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Tuscany Mountain Walks

Cinque Terre - A Remarkable Day Out 

(Anybody choosing to follow this walk does so at their own risk and is entirely responsible for their own safety)

Journey Summary

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Reference Material

 


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Outbound 
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Car +Train + Boat 
Train + Train + Car
3:00 Out + 1:15 Back

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Journey Details

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
Outbound Car to Aulla Station
07:30 - 08:00
Aulla Station to La Spezia Station
08:09 - 08:33
La Spezia Port to Riomaggiore Port
09:15 to 10:30
Return Train to La Spezia
17:03 - 17:18
Train to Aulla
17:27 - 17:50
Car to Papavero
18:00 - 18:15




 







 

Recommended Route Description

 

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Overview
Cinque Terre is a rugged Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos and stunningly beautiful Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos section of Italian mediteranean coastline Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  in the region of Liguria, just North of La Spezia in Lunigiana.

It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and consists of five ancient villages (five lands), clinging to cliffs Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos beneath coastal mountains, and overlooking a sea Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos of incredible clarity and marine diversity. It can be explored by boat, by train Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos   Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  and on foot. This route uses all three methods of transport to visit all five villages!

Opportunities for a leisurely drink abound Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos . However, please note that to follow this itinerary you will need to buy a return train ticket - Aulla to La Spezia (6), a single boat ticket - La Spezia to Riomaggiore (12), a Cinque Terre access card (5) and a single train ticket from Monterosso to La Spezia (6). (That totals ~ 30  for a remarkable day out).

Cinque Terre has vast areas of terraced vineyards Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos, and 100s of miles of dry stone wall terracing.

It remained largely unknown to the outside world until the railway line between La Spezia and Genoa was built approximately 100 years ago. The local trains call at all five villages.

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From here, climb up the cliffside Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos on Path 6b  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos to the village of Volastra (1.3 miles) Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos . Then traverse the cliffs Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos north-westwards for a further 2.5 miles Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos, Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos enjoying fantastic views Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  .

On meeting Path 7a Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  descends south-westwards   Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos for 1.2 miles down to Corniglia  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos .

From here walk nort-westwards, just above above the coastline, Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos for 3.2 miles to reach Vernazza, a pretty postcard village built on and below a large rocky promontary Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos . It's worth stopping for refreshment here in one of the many bars in and around the seafront Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos  .

Then continue north-westwards for another 3.8 miles to Monterosso (Path 2) Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos Blue Camera Image for Linking Photos . From here, after further refreshment, catch the train back to La Spezia and on to Aulla.

 


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Walk Description As Above    
Walk Start Riomaggiore    

Paths Used

Sea Front(T), 6b(T), 6d(T), 7a(T), Coastal Paths(T)    
Walk Grade T    
Scramble/VF Dist (metres) n/a    
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Maximum Height (metres) 400    
Flat Speed (mph) 2.7    
Walk Distance (miles) 8.8    
Walk Ascent (metres) 558    
Walk Time 4:00    
Rest Recommendation Unlimited    
Rest Time 2:30    
Total Hill Time 6:30    
Total Trip Time (Villa to Villa) 10:45    
Leave Papavero @ 07:30    
Return to Papavero @ 18:15    

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