Last update: December 2018.

The Azure Trail: Manarola - Corniglia

The Trail, described here on this page, is highlighted on the map. In case you are interested in the other route, just click on it to read more information, or visit the page “Hiking trails in the Cinque Terre”, where you can find the information on the main routes.

The current status of the trail (December 2018): The trail is closed for a long period (approximately till: 2019). More info: only the first 300 meters (950 ft) are open (from the Manarola side).

Some main information about the trail

Time for walking: 45 minutes.
Distance: 2,5 km (1,5 miles).
The maximum height: 100 metres (330 ft.).
Difficulty level: simple.

Recommended direction: almost doesn't matter (read below).
The cost: Cinque Terre card is needed to enter The Azure Trail.

The Trail description

This is the second most visited route in the Cinque Terre Park (The Path of Love is the most popular). The trail takes its beginning at the sea in Manarola, rounding the hill with a panorama to the village (as the photo shows).

View from the promenade, Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy
View from the promenade, Manarola
Manarola - Corniglia (view of the start of the path on the side of Manarola), Blue Trail, Cinque Terre, Italy
Manarola - Corniglia (view of the start of the path on the side of Manarola), Blue Trail

It is very easy to walk, despite being high, that's why there's no possibility to walk with the baby carriage.

Manarola - Corniglia path, Blue Trail, Cinque Terre, Italy
Manarola - Corniglia path
Manarola - Corniglia path, Blue Trail, Cinque Terre, Italy
Manarola - Corniglia path

The trail can often be under reconstruction because of the terrain peculiarities.

The route was closed because of the landslide in 2010. It was planned to open it again in 2015, but due to the heavy rain, some new landslides occurred and it was closed again for reconstruction.

Even if the trail is under the reconstruction, first 200 metres/yd. at the hill near Manarola are always open. Take a walk to the panorama viewing point, where you can enjoy a spectacular view (the best in the Park).

Manarola - Corniglia path, constant landslides, Blue Trail, Cinque Terre, Italy
Manarola - Corniglia path, constant landslides
Manarola - Corniglia path, constant landslides, Blue Trail, Cinque Terre, Italy
Manarola - Corniglia path, constant landslides

The trail connects Manarola with Corniglia. Please be careful: starting from Manarola, near the railway station in Corniglia, you will need to walk up 382 steps or take a bus (the price for the ticket is included in the Cinque Terre card). Walking down the stairs won't be so exhausting if the starting point of the route starts from Corniglia.

View from San Bernardino, Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy
View from San Bernardino, Corniglia
Manarola - Corniglia path, stairs to the village, Blue Trail, Cinque Terre, Italy
Manarola - Corniglia path, stairs to the village, Blue Trail

Text printed from website www.cinqueterrehike.com

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