Long paths immersed in nature with cultural and historical wonders…
extraordinary views around every corner, from the Palmaria islands to the end of Cinque Terre!
Making our way up path 510, a wide dirt trail, we pass by a small church and—with a short detour—Fortezza Umberto I, which is open to the public. Then another easy dirt trail takes us to an overlook of two creeks, the Schenello and Fornace, where hikers can admire Torre Scola. The path then leads us through thick bush, reaching a clearing with panoramic views, the former location of the Casa Del Roccio. From here, we have particularly good views of Tino island.
Porto Venere is a wonderful place to start a hike to Cinque Terre as it is the lower starting point of the Cinque Terre’s Via Alta, that leads to the mountains between La Spezia and Genoa, joining the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri.
From Piazza Bastreri in the center, we follow AV5T, which goes up the side of Castelo Doria and leads us immediately to admire the town’s historic portoro marble quarries.
A third option: getting to know the cities of La Spezia, Lerici and Sarzana. For these destinations, visitors can rely on public transportation: local buses as well as sea transportation. La Spezia is a great location for hiking, considering that Porto Venere is the western end point of the Alta Via del Golfo, which takes us through the hills of La Spezia before reaching its destination, Bocca di Magra. This gives us the chance to go down to the city by way of CAI-marked paths and historic municipal stairways.