Walking the Via Dell’Amore to Manarola in Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre on the Ligurian Coast of Italy has some of the most spectacular coastline that I have seen, and the five tiny villages that make up Cinque Terre cling to little coves in the steep cliffs of this beautiful coastline. Probably the best way to explore this region is by walking the trails between the villages, which at the longest is still only a couple of kilometres. We had spent the past couple of days exploring Cinque Terre by ferry, train and on foot between the villages, and now only had one more village to explore – Manarola.

In the morning we had caught the ferry from Monterosso al Mare to the beautiful village of Riomaggiore, and had decided to get to Manarola via the shortest and easiest walk on Cinque Terre – Via Dell’Amore, which roughly translates to Lovers Walk. Since we were on our honeymoon at the time, this sounded ideal.

From above the village of Riomaggiore, Via Dell’Amore is a fairly flat paved path that clings to the typical steep coastline of this region. When we reached a gate that had a pair of hearts with love locks on it, I knew that we must be on the right track.

Coastline on Via Dell'Amore in Cinque Terre, Italy

Spectacular coastline at the start of Via Dell’Amore

Love locks on Via Dell'Amore in Cinque Terre, Italy

Love locks on the gate at the start of the walk

Hand in hand, Veronika and I walked along the path while other couples did the same. The views were breathtaking, which I had now become accustomed to here on the Cinque Terre. All along the path, where ever there was a spot available, there were padlocks that couples had placed as a symbol of their love for each other. When we entered into a beautiful tunnel with windowed views to the ocean, we found ourselves at the “Love Seat”, which is built in the shape of two people embraced in a kiss, and it is completed surrounded by hundreds of love locks. Despite the graffiti on the seat, this is a very romantic spot.

Coastline on Via Dell'Amore in Cinque Terre, Italy

Looking back towards Riomaggiore, with Via Dell’Amore carved into the coastline

A yacht on Via Dell'Amore in Cinque Terre, Italy

View of a yacht behind a huge cactus flower

The love seat on Via Dell'Amore in Cinque Terre, Italy

The Love Seat surrounded by love locks

Honeymoon kiss on Via Dell'Amore in Cinque Terre, Italy

Sharing a honeymoon kiss on Via Dell’Amore

The rest of the trail clung to the cliffs as we made our way to Manarola, finishing at the train station which we bypassed to head into the village to look around.

People placing a love lock on Via Dell'Amore in Cinque Terre, Italy

A couple places a love lock on Via Dell’Amore

A bar with a great view on Via Dell'Amore in Cinque Terre, Italy

A ristorante with a great view near Manarola

Manarola train station Via Dell'Amore in Cinque Terre, Italy

Manarola Train Station

Manarola is another beautiful little village, with interesting shops, cafes and colourful boats lining it’s main street. We walked down through town to the harbour, which has no beach, but instead has some interesting rock pools which would be great for swimming. We caught the train back to Monterosso, ending an amazing few days in Cinque Terre.

Main street in Manarola in Cinque Terre, Italy

The main street in Manarola

Rock pools in Manarola in Cinque Terre, Italy

Rock pools in Manarola’s harbour

Via Dell’Amore is the perfect path to take a romantic stroll with your partner in Cinque Terre, in possibly the most romantic country in the world. I think it would be very difficult to have a bad honeymoon in Italy.


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  • Christy Nov 22, 2012

    We did this hike too and loved it!
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    • Dean Wickham Nov 22, 2012

      Hey Christy, that’s great! It’s a really nice walk.

  • Althea Young Nov 22, 2012

    Love the place very much. By the way, thanks a lot for sharing this to us I really appreciate it. Sometimes we did some walking nearby and it is great feeling.
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    • Dean Wickham Nov 22, 2012

      Glad you liked the post Althea. Cinque Terre is lovely place to explore.

  • Lisa Nov 24, 2012

    Cinque Terre is truly one of those magical places. I was there prior to the big flood and looking forward to returning again. Great post!

    • Dean Wickham Nov 29, 2012

      Thank you Lisa. Magical is a great word to describe it 🙂

  • kami Nov 27, 2012

    amazing pictures! they make me wanna go back to Cinque Terre and do this hike as I didn’t have enough time when I was there back in 2005

    • Dean Wickham Nov 29, 2012

      Hi Kami. Glad you liked the photos. This was a really nice walk, so if you get the chance you should definitely go back and do it. I can’t wait to go back myself! 🙂

  • Rig Dec 2, 2012

    I have visited Italy but missed Cinque Terre on the Ligurian Coast. However your blog especially pictures increased my temptation to visit Italy again and focus on natural sceneries.

    • Dean Wickham Dec 4, 2012

      Hi Rig. Cinque Terre is amazing and you should definitely visit when you are next in Italy. Plus there is so much more of Italy to explore as well! 🙂

  • Jasin Dec 30, 2012

    Amazing Pictures,provoking scenes , I visited Italy but miss this Cinque Terre. Definetly have to visit again in Soon.Thank you for putting up beautiful pictures.

    • Dean Wickham Dec 30, 2012

      Thanks Jasin, glad you liked the photos. Cinque Terre is a very beautiful place so I hope you make it there one day.

    • Amanda May 16, 2013

      Jasin You are 100 right. Nothing in this universe can be like cinque. beautiful attractions and breath taking sights

  • The pictures are astonishing! I would list down the place into my bucket list of must go places.

    • Dean Wickham Jan 31, 2013

      Hi Kristy. I think Cinque Terre should be on everyone’s bucket list

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