The terraced valley of Manarola
The rio Groppo valley, that ends into the sea passing through Manarola, is perhaps the most representative of the terraced vineyard environments of the Cinque Terre. This itinerary runs across the valley, including its goes all around the valley, also including some evocative and lesser known spots, passing by the three centres of Manarola, Groppo and Volastra. It give the real idea of what was the organisation of the terraced vineyards and of how the paths represented a dense net serving all the terraces, with simple, but at the same time magnificent access handiworks. It is an ideal complement to the hikes to the Volastra vineyards. Of course, views over the sea will not lack.
Meeting point: Manarola or, upon request, La Spezia or any other centre of the Cinque Terre.
Duration: about 3 hours.
Effort: moderate, but already requiring some walking habitude.
Difficulties: no substantial technical difficulties; steep stretches, both uphill and downhill, sometimes slippery; some narrow steps.
Period: year round; best period is at grape harvest, in the second half of September.
A wine tasting experience can be booked. This itinerary can be subject to changes, in relation to the condition of some of the paths.