Attention: the Via dell'Amore is currently closed due to a landslide. See footnotes
The start of path 592-1 (SVA2), better known as Via dell'Amore, is at the Riomaggiore train station. On the left is the access stairway with mechanical ramps for people with disabilities; in Manarola instead a ramp was made for wheelchairs to allow you to enjoy the wonderful route. Just a few steps and you are immediately on the cliff overlooking the sea. Along the Via dell'Amore you can admire the zoned sandstones of Riomaggiore with the pleated, knee-shaped, hinged layers, the footprints, current footprints and the signs of marine erosion. The exotic vegetation of agaves, pittosporums, prickly pears and the Hottentots of South Africa has adapted well to the salty climate. The sea fennel, the marine dauco, the violaciocca, the ruta and the rare Brassica robertiana (relative of the most common cabbage) grow among the most exposed rocks to the winds. Upstream the Mediterranean scrub with the euphorbia arborea, lentisco and Aleppo pine, covers the rocks. The flight of seagulls and crossbowmen accompanies the walk. The last stretch is under the terraced vineyards and overlooks the Manarola train station. The Via dell'Amore was made less anonymous by the students of the Accademia di Brera: under the guidance of maestro Lino Marzulli, the students created frescoes inspired by the Cinque Terre.
The Via dell'Amore to today (2019) unfortunately is not feasible if not for a short distance starting from the station of Manarola. This was due to a landslide in September 2012 that caused the injury of four Australian tourists, who fortunately recovered completely from the accident. The opening of this first part of the path bodes well for its complete restoration even if the size of the consolidation works is absolutely important, as you can see in this document concerning the first lot of the works. Although the authorities are heavily involved in the reopening project, it will still take time. You can support us by subscribing to our petition for reopening the Way of Love and follow the updates on our blogATTENTION: transit on the path is subject to payment of a toll ticket. Alternatively we recommend the purchase of "Cinque Terre Card"
How to get from Riomaggiore to Manarola on foot: alternative route
Following the trade union order n. 18/2017 also closed the path n.531 Riomaggiore - Manarola via Beccaria, which represented the alternative to the Way of Love. The path to go on foot between the two villages now includes the following paths with grafts: 501 (starting from the castle of Riomaggiore) -530-532-532C-502-506V-506.
The train, surely the best means of travel to visit the Cinque Terre and be enchanted by the beauty of the Ligurian sea. From March 16th the 5 Terre Express train is in service to travel comfortably between La Spezia Centrale, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso and Levanto with a single single fare ticket, taking advantage of the offer of 100 trains a day, 7 days a week, every 15 minutes