A walk hand-in-hand with love
There are those who say that love is a path…as if it were something symbolic. You’re just about to discover that this path really exists and that it’s in Italy.
The Path of Love (Via dell’Amore) is not long: it takes a little under forty minutes, but that’s enough for you to be left enchanted by its landscape of rocks and vegetation with the sea as its backdrop. The path takes you along a cliff face that is 30 metres above the Ligurian Sea, from the town of Riomaggiore to Manarola, in Cinque Terre, Italy. The path is easy to follow, without great slopes and protected by a handrail. There are also lots of benches where you can sit and enjoy the views. The only thing you need to walk it is comfortable footwear and a padlock with a key: this is another of those spots where lovers come to promise each other eternal love. They hang the padlock and throw the key into the sea as a symbol of their life-long union.
The Path of Love is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the region of Liguria, and is part of Cinque Terre National Park, declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. It’s composed of five small villages that overlook the sea, producing a wide range of vibrant colours from the hills where they stand. Their names are Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The five are connected by paths with spectacular sea and mountain views and share some architectural aspects that make them unique: they appear to be suspended above the sea, held in place just by the rocks that surround them. Get ready to discover these houses built on rocks and their narrow, stone streets.
Each one has its own charm: Monterosso is known for its impressive fort and its beach, at the end of which we can find the ruins of a Neptune who appears to have been born from the rocks. Vernazza is famous because of its tower houses: as its streets are so steep (the old quarter is literally embedded in the side of the mountain) the houses have different entrances depending on the level of the flat. Corniglia offers sea views from 100 metres high, turning the main square of this village into a massive viewpoint, and Manarola welcomes those romantics who wish to walk the Path of Love…which takes us to Riomaggiore, the largest village, although the population does not exceed 2,000 inhabitants. In short, five small mountain villages and a path next to the sea to walk with the person you love the most.