The Way of Love is a pedestrian street overlooking the sea, with a distance of just over a kilometer, it connects the villages of Riomaggiore and Manarola in the Cinque Terre, in Liguria.
Famous throughout the world for its beauty and its breathtaking views, it is one of the most important tourist attractions of the area and is part of the National Park of the Cinque Terre area and a UNESCO world heritage site.
ATTENTION: At the moment because of the erosion path is almost completely closed to the public.
The Via dell'Amore is part of a longer route, marked with the number 2 from La Spezia section of CAI and known as blue path, which runs through the whole territory of the Cinque Terre from Riomaggiore to Monterosso. This trail, running at about thirty meters above sea level and connecting all five villages, is the route most frequented by tourists and walkers. In fact, it is a more comfortable alternative to the High Street of the Cinque Terre, the ancient ridge trail, marked with the number 1, which connects Portovenere to Levanto and runs through the territory of the Cinque Terre with a vertical drop of about 500 meters.
The Way of Love, having the appearance of a wide paved road and fitted with railings, is without doubt the easiest stretch of the blue path, which takes elsewhere the characteristics of a real mule, difficult to pace yourself without proper footwear . Being also literally carved into the cliff at about thirty meters from the sea, is the most original and interesting trail its landscape, as well as the most widely known and frequented by tourists. Not surprisingly, in the summer, especially from April to October, it is often crowded, to the point that to fully enjoy its beauty is recommended follow it in the early morning or around sunset, when weather and light conditions are also much better .
Like all the blue path, the way of love is also subject to payment of a ticket to access, and the proceeds is intended by the Cinque Terre National Park to the preservation of the terraced landscape and trails, threatened by significant erosion.