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Last update: April, 2017.

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The Blue Trail and the Path of Love

The Blue Trail is the most well-known trail in the Cinque Terre. It connects all five villages and because of this it is divided into four sections. It is the shortest route between two villages with the track passing close to the sea. But the negative aspect is that there are often landslides after rain and a part of it can be closed for restoration work that can last for years.

Tourists often choose this trail, but if you love trekking we suggest you also consider some of the other longer trails which are higher up and offer better views. The most important thing to remember is to bring comfortable shoes which are suitable for walking.

Sections of the Blue Trail (Sentiero Azzurro) which are currently closed and map

Interactive map. Information updated to April, 2017.

Riomaggiore - Manarola (the Path of Love)

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).

Manarola - Corniglia (short way)

The current condition of the route: closed for a long period. Reason: landslides and instability of the terrain. The opening date is currently unknown (it won’t be in the coming years). More info: only the first 300 meters (950 ft) are open (from the Manarola side).

If a section of the Blue Trail which is of interest to you is closed (marked on the map), consider other itineraries. They’re all indicated on the page “Popular Trails

Entry ticket to the Blue Trail (Sentiero Azzurro)

Due to the fact that the Sentiero Azzurro is always under reconstruction, you have to pay to access it. You will need to purchase the “Cinque Terre Card” even to walk just one section and it is valid for the current day only. There is more information on this in a separate page.

The Path of Love (Via dell'Amore)

Path of Love from Riomaggiore to Manarola, Trails, Cinque Terre, Italy
Path of Love from Riomaggiore to Manarola
20 min.
920 m (0.57 mi.)
33 m (109 ft)
50 m (165 ft)
100-110 kcal
Very easy

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).

This is the shortest and most famous part of the Blue trail and it connects Manarola and Riomaggiore. This section has evening lighting and also has elevators for the disabled. There are no variations in altitude, so it's a really great walk.

Manarola – Corniglia

Blue Trail from Manarola to Corniglia, Trails, Cinque Terre, Italy
Blue Trail from Manarola to Corniglia
45 min.
2.5 km (1.6 mi.)
131 m (430 ft)
100 m (329 ft)
250-270 kcal
Easy

The current condition of the route: closed for a long period. Reason: landslides and instability of the terrain. The opening date is currently unknown (it won’t be in the coming years). More info: only the first 300 meters (950 ft) are open (from the Manarola side).

The second easiest part of the Blue trail has minimal differences of altitude which are almost imperceptible, but because of the steep slopes which fall below the trail there are often landslides. It takes years to restore the trail and access is impossible during that time.

Corniglia – Vernazza

Blue Trail from Corniglia to Vernazza, Trails, Cinque Terre, Italy
Blue Trail from Corniglia to Vernazza
1 h 30 min.
3.2 km (2 mi.)
220 m (722 ft)
220 m (722 ft)
500-550 kcal
Easy

The current condition of the route: Open.

A popular trail with tourists which is easier from Corniglia.

Vernazza – Monterosso al Mare

Blue Trail from Monterosso to Vernazza, Trails, Cinque Terre, Italy
Blue Trail from Monterosso to Vernazza
1 h 20 min.
3.3 km (2.1 mi.)
180 m (591 ft)
175 m (575 ft)
480-540 kcal
Easy

The current condition of the route: Open. Opening date: March 04, 2017.

This is the most well-known trail in the Cinque Terre after the Path of Love (really short and easy), so if you wish to walk just one trail then you should choose this! It’s best to start your walk in the morning from Vernazza or in the afternoon from Monterosso so you don’t have the sun in your face.

Other photos of the Blue Trail (Sentiero Azzurro)

Blue Trail from Manarola to Corniglia, Trails, Cinque Terre, Italy
Blue Trail from Manarola to Corniglia
Blue Trail from Corniglia to Manarola, Trails, Cinque Terre, Italy
Blue Trail from Corniglia to Manarola
Blue Trail from Vernazza to Corniglia, Trails, Cinque Terre, Italy
Blue Trail from Vernazza to Corniglia
Blue Trail from Vernazza to Corniglia, Trails, Cinque Terre, Italy
Blue Trail from Vernazza to Corniglia
Blue Trail from Monterosso to Vernazza, Trails, Cinque Terre, Italy
Blue Trail from Monterosso to Vernazza
Cat refuge on the Blue Trail from Monterosso to Vernazza, Trails, Cinque Terre, Italy
Cat refuge on the Blue Trail from Monterosso to Vernazza
Blue Trail from Monterosso to Vernazza, Trails, Cinque Terre, Italy
Blue Trail from Monterosso to Vernazza

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