Arrival in Camogli
Today you will arrive in the fishing village of Camogli to spend your first night before starting these five days of hiking through the villages and the most charming areas of the Cinque Terre and the luxurious Portofino Peninsula.
You can arrive from Genoa, Pisa or Florence airports, depending on your preference. In the Questions section we explain how to do it.
Once you are in Camogli, remember to enjoy its beautiful historic centre and enjoy exquisite seafood and a traditional wine from the region.
Overnight: La Camogliese Hotel - Camogli
Hiking to Portofino
Today you will have a transfer included that will take you from Camogli to San Rocco, where you will start your first hike. Along the way, we recommend you to stop and enjoy a visit to the Abbey of San Fruttuoso, began as a Benedictine monastery and with spectacular views of the sea.
Then continue your route to Portofino, a picturesque and elegant port town, recognized by the famous as a place to enjoy their holidays.
As soon as you arrive, head to El Faro, all over the tip of the Portofino Peninsula, and take delight in the views it offers.
To return to Camogli, you can go by train or boat (paid on site).
Length: 13 km. | 804 m. of ascent y 822 m. of descent
Duration: 5,5 hours
Overnight: La Camogliese Hotel - Camogli
Circular route from Monterosso
For this day, you must take a train towards Monterosso, the largest village of the five that make up the Cinque Terre.
Once there, the trek begins through the Chiesa dei Cappucini, until you reach Colle di Gritta. Keep advancing through its forests and enjoy the entire mountain chain, including Monte Rossini and Monte Molinelli, which you will cross on your route.
Your final destination is Punta Mesco, from where you will have to take your return hike to Monterosso along an ancient stone path.
Length: 10 km. | 515 m. of ascent y 518 m. of descent
Duration: 3 hours
Overnight: Amici Hotel - Monterosso
Hiking from Bonassola to Monterosso
To start your walk today you must take a train towards Bonassola (paid on site). You'll start the route via an old railway track, which is now used as a bike path, so you should be cautious.
You will travel over bridges and through tunnels along the entire path surrounded by cliffs until you reach Levanto, a small and beautiful town that, although not belonging to the Cinque Terre, its colour and its gastronomy puts it in perfect harmony with all of these five places.
You will have to continue to climb to the top of the mountain that will offer you the best views of the sea and the mountains that surround the so-called 'Paradise Gulf', whose main town is the fishing village of Camogli, where you spent your first night.
Once in Punta Mesco, you will have to start the ascent to Monterosso, where you will finish your fourth day in Cinque Terre.
Length: 10 km. | 500 m. of ascent y 492 m. of descent
Duration: 4,5 hours
Overnight: Amici Hotel - Monterosso
Return from Monterosso
Today you finish your route and you will have to return by train from Monterosso to Genoa, Pisa or Florence, depending from where you must take your flight back home.*
*Remember that when you book your circuit you can ask us to book additional hotel nights for the days after the end of your circuit to extend your stay in one of the municipalities in your walking holiday from Portofino to Monterosso.
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In order to resolve our travellers' doubts, we answer, to follow, the most frequently asked questions when we receive inquiries about our hiking trails.
If you have any other questions, you can contact us and we will be happy to help you resolve all your doubts.
What is the best time of year to travel on this route?
This route is available between April and October. The beginning of autumn are the best times to explore the region from Portofino to Monterosso.
If you decide to make this trip in July or August, we recommend starting the walks very early in the morning so that you can avoid the high summer temperatures that occur throughout the day.
How do I get to the starting point?
You can get there from Genoa, Pisa or Florence. Any of the three airports will offer ways to connect to Camogli, the city where you will spend your first night before starting the route.
From Genoa Airport, take a bus that takes around 20 minutes to the city centre and get off at Brignole Station. From there, take a train that will take about 40 minutes to Camogli.
If you decide to go to Pisa Airport, the best option is to take the PisaMover bus, which will take you to the train station in about 15 to 20 minutes. From there, the train to Camogli will take around 2 and a half hours.
Once you finish your route in Monterosso, if you go to Genoa Airport you will have to take a train, making a transfer, so you need to be attentive. This journey will take about 2 hours. And from the stop in the centre of Genoa, you must go to Brignole station and take the bus back to the airport.
If you are heading to Pisa, take the train that will take you directly to the airport, also making a transfer, and it will take around 1 hour and a half.
If, on the other hand, you go to Florence Airport, you will have to take the train to Firenze Novella station, making a transfer, and then you have to go to Piazza della Stazione from where you can take a direct bus to the airport.
For train tickets, we recommend you to check the schedules on the Trenitalia website and make your reservations well in advance.
For transport within the Cinque Terre you can easily do it well by train, as we suggest for starting off the various days, or by ferry (paid on site).
Can I travel alone?
Yes, you can. On most of our hiking trails we offer accommodation in single rooms if the traveller requires it. Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.
Please note that for security reasons, some of the routes are not suitable for solo use.
This hiking trail is suitable for solo travellers, so you won't have any problems if you're on your own.
When can I start my trail?
You can start your hiking trail any day of the year according to the specifications of your itinerary.
Does this route have an accompanying guide?
All our hiking trails are completed in self-guided mode. Thus, each traveller has the opportunity to advance on their own and at their own pace for each of the routes marked during the full route itinerary.
What does the full route itinerary contain?
The route's complete itinerary is a guide we prepare for you with information on the maps, routes and sights of each hiking route.
You will receive it by email one month before starting the trip along with all the documentation of the trip: accommodation reservations, luggage transfers, among others.
The kilometres of travel and the journey times indicated for our hiking trips are reference values.
It will depend on each walker the fulfilment of these times and distances, according to the speed at which they advance.
What should I consider to prepare physically?
Both sedentary people and those who regularly exercise should physically prepare for any of our hiking trails.
Sedentary people can start with moderate activity and continue progressively. They should start by taking small 20-minute walks, two or three times a week. It is suggested to increase the time until you reach walk about 4 or 5 kilometres every hour.
People with regular physical activity can start by walking from 45 to 60 minutes a day and increase the amount of time and kilometres they travel in the same span of time.
Generally, it is recommended to start training about three months before starting the route.
How far in advance should I make the reservation?
There is no minimum number of days in advance to book, although on certain dates the occupancy of the accommodation is higher, especially in high season.
Therefore, in order to guarantee availability in the best accommodation, we suggest you book as much in advance as possible, so that we can meet all your needs.
What clothes and hiking equipment are indispensable?
For any of our routes we suggest you to bring the following items: light and fast drying clothing, waterproof jacket and trousers, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a pair of shoes suitable for hiking, trekking poles, a pair of shoes to rest in, a jacket that doesn't take up much space and a bottle to carry water.
Depending on the time of year in which you make the route, these items may vary.
Remember that with Santiago Ways, you have included a baggage transfer service between stages, so we will take your backpack from one accommodation to another so that you only worry about walking (maximum 1 piece of 20 kg per person).
For this reason, we suggest you prepare a second backpack, much smaller, that you can carry with you every day with water, sunscreen, cap, sunglasses, documents, some food and cash.
How does the baggage transfer work between stages?
Every day, at 8:00 am, you must bring your luggage, properly labelled, to the reception. One of our carriers will pick it up and take it to the place where you are going to stay on your next stage.
Delivery time varies according to the distance between stages and the carrier's delivery route. Usually, delivery is made before 4 p.m.
Please note that on many routes you sleep more than one night in the same accommodation, so the baggage transfer will not be necessary in these cases.
Should I take out travel insurance?
To make any of our hiking trails it is advisable to have travel insurance with all the necessary coverage, especially emergency evacuation and medical care.
To do this, we suggest you take out the Travel Assistance Insurance and Cancellation Insurance that we offer you in Santiago Ways. If you want more information about it, we will be happy to answer your questions.
Do all rooms have a private bathroom?
Yes, all rooms you book for hiking trails with Santiago Ways have a private bathroom.
Can I sleep alone in a room?
Yes. We offer accommodation in single rooms and double rooms, according to the requirements of each traveller.
Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.
When do you tell me which hotels I'm going to sleep in?
We work with multiple accommodations in all locations which allows us to guarantee the best quality rooms for our travellers, provided that they are booked well in advance.
The name and exact location of each hotel is sent about one month before the start of the trip.
Am I going to share a room with strangers?
No. All the accommodations we book for our travellers have private rooms with private bathrooms in order to guarantee all the comfort and comfort they need to rest properly.
Is the accommodation close to the route I need to follow?
All the accommodation we book is located in the centre of the villages. In any case, depending on availability, if any accommodation is quite far from the centre, they are all accessible on foot.
When necessary, Santiago Ways will offer a transfer to the traveller so that they can reach their accommodation in the most comfortable way possible.
What kind of accommodation do you book?
All the accommodation we book in Santiago Ways offer the necessary comfort to rest after long days of walking. We have partnerships with hotels, country houses, mountain retreats and charming farm stays, always with a room and a private bathroom.