Start / Finish :
- Portovenere – Levanto.
- Both trailheads are serviced by regular public transport.
Season : All year
Maps / Info :
- I used the basic map and trekking notes contained in Lonely Planet’s Walking in Italy (1998). I found the information in this guidebook to be adequate for navigation purposes. The most recent edition of this guidebook was published in 2010. It is now titled Hiking in Italy.
- If you would like a more detailed map, try the 1:40,000 Le Cinque Terre E Il Golfo Di La Spezia .
Route / Conditions:
- The route I recommend is a combination of the Sentierro Rosso and the Sentiero Azzurro.
- Starting in Portovenere, follow the Sentiero Rosso until you reach the Colle del Telegrafo. From there descend to the picturesque village of Riomaggiore and link up with the Sentiero Azzuro (marked by blue paint splashes), which leads you to Monterosso al Mare.
- From Monterosso, take route #10 which climbs SW above Punta Mesco, at which time it rejoins the Sentiero Rosso and takes you all the way through to Levanto.
- It is not as complicated as it sounds. Just follow the coast and you can’t go to far wrong.
- Overnight in one of the many accommodation options available in Riomaggiore or Vernazza. I rented an apartment in Riomaggiore, and enjoyed it so much I ended up staying a week.
- An easy walk along the ridges and coastline overlooking the Ligurian Sea. Gorgeous scenery. Take your time. Lots of good food options along the way.