Monterosso to Vernazza by the coast path
Country - Italy
Region - Ligurian Coast (including Cinque Terre)
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 3.0 km / 1.9 miles
Time - 2.00 hours
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This linear coastal walk provides links two interesting towns of the Cinque Terre. The route uses the Sentiero Azzurro (Path 2) which links the five villages. However recent landslides have closed some sections of this path. This walk can be combined with the section onwards from Vernazza to Corniglia (see Walk 6145). This path can be very busy and there are no refreshments available between the two towns. If you wish there is a frequent train service along the coast connecting Vernazza with Monterosso so there is no need to retrace this route.
This walk starts from the seafront in Monterosso. Walk south along the promenade (with the sea to your right). The path continue passing below the Hotel Porta Roca. The climb out of Monterosso includes a number of stepped sections as you climb through vineyards and terraces. Reaching the highest point of the path you get a view back to Monterosso and ahead to Vernazza.
The way ahead is never in doubt and the descent into Vernazza is easy to follow through a similar landscape to the ascent. Vernazza offers a wide range of refreshment possibilities.
- Kompass - Sheet 644 - Cinque Terre - scale 1:50000
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Do enjoy yourself when out walking and choose a route that is within your capabilities especially with regard to navigation.
Do turn back if the weather deteriorates especially in winter or when visibility is poor.
Do wear the right clothing for the anticipated weather conditions. If the weather is likely to change for the worse make sure you have enough extra clothing in your pack.
Do tell someone where you are planning to walk especially in areas that see few other walkers.
Do take maps and other navigational aids. Do not rely on mobile devices in areas where reception is poor. Take spare batteries especially in cold weather.
Do check the weather forecast before leaving. The Met Office has a number of forecasts for walkers that identify specific weather risks.
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