by boat!
Train travel with a wheelchair
Almost all the railway stations of the Cinque Terre are equipped with elevators for the disabled (and in the villages themselves there are elevators to facilitate movement). To use them you have to go to the station personnel. Unfortunately, sometimes the elevators at the stations are out of service, but in the Cinque Terre it’s not a problem! There are not many stairs and friendly Italians will be happy to help you manage them, so don’t worry.
Where to stay for a person with reduced mobility
The best solution is the village of Monterosso, which is located on the coast of the Cinque Terre and is the flattest. Use the special search tool for hotels, where you will find the accommodation options with the note "Rooms/Facilities for Disabled Guests". Guarantee of lowest price online!
Path of Love trail on a wheelchair
The Path of Love is equipped with elevator and is the only trail in the park really accessible to all.
The current condition of the route: closed for a long period. Reason: reconstruction work. It should fully open from April 2019. More info: only the first 200 meters (650 ft) are open (from the Manarola side).