The path number 2: Vernazza - Monterosso

mesco This is the most tiring stretch of the n° 2 path. One needs to walk along via Ettore Vernazza, exit the village and start climbing up towards the cemetery. Flanking the cemetery, one walks above a bridge half-hidden by stonewalls and vegetation. The mule track is very steep and after a brief while one reaches 150 metres above sea level, on the small terrace which Costa Mesorano. From this moment onwards one proceeds with a slight ascent – descent alternation till one reaches the steep descent to Monterosso. One flanks the terraces, where, in the cracks of their stonewalls, the lizards hide. One is immersed in the Mediterranean bush that has taken over many deserted areas. The mule track narrows and the ground becomes more slippery. Take care. One walks past the Rio Molinaro and reaches a  picnic area. Proceeding towards the ‘Valle dell’Acquapendente’, one walks over a hunch back bridge and reaches 140 metres above sea level. One more slight climb uphill to go over the last dorsal and the path begins to descend down an uncomfortable but secure cement stairs, built on an ancient track which flanks the high kitchen garden walls. One proceeds towards Punta Corone, where it is possible to spot a large military bunker. After a short stretch there is a fork; one of the two paths goes to the village passing behind the council building and arrives in piazza Garibaldi; the other, follows the coast till it reaches the sea promenade. The overall height difference is 260 metres.

IMPORTANT: to walk on path 2 one has to pay a ticket. As alternative we suggest to purchase the “Cinque Terre Card


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