The Via dell’Amore hiking trail in Cinque Terre, Italy runs between Riomaggiore and Manarola. I use the term hiking trail loosely because it is actually a paved path and is very easy to walk. It would be easy to push a stroller or wheelchair on the path but I do not believe the path is wheelchair accessible. To get to the Via dell’ Amore you have to walk up a series of steep stairs.
All of the trails in the Cinque Terre require a purchased ticket and the Via dell’Amore is no exception. You can purchase 1-day, 2-day, 3-day and 7-day Cinque Terre Cards. These cards allow you to hike all of the trails in the Cinque Terre.
There are benches where you can sit and admire the view or just watch all the people wandering by. There is a small restaurant on the Via dell’Amore where you can get something to eat and drink. Picnic tables with a spectacular view are located above the restaurant. You do have to walk up a number of steps to get to the picnic area.
The path is one of the main tourist attractions in the area and is part of the Cinque Terre National Park, a World Heritage Site. This trail is known as The Pathway of Love and follows the sea.
There is a lookout where couples come to place a lock with their names on the railing and throw the key into the sea. Symbolizing their love will last forever. It is a perfect walk for lovers on honeymoons.
Although the Via dell’Amore is an easy walk, it may not be for you if you have a fear of heights. There is a railing all along the trail, but there is a long steep drop off from the railing to the Sea.
Not all of the trails in the Cinque Terre are easy so don’t be fooled. Just because you find the Via dell’ Amore to be a leisurely stroll does not mean you won’t find some of the other trails challenging. It is a good choice for walkers of all fitness levels.
Here is a video with scenes from the trail:
If you want an excellent guide to Cinque Terre click this link or the picture below to check out Rick Steves’ guidebook: