Trekking paths in the Cinque Terre

Hello, We plan to go trekking in the Cinque Terre NP in August. I have read on http://savevernazza.com/traveladvisortrailupdates/ that Coastal Trail #2 between Manarola and Vernazza should reopen June 15, 2013. We would like to know whether it is actually open now. Thanks in advance for response.
Nathalie, France

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17750 posts

Nathalie, The information on the Save Vernazza website seems to be a bit "out-of-date". According to the "official" Park website, the current Sentiero Azzurro (No. 2) trail status is as Larry mentioned in the previous reply. Here's a link for the Park website: http://www.parconazionale5terre.it/sentieri_parco.asp?id_lingue=1 The Via dell'Amore from Riomaggiore to Manarola is expected to remain closed for the remainder of the year. It's been closed since last September when a severe rock slide injured four Australian tourists. The trail segment from Manarola to Corniglia could re-open at any time, so keep checking the Park website. Happy travels!

Posted by Larry
Elk Grove, CA, USA
6708 posts

Nathalie, Trail #2 consists of four different trail segments along the coast from Riomaggiore to Monterosso. The segments between Corniglia and Vernazza and from Vernazza to Monterosso are open. The segments between Riomaggiore and Manarola and from Manarola to Corniglia remain closed. You can take the train to Corniglia and then take the mini-bus up to Corniglia (unless you want to walk up 400+ stairs from the train station) and you can walk the two segments that are open. Or, you can do them in reverse and walk down the 400+ stairs (which we have done).

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17750 posts

Nathalie, I'm not sure you'll find too many campsites in that area, as it seems to be structured more for hotel or apartment stays. As you've found so far, if you want to camp, you may have to settle for a location which is somewhat distant from the Cinque Terre and possibly expensive. If you're interested in cheap accommodations, there are Hostels in both Manarola and Corniglia, which probably aren't much more than €35 per night (I haven't checked recently). Cheers!

Posted by Nathalie
Limoges, France
2 posts

Hello, Many thanks to both of you for these helpful replies. I had not found the web page with the trail map of the Italian Alpine Club. It will be very useful when walking. I'm also searching for good (i.e. quiet and well shaded) campsites in the area. I only found a few ones in Levanto, but they are very expensive : about 35 euros per night for two and a tiny tent... If you have any further information on this subject, I take it ! Thank you,
Nathalie