Last update: September 2019.

The trail: Riomaggiore - Manarola (via Beccara)

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 temporarily inaccessible (expected to open in April 2020).

Some main information about the trail

Time for walking: 1 hour.
Distance: 1,4 km (0,86 miles).
The maximum height: 249 metres (817 ft.).
Difficulty level: medium.

Recommended direction: no matter.

The Trail description

This trail leads from Manarola to Riomaggiore, these are the two nearest villages to each other in the Cinque Terre. They are also connected by the Path of Love, which takes its course at the foothill. When the Path of Love is closed, via Beccara is an alternative route between the villages.

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

Let us suppose that you are planning your trip from Manarola, In such case the trail will start from the central square, near the church. If your route starts from Riomaggiore, check with the map, because you will need to go up from the railway station via serpentines road. Then, you will see the sign of the trail beginning.

Church of San Lorenzo and central square, Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy
Church of San Lorenzo and central square, Manarola
The path from Manarola to Riomaggiore, Beccara trail, Cinque Terre, Italy
The path from Manarola to Riomaggiore, Beccara trail

The route is not long, but a special one: Manarola and Riomaggiore, situated next to each other, are divided by the 249 metres (817.9 ft.) hill, and via Beccara wends its way through the hill’s top, that's why the trail starts gaining height and then suddenly goes down. Here you will find 620 steps on each side of the hill.

The large number of steps, Beccara trail, Cinque Terre, Italy
The large number of steps, Beccara trail
The large number of steps, Beccara trail, Cinque Terre, Italy
The large number of steps, Beccara trail

The trail is a quite popular place for walking in winter, as there is a tradition in Manarola to organise a Christmas nativity scene (Presepe). The exposition can be distinctly seen from via Beccara. More details on the nativity scene are here: The Nativity Scene in Manarola (Presepe).

View of Presepe from Beccara trail, Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy
View of Presepe from Beccara trail, Manarola
View of Presepe from Beccara trail, Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy
View of Presepe from Beccara trail, Manarola

Text printed from website www.cinqueterrehike.com

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