Trip to Cinque Terre – Vernazza to Monterosso al Mare and Punta Mesco

Here we are on our second day of hike, leaving Vernazza for our final destination, Monterosso al Mare. While Vernazza was my favourite village, the trail from Vernazza to Monterosso was my favourite walk. It was very green and wild and for a long while we felt like we were completely alone. A nice way to finish the hike (even if we’ll see later that we extended our walk after Monterosso).

Leaving Vernazza

Vernazza – Monterosso

We were first planning to take the long route to Monterosso using the trails 508, 582, 591 and 509 (for a total of 7.5km of medium intensity) but finally decided to take the shorter trail 2 (3.6km) instead. And I’m so glad we did! It was a very pleasant trail with varied path and views, I enjoyed it so much! Arriving near Monterosso, we were very surprised by the number and steepness of the steps going down. We felt bad for all the people coming from down there and who had no idea how hard it was about to be. Another moment when we though the way we chose was the nicest!


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Arrival at Monterosso

Monterosso is divided in two parts: the historical centre and the new town. The trail and its several steps led us to the old part of town where a small local market was on. We walked around the small beach and up to the Aurora Tower to go down to the other side, on the seafront of the new town.

Monterosso al Mare

Hike to Punta Mesco

As we hadn’t walked a lot and it was still pretty early, we decided to keep following the SVA trail to the Punta Mesco viewing point. Another ascension of 300 meters for one of the most impressive views we had of the whole trip! In fact, from there you can see the 5 villages and even better, realise how much you walked!


Sorry for the number of pictures on this one! I just couldn’t choose between all of them… On the next post we’ll come back to Monterosso and talk about the town, the places to eat and our accomodation! 


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