Trail 2, Riomaggiore

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Trail 2, also known as Sentiero Azzurro, connects the five villages that make up Cinque Terre. Hike through terraced hills covered in vineyards and olive trees, with panoramic views of the sea and the picturesque towns you will pass. Stop in each town to explore before continuing to the next. You may choose to hike the whole path, or choose a smaller portion, depending on your stamina and desires. Some of the paths include many stairs, so be sure you are prepared with good walking shoes, water, and plenty of sunscreen. You can buy a day trail pass, which includes transportation on the park buses and access to the trails. For a little more money, another pass allows you to ride the train between Levanto and La Spezia as well. Put Trail 2 into our Cinque Terre trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Cinque Terre.
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  • The famous Trail of love (Via Dell'amore) joined the Rio Maggiore and Manarola, which led a life so isolated from each other for centuries, that even the phonetics of the Italian language in these vil...  more »
  • The main Cinque Terre coastal trail is only partly open, but the parts that you're allowed to hike are gorgeous.  more »
  • What a beautiful way to see the area. All though the hike was a little hard it was well worth the effort.  more »

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Where to stay in Cinque Terre

Each of the five villages offer plenty of options--typically guesthouses or bed and breakfasts housed in brightly colored houses offering views over the water. If you want to explore Cinque Terre over several days, spend the first night in Riomaggiore--the most accessible of the five villages--then stay in Corniglia or Vernazza on your second night. That way, you can explore Manarola and Monterosso on day trips. You'll struggle to find budget accommodations in Cinque Terre, so expect to pay a premium and plan ahead.
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