Last update: September 2019.

The Azure Trail: Riomaggiore - Manarola (Path of Love)

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 (September 2019): The trail is closed for a long period (expected to open in April 2021). More info: only the first 200 meters (650 ft) are open (from the Manarola side).

Some main information about the trail

Time for walking: 20 minutes.
Distance: 950 metres (0,59 miles).
The maximum height: 50 metres (164 ft.).
Difficulty level: simple.

Recommended direction: no matter.
The cost: Cinque Terre card is needed to enter The Azure Trail.

The Trail description

The legendary Path of Love, or locals would say Via dell'Amore, is the most popular and the shortest trail in the Cinque Terre. Everyone can walk here: from baby to adult and even physically challenged people. The Path of Love is cut out in the rock, just above the water surface.

Riomaggiore - Manarola (Path of Love), Blue Trail, Cinque Terre, Italy
Riomaggiore - Manarola (Path of Love)
Riomaggiore - Manarola (Path of Love), Blue Trail, Cinque Terre, Italy
Riomaggiore - Manarola (Path of Love)

If you want, you can descend from the rock and have a rest near the water. Strolling in the evenings can be more enjoyable than ever, because the Path is lit when it's getting dark. While walking, you can admire diverse types of sandstones and Mediterranean-like bushes on the hillsides.

Riomaggiore - Manarola (Path of Love), Blue Trail, Cinque Terre, Italy
Riomaggiore - Manarola (Path of Love)
The descent to the sea from the Path of Love, Blue Trail, Cinque Terre, Italy
The descent to the sea from the Path of Love
The descent to the sea from the Path of Love, Blue Trail, Cinque Terre, Italy
The descent to the sea from the Path of Love
Tunnel to the train station of Manarola and to the beginning of Path of Love, Blue Trail, Cinque Terre, Italy
Tunnel to the train station of Manarola and to the beginning of Path of Love

Landscape beauty and suitability for entry level walking make this trail the most visited in the Five Lands. Unfortunately, the Path of Love faced a big landslide in 2012 which led to some damages of the trail.

Landslide safety net on the Path of Love, Blue Trail, Cinque Terre, Italy
Landslide safety net on the Path of Love
Riomaggiore - Manarola (Path of Love) from the air, Blue Trail, Cinque Terre, Italy
Riomaggiore - Manarola (Path of Love) from the air

The trail starts from the railway station in Riomaggiore and ends near the railway station in Manarola, the nearest Cinque Terre villages to each other.

View from the promenade, Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy
View from the promenade, Manarola
Aerial view by drone, Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy
Aerial view by drone, Riomaggiore

Text printed from website www.cinqueterrehike.com

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