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
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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