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Cinque Terre, Monterosso to Bonassola

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Cinque Terre, Monterosso to Bonassola

Cinque Terre, Monterosso to Bonassola - 7 days

Cinque Terre, Monterosso to Bonassola - 7 days

This trip takes you in the magical atmosphere of colorful Cinque Terre and the villages around them: you may ask yourself if they deserve their popularity and the answer is yes, they do. 

Be ready to walk along coastal paths covered in widlflowers, maritime pine and juniper-scented forests, gorgeous vineyards and panoramic views on the sea: a constant travel companion, showing a different side with every day of walking. 

At the end of the path you'll find colorful, lively villages, churches surrounded by oleanders and secular trees, squares filled with voices and light, tiny restaurants offering freshly caught fish .

Day 1: Monterosso
Day 2: From Monterosso to Colle di Gritta, 9 km
Day 3: You can choose between two options for this day
Day 4: From Riomaggiore to Porto Venere, 17 km
Day 5: From Monterosso to Bonassola, 10 km
Day 6: From Bonassola to Deiva Marina, 12,5 km
Day 7: Bonassola

Day 1:    Monterosso

Today you can prepare for your travel enjoying the fresh, crisp seaside breeze, or relaxing with a little walk in the beautiful historic centre of Monterosso: go up to the Torre Aurora for a unique view on the sea, or admire the Giant, the enormous stone man sitting on the rocks. Try the anchovies for dinner: they're a local speciality.

Day 2:    From Monterosso to Colle di Gritta, 9 km

Your first day of travel will lead you to a more internal area, through a varied landscape: you will walk along the Cappuccini Church, a Unesco heritage site (together with the Cinque Terre), then  proceeding your walk accompanied by the scent of sea pines and Juniper, whose berries grow in the bushes along your path. Once arrived at Punta Mesco, concede yourself a rest a little among the Agave plants, before going back to Monterosso, descending a series of captivating old stone footpaths.

Distance: 9 km

Elevation gain: +690/-690 m

Day 3:    You can choose between two options for this day
  • From Soviore to Monterosso 10 km

The itinerary starts from the Soviore Monastery: before beginning your walk, enter its door to admire the beautiful frescoed vault. After a brief stretch of asphalted road, you will descend through a panoramic path to the Madonna di Reggio Sanctuary, with its beautiful stone façade surrounded by secular trees. From here you will continue to Vernazza: don't miss the panoramic view from the Santa Margherita church, before going back to Monterosso following the Coastal Road.

Distance: 10 km

Elevation gain: +643/-1098 m

  • From Corniglia to Manarola 11 km

From Monterosso you can reach Corniglia with a brief train ride: the most adventurous ones will face its 380 steps, before setting off for Riomaggiore. Here you will be able to take a little break, wandering through the typical colorful houses, and you will discover that local specialities are based on rice, and not on fish. From Riomaggiore you can go back to Monterosso by train, but we suggest to continue along the Coastal road to Manarola, even just for a glass of Sciacchetrà.

Distance: 11 km

Elevation gain: +742/-361 m

Day 4:    From Riomaggiore to Porto Venere, 17 km

Let yourselves be inspired by this wonderful walk, following the path of the English writers Shelley and Byron: a path through the woods will lead you to the La Spezia Gulf, where you will enjoy a breath-taking view on the coast and islands. From this point you will descend through occasioally steep foothpaths until entering the door of Porto Venere, dominated by the beautiful castle.

Distance: 17 km

Elevation gain: +723/-744 m

Day 5:    From Monterosso to Bonassola, 10 km

Today you will follow the coastline from Monterosso to Levanto, the painters' paradise, through one of the most enchanting paths of the Cinque Terre.  Levanto will enchant you with its wonderful position, in the centre of a charming valley surrounded by green hills and uncontaminated nature: you will be able to admire the Sant'Andrea Church façade, surrounded by Olivander trees. Then, walk through the carruggi and savour the delicious herbs ravioli with pesto for lunch. From this point you will continue towards Bonassola, through olive groves and lemon trees.

Distance: 10 km

Elevation gain: +770/-774 m

Day 6:    From Bonassola to Deiva Marina, 12,5 km

Your last day of walk will lead you to discover the hills surrounding Bonassola, through a panoramic route offering wonderful views on the northern Liguria coast. If the weather is good we suggest to stop for a bath in Framura, before continuing towards Deiva Marina, where you will be able to enjoy an ice cream wandering in the historic centre admiring the well preserved Control Towers, built during the Genoa domination.

Distance: 12,5 km

Elevation gain: +657/-643 m

Day 7:    Bonassola

The service ends after breakfast.


Nights in double room in *** hotel with breakfast

Hotel Marina Monterosso
Hotel Marina - Monterosso

Hotel Marina*** lies in a quiet area, 100 meters from the sea. Rooms are beautifully decorated, spacious and well finished with free Wifi, air-conditioning/heated, TV, telephone. Breakfast is very good and various and the staff is welcoming and helpful.

Hotel Villa Belvedere - Bonassola
Hotel Villa Belvedere - Bonassola

Hotel Villa Belvedere is located on a hill overlooking the blue bay of Bonassola and has a big garden. Rooms overlooking the sea and the surroundings and are furnished in a simple way, clean but not very soundproofed. Accommodations have heating, telephone, TV, Free Wifi, ceiling fan. Breakfast is good and various.

practical info

Nearly all trains from Genoa go directly to Monterosso, only sometimes you need to change either in Sestri Levante or la Spezia (approximately 1.5 to 2 hours).

From Pisa airport (PSA), you have to change at Pisa Centrale, and again at La Spezia for a local train that stops in Monterosso al Mare (approximately 2 hours).

On departure, you can easily reach the aiports of Pisa (PSA), Genova (GOA) and Florence (FLR) from Bonassola.

Train timetables available on

GPS tracks are available on request.


What is included

  • 6 Nights in double room in **/*** hotels , B&B and agriturismi with breakfast
  • Cinque Terre Card for Cinque Terre National Park, valid for 2 days
  • luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
  • maps and detailed description of the itinerary
  • Medical and luggage travel insurance
  • 24h phone assistance

What is not included 

  • Transfers to the starting location and from the arriving location of the tour
  • lunches and dinners, if not otherwise stated
  • visits and entrance fees - tips
  • personal expense
  • possible sojourn taxes
  • everything that is not mentioned in the "What is included" section.

Optional Services

These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:

  • Single room supplement
  • cancellation insurance
  • Transfers to reach the starting location or to leave the arriving location of the tour, which will be quoted on request.
Is this trip for me?

This great trip is perfect for those who have never been to Cinque Terre but would like to explore them in a more active way. You should consider that the trip includes some challenging ascents and descents: choose it if you are fit and not a vertigo sufferer, as the hikes include some exposed sections. The unique views on the Cinque Terre gulf are well worth the effort! 

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