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Walk from Manarola to Riomaggiore

by Brontesurfer

Hi Does anyone know if you need the Cinque Terre card to do the short walk between Manarola and Riomaggiore. Understand some there is no charge for some sections of the walk. Thank you.

Re: Walk from Manarola to Riomaggiore

by craic

if i remember right that is the via d'amore

when we did it - 3 or 4 years ago - a young man was sitting at the manarola end checking tickets and selling them if necessary - 3 uro, something liek that

we could have bought one cheaper when we bought our train tickets but didn't know that

we may have gone at a busy time and the young man doesn't sit there all the time - or it may have changed

Re: Walk from Manarola to Riomaggiore

by goodfish

Hmmm, according to this source (and others I ran across) you need to buy the pass to walk the Via Dell'Amore: the section of the trail that runs between Riomaggiore and Manarola. It takes about 30 minutes.

"You can approach the trail from Riomaggiore or theManarola entrance. There are many signs pointing to the walk entrance so you can’t miss it. We wanted to work our way from south to north of the Cinque Terre so we started from Riomaggiore.
Via dell’Amore forms part of the Cinque Terre walking trails which are managed by the Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre. You have to pay an entrance fee to walk the trail and there are Control Points at both ends of the path where you’ll be asked to produce your ticket. If you’ve bought a Cinque Terre Card, it covers the entrance to Via dell’Amore."

Re: Walk from Manarola to Riomaggiore

by sirgaw

Our visit was 3 years ago and there seemed to be CQ Gestapo everywhere to make sure everyone had bought the CQ card. It does also cover rail transport between the 5 towns as well as La Spezia, The walk between those 2 towns is really great and worth the effort and price.

Re: Walk from Manarola to Riomaggiore

by Beausoleil

You can get a combo train-walk ticket that is nice. First, they do check and you have to have a ticket or you will be turned back. Get the ticket at the train station. We ended up walking the paths and then taking the train back. The train stations have wifi also which is nice if you are looking for it.

Don't plan on walking the trails by yourself; there will be shoulder-to-shoulder people walking along with you. The views are beautiful, but it is definitely crowded. Check the weather too because we've seen parts of the path closed for landslides when there had been particularly rainy weather. I think that was in November but would have to check my Journals to be sure.

Re: Walk from Manarola to Riomaggiore

by johnfromoz

We were there in May & you definitely need a ticket as there is a little booth to check tickets at the start of the walk. When you get off the train in Manarola there is a ticket office as you leave the train platform buy your ticket there. Well worth the couple of euros for such a lovely walk.

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by tini58de

Here are some links that might help you planning your vacation:

Aerial view of Riomaggiore

Cinque Terre Pass

by wilocrek

If your planning to be in Cinque Terre for at least 3 days I would recommend buying the 3 day Cinque Terre Pass that includes access to all the trails and also unlimited use of the commuter train that runs between all five villages. In Feb. 2008 I paid roughly 20 euro for my pass, it was well worth it. You can buy the pass at any of the train stations, the pass also comes with a map and train schedule.

The Cinque Terre Card

by tini58de

The Cinque Terre Card is your entrance card for the hiking path #2 from Monterosso al Mare to Riomaggiore (and/or vice versa). It also includes all trainrides between La Spezia and Levanto for the period of validity, which is either 1, 3 or 7 days.

In 2006 the rates were as follows:

- Eur 5.20 (1 day )
- Eur 12.40 (3 days)
- Eur 19.50 (7 days)

The tickets can be obtained at the entrances of the hiking paths or at the local tourist offices or train stations. You get some very useful information along with it!


by tini58de

The Cinque Terre have traditionally been a region of fishing and also here in Riomaggiore this shows: you will see those small fishing boats in the harbor and in the late afternoon you will also be able to watch fishermen work on their nets.

And if you look at the menues in the restaurants: fresh fish and seafood everywhere!

Some other customs

by toonsarah

These photos show some other local customs we spotted and liked:
Photo 1 ~ on a Sunday evening all the older locals seem to make a point of coming out, dressed no doubt in their Sunday best, to sit on a bench, gossip with each other, and watch the world go by
Photo 2 ~ a baby has been born to the family living here and this sign hangs on the door to announce her arrival: “è nata Iris”
Photo 3 ~ I think this one speaks for itself (and no, I’m afraid I didn’t pay the requested €1 to take this photo but rather grabbed the shot quickly while passing the restaurant where this plant pot perches on a ledge)
Photo 4 ~ a reminder of the lovely custom I mentioned in my Via dell’Amore tip, wherein local couples fasten a padlock to a railing as a sign of their commitment to each other


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