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Trails from Levanto to Monterosso

Pauline Kenny

Levanto is in the center of a good hiking region along this part of the coast. You can hike south to Monterosso and the Cinque Terre or north to Bonassola, Anzo, and Deiva Marina. There are low level hikes along the water (these still involve some climbing up and down the cliffs along the water) and high level hikes in the hills. You can get hiking information at the tourist office in Levanto and detailed signs of all hikes are posted in town.

Below is a photo of the trail map in Levanto, showing the trails to Monterosso in the Cinque Terre. I took this photo from a sign in Levanto. Click on the small image to get a larger image (large file) that you can print.

Here are the trail destinations and times from that map.

Levanto Hiking Trails

Route Destination Walking Time from Levanto

Click to see a large version of this map of the Levanto trails, Sep02

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 of the trails

1 Punta Mesco 1hr 30min
1 Colla di Gritta 2hr 30min
12 Colla di Gritta 1hr 15min
1 Soviore 3hr
1 and 10 Monterosso 2hr
1 and 9 Monterosso 3hr

About the Trails

The trails in Levanto start on the southern end of the beach board walk as shown below. We walked this trail on our September 2003 trip. It is a nice hike and much less crowded that then Cinque Terre trail.

The start of the Levanto - Monterosso trail

The start of the Levanto - Monterosso trail

Looking back to the boardwalk and Levanto from the start of the trail

Looking back to the boardwalk and Levanto from the start of the trail

Here are some notes about the trail from another Slow Traveler.

> Jean from MI, October 2001: For our last full day in Cinque Terre we decided to hike from Levanto to Monterosso. We had heard this was a scenic hike that was not as well-known and crowded as some of the other one, and we found this to be true. The hike turned out to be my favorite one of the trip. Although it has it's challenging moments, it didn't have as many stairs as some of the others; it was more of a steady uphill climb. This is definitely a hike that you want to take from Levanto to Monterosso! The stairs climbing out of Monterosso would make the hike in that direction extremely difficult. The views were fantastic, and there is a point where you can see all of the villages of Cinque Terre.

Resources

Cinque Terre Online: Check the hiking conditions before you go:

www.5terre.com: Read about the hikes and the region

www.fishnet.it: Read about the hikes and the region.

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