Two villages and two sanctuaries, between Monterosso and Vernazza
Monterosso Vernazza Soviore Reggio: the two villages and sanctuaries of this further hike at the Cinque Terre. We start visiting the centre of Monterosso, then ascend by a steep but easy trail to the sanctuary of Soviore, one of the more ancients of the area; it is an emotional place, with nice views over the sea and the mountains around. Walking along a stretch of asphalt road, we reach the path to the Reggio sanctuary: a marvelous walk through Mediterrenean bush, with spectacular views over the sea, and some steep downhill stretches. From the Reggio sanctuary, we descend to Vernazza, along a cobbled historic lane. We visit Vernazza and then ascend again along the coastal trail to Monterosso. As an alternative, it will be possible to return to Monterosso by train.
Effort: moderate, but already requiring some walking habitude.
Difficulties: no substantial technical difficulties; steep stretches, both uphill and downhill, sometimes slippery with wet ground.
Period: year round.
Picnic meal along the way, with food provided by participants; it can be consumed at Soviore or Reggio, in relation to starting time. leaving early, it is also possible to reach Vernazza by lunch time, and have lunch in some local place: not advised however in full touristic season.