Posted by: trekguyd | May 28, 2012

Recent trip to Cinque Terre

Our recent trip to Cinque Terre was totally enriched by the expertise of Pall as he led my husband, son and myself on a full day Tour of the 5 Villages.  Pall gave 110% to make sure we saw amazing points of interest that daily tourists might miss along with customizing the day to suit our individual needs.  Punctual and professional would be words to describe Pall.  He kept a “forward march” schedule that allowed us to see and do so much from 9am to 5pm including a hand picked lunch spot and pointers on local “facilities”!  The boys will never forget the mountain trek to see the wondrous Monk Cave, wild orchids, and incredible view.  We cannot imagine attempting to see these magnificent 5 lands without Pall’s flavorful dialogue and keen guidance.  It was our pleasure to have him make Cinque Terre memory maker for us!

The West Family from NC–USA

Posted by: trekguyd | May 11, 2012

Travelers share their experiences

I welcome you to share your experiences on the trails of Cinque Terre with Trekguyd. Pictures are welcome!

The trekguyd at the Santuario

The trekguyd at the Santuario

Posted by: trekguyd | April 5, 2012

Cantina as they are called here

Cantina as they are called here

Cantinas are small produces and therefore have limited space. If you are expecting to see California size, there is only one here in Cinque Terre. They are the co op and buy the grapes from everyone. The cantina’s have taken on the new method of wine making, a distance away from when their grandfathers made wine here. You will be able to taste the white wines they make and maybe some Sciacchetra, which is the wonderful sweet wine from here. So make a date and come visit us .

Posted by: trekguyd | April 3, 2012

Vernazza April 3, 2012

Vernazza is coming back and Cinque Terre will recover from the recent floods.

Posted by: trekguyd | April 3, 2012



This is the pirate restaurant in the back of the village and was a favorite spot of many.

Posted by: trekguyd | November 4, 2011

Genova under water 6 dead

Of the six confirmed dead in the flood of Genova, five were killed in the entrance of a building. Two of them children. Cinque Terre has seen mild rain so far and heavy winds.

Train service has seized north of La Spezia for now. There are heavy winds and rain all over Cinque Terre. Train stations and walkways in Riomaggiore remain empty.

Train service is at a hault at the moment in Riomaggiore (Fri. 11/04)

Posted by: trekguyd | November 4, 2011

Evacuation in Verazza

Due to the expected rainfalls this weekend, people are being evacuated in Vernazza, Cinque Terre according to Primocanale Television. Video showed people being evacuated by train this morning. The flooding of October 25th has left Vernazza devastated.

Vernazza before the flood

Severe weather warning across Liguria are forcing the closure of schools for today and tomorrow. The city of Genoa has issued an alert to ask people to stay indoors, to avoid the vicinity of rivers or underpasses, cellars or basements.
Posted by: trekguyd | November 3, 2011

Via Dell’Amore open again

The Via Dell’Amore is open again and currently there is no charge. More trains are running now and the delays are not as frequent as before. There are still travelers around, but it has been pretty quiet here. We try to keep you posted!

Via Dell'Amore open again

Mudslide on the Road to Vernazza

The gates to the Via Dell’Amore might be open, but if you arrive to Cinque Terre by car, the upper road is still only accessible to San Bernadino. From this road the damage to the road to Vernazza and the muddy water is still visible from this upper road. The town itself is not the only place where damage occurred.

Unfortunately more rain is on the way. The weather-forecast is calling for at least three days of rain. Lets just hope that there wont be any more flash-floods. The crews are having enough on their hands as it is. Rows of trucks are heading to Vernazza to remove the mud from the area. More help is needed and the upcoming rains won’t make it any easier. We will try to keep you posted! In the meantime,

keep trekking…

Posted by: trekguyd | November 1, 2011

Cinque Terre is still alive

We are still alive here in Cinque Terre. To prove this fact I went out to see if the trails had any damage to them. I knew the problems in Monterosso and Vernazza were very bad and how much mud came down on them. So I started my trek in Riomaggiore. I had thoughts of washed outs and blocked trails. Due to the Via dell’Amore being closed I had to use a different way to get over to Manarola. I used my “above and beyond” trail to go, and found no real problems. When I reached the top and could see Volastra and Manarola below me, I decided to to go up the spine of this trail and head to Volastra.

Mud seeping into the sea

View to Volastra

From this upper point I could see all the brown earth seeping into the beautiful blue sea that surrounds Vernazza. I went up a dirt roadway that runs behind the villages, which is a forest road and cannot be not used by car without getting permission. It is really a fire road and used by the forestry to get into these areas, which they needed only a few weeks earlier as a fire was burning above Riomaggiore. This road had many mud puddles and I did see, that some small wash-outs had been fixed very easily.

Upon reaching Volastra and walking around the village, I did not see any problems. I watched an older couple working on their wine in their cantina, as I passed through the small clean alley-ways. I came to the trail which most people have used all summer to get to Corniglia. Due to the closure of the lower trail this passed winter/spring due to land slides, people have started to used this more and more. This trail starts off well, but does get a little thin in areas, here you need the right kind of shoes. As I started the trail, I noticed that was in great shape. The views from up there were wonderful and being a sunny warm day made it even better.

Some areas are washed out but still passable

Soon I knew I would be coming up to an area that could be washed out, and I might have to turn back. Well to my surprise it was in fair condition, but rocks had come down and was a steeper descend then it was prior. I could see the path had a small break in it, as I now started back up on the original path. This is the second time this path has made a change in it, once in the winter/spring and now. Going right along, I looked back to see if I could spot these other people, but no sign of them. Maybe they didn’t understand the path of the trail or they just turned around. I will admit that some of the trails I take do not have trail markers on them, or some just are hidden from view. Due to the changes this trail has made, they are just gone in spots.

If you are trekking and notice no trail markers, look at the ground for foot movement or back-track your steeps and keep looking for signs. As I came upon one of the open areas of this trail, which had a great photo shot of Corniglia from above, I now noticed fallen pine trees.

Fallen trees affected by the bark beetle

These trees have some type of beetle killing them and it is wide spread here in Cinque Terre. I started to notice this a year ago on the trail to Portovenere, which was always a cool area to walk in the shade. Now I see how it has reached above Corniglia as well. During this storm that caused all the damage, we had very high winds as the two fronts came together, forcing these sick trees down. I also looked at the trail and it showed signs of heavy running water.

Flood damaged wall on trail

As I started the trail down into Corniglia I could see the stone wall covered with mud and the water had forced the small stones out of it which holds it together. I turned the corner, only to find two people drinking water and we exchanged greetings. I asked where they were going and they replied Manarola. I gave them a couple of tips about how to go down from Volastra. I also told them to be sure to keep track of the time, due to the fact that it gets dark earlier now. As we started to leave I asked them where they were coming from (really wanting to know if they came from Vernazza), he answered Singapour. I laughed and told them, now I know why you are sweating and thirsty. They also laughed and said Corniglia, before they said good bye.

View coming into Corniglia

I came into the village watching a crew of men cleaning up a downed tree and some fallen rocks from the roadway. I walked into the village to take a look down at Venazza and Monterosso, only to see that brown water from both villages.

Traintracks from Corniglia

Going back to Riomaggiore by train was a little bit of a wait, due to the trains not all up and running. With only one tunnel open in Vernazza and not speeding by like normal, it will take a while. But to think Cinque Terre is closed, is not accurate and we want to see you year round, not just in the summer. I do understand that January and February can be tough months, so give us 10 out of 12 and it is still pretty good.

Keep trekking

Posted by: trekguyd | October 29, 2011

Cinque Terre Flood Vernazza

Flood in Vernazza

Flood in Vernazza

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