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The Hiker's Handbook

The rules below were set by the Carabinieri Forestry Corps and the Park to ensure correct use of the trail network, where many Italian and foreign tourists go hiking, and whose characteristics make it comparable to mountain tracks

Evocative and extraordinary: such is Cinque Terre Park. And the best way to get to know it is by walking on its numerous cliff-side tracks, on trails running by small villages and across mountains that decline - abruptly, sometimes - towards the sea rocks and the transparent water. Here are some precautions for a safe hike.
  1. Choose your trail according to your physical conditions and technical skills

  2. Study the trail characteristics on a topographic map (distance, difference in elevation, springs, fountains, huts, etc.) and ask for information on the trail's actual passability. Study potential alternative routes for the way back.

  3. Make sure your clothes and equipment are suitable for the hike's length and difficulty (spare underwear, fleece jumper, wind jacket, gloves, hat, hiking boots, sunglasses, sun cream, food)

  4. Don't forget to include the necessary equipment for potential emergency situations (thermal blanket, headlamp, handy, knife, compass, etc.) as well as a small first aid kit.

  5. Don't go on a hike by yourself, and anyway inform a trusted person about your planned itinerary

  6. Consult the weather forecast on our weather page or on the website, and constantly keep an eye on how the weather evolves during your hike, especially in terms of wind and temperature.

  7. If you have doubts, go back. It is sometimes better to quit a hike rather than running the risks of bad weather. Please remember that it is however prohibited to walk on the trails in case of adverse weather conditions, as you may endanger yourself and others.

  8. Take your garbage back with you

  9. Respect plants and animals. Respect local culture and traditions.

  10. Don't leave the marked path

  11. In case of emergency, call 112 (first aid service)

  12. Always keep your 4-legged friends on a leash.

IMPORTANT. Before undertake a hike visit the page with all the information on the Park's trail network updated in real time at CINQUE TERRE HIKING GUIDE, you can find all the thematic routes, the vertical paths, of the coast and of the ridge, with the relative data sheets, (practicability, difficulty level, travel times, points of interest). AVOID LINES, buy Cinque Terre Card online

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