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Footpath Monterosso picture in Cinque Terre
Trail Sign picture in Cinque Terre
Footpath Monterosso picture in Cinque Terre
Trail Sign picture in Cinque Terre

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The trail that connects Monterosso to Vernazza is a beautiful yet challenging one. At the trailhead, travelers will ascend a daunting number of stairs, but the views of citrus orchards and vineyards more than compensate for the climb. After the initial ascent, the mostly flat trail affords views of the sea and panoramas of Monterosso and Vernazza. On maps, you'll see this marked as the "Blue Trail" and labeled with a No. 2.

Recent travelers agreed that you must be in reasonably good shape to attempt this hike from Monterosso to Vernazza, since there's a steep incline to traverse at the start of the trail. Others recommend beginning your hike early in the morning to avoid the heat and hordes of other tourists.

To find the trailhead, head to the eastern part of the old town of Monterosso and look for the small footpath that leads to Hotel Porto Roca. From there, take the footpath marked with a small red and white-striped sign. If you start ascending a long staircase that overlooks vineyards and orchards, you'll know you're headed the right way. If you haven't already purchased admission to the Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre, you'll have to pay a few euros near the trailhead. The hike, which winds for a little more than 2 miles, takes an average of 90 minutes. For more information, check out this website.

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#1 Footpath Monterosso The trail that connects Monterosso to Vernazza is a beautiful yet challenging one. At the trailhead, travelers will ascend a daunting number of stairs, but the views of citrus orchards ... Read more » Karl Borg / Getty Images

#2 Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre At only about 15 square miles, the Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre is one of the smallest national parks in Italy but with a population of about 4,000, it's ... Read more » Bento Fotography / Getty Images

#3 Sentiero Vernazza a Corniglia Sentiero Vernazza a Corniglia is the name given to the hike that connects Vernazza with Corniglia. Along the way, hikers will enjoy views of meadows, olive groves and vineyards as ... Read more » BremecR / Getty Images

#4 Church of San Francesco Built in the 17th century, the Church of San Francesco is also known as the Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco and the Capuchin Friars Monastery, and it ... Read more » Freeartist / Getty Images

#5 Boat Tours If you only have a limited amount of time in Cinque Terre and want to get an overview of the area, many travelers recommend seeing the five towns by boat ... Read more » Carol Yepes / Getty Images

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Footpath Monterosso picture in Cinque Terre
National Park picture in Cinque Terre
Sentiero Vernazza a Corniglia picture in Cinque Terre
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The traveler-approved Footpath Monterosso connects the town of Vernazza with Monterosso. Karl Borg / Getty Images

The Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre is just 15 square miles, but it's packed with five rustic Italian towns and numerous trails with breathtaking views. Bento Fotography / Getty Images

The path that stretches from Vernazza to Corniglia is punctuated by views like this one. BremecR / Getty Images

The view from this monastery's grounds is awe-inspiring, as are several famous works of art that are found inside, including the "Crucifixion" by Anthony van Dyck. Freeartist / Getty Images

Don't have enough time to hike Cinque Terre? Taking a boat tour is the next best thing. Carol Yepes / Getty Images

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