Hike Vernazza to Monterosso ★★

The Cinque Terre trail between Vernazza and Monterosso, Hike Vernazza to Monterosso, Cinque Terre, Italy (Photo by Frans-Banja Mulder)
The Cinque Terre trail between Vernazza and Monterosso

A hilly and challenging 3km (2 miles): 2 hours

Vernazza as seen from the Cinque Terre trail between Vernazza and Monterosso, Hike Vernazza to Monterosso, Cinque Terre, Italy. (Photo by jim walton)
The Cinque Terre trail between Vernazza and Monterosso, Hike Vernazza to Monterosso, Cinque Terre, Italy. (Photo by Frans-Banja Mulder)
Several steep staircases lies near the Monterosso end of the Cinque Terre trail between Vernazza and Monterosso, Hike Vernazza to Monterosso, Cinque Terre, Italy. (Photo by Frans-Banja Mulder)
Monterosso al Mare as seen from the Cinque Terre trail between Vernazza and Monterosso, Hike Vernazza to Monterosso, Cinque Terre, Italy. (Photo by Superchilum)

The northernmost trail is the most challenging: a steep ascent and descent over the ridge between Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare, northernmost of the Cinque Terre and the only one with a proper, sandy beach (and a big parking lot and commensurate crowds of Italians).

It's the hardest, but the most rewarding of the trails, with the greatest variety of scenery and vegetation.

Photo gallery
  • The Cinque Terre trail between Vernazza and Monterosso, Hike Vernazza to Monterosso, Italy (Photo by Frans-Banja Mulder)
  • Vernazza as seen from the Cinque Terre trail between Vernazza and Monterosso, Hike Vernazza to Monterosso, Italy (Photo by jim walton)
  • The Cinque Terre trail between Vernazza and Monterosso, Hike Vernazza to Monterosso, Italy (Photo by Frans-Banja Mulder)
  • Several steep staircases lies near the Monterosso end of the Cinque Terre trail between Vernazza and Monterosso, Hike Vernazza to Monterosso, Italy (Photo by Frans-Banja Mulder)
  • Monterosso al Mare as seen from the Cinque Terre trail between Vernazza and Monterosso, Hike Vernazza to Monterosso, Italy (Photo by Superchilum)

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Poppies by the trial (Photo by Massimilianogalardi)

The trails linking the five villages—especially the rugged Vernazza-Monterosso section—offer a wonderful and rewarding mix of environments and scenery