VISITING THE CINQUE TERRE
For those intending to hike along the Cinque Terre, it is worth noting that you can pick up the trail in Levanto by taking the Levanto-Monterosso footpath (CAI ref. no.s 15 & 10. The path starts from the steps leading up from Via G. Semenza to the castle (Scalinata San Giorgio).
The path continues up past the house, marked with a plaque, where Guglielmo Marconi carried out his radio transmitting experiments. Shortly beyond this you come to the area known as San Carlo which is where the Cinque Terre National Park begins. The path then follows the spectacular coast line of cliffs and rocks, amongst which are the Scoglio Nero (Black cliff) and Punta Spiaggia (Beach Point) which marks the beginning of the Cinque Terre’s marine reserve. The snaking climb through the woods along the cliffs is then rewarded by one of the very best views of all five of the Cinque Terre as you reach the Semaforo view point on Punta Mesco by the ruins of the medieval Sant'Antonio church (319mt). From here a long sharp descent brings you right out on the beach at Monterosso. To continue, just follow the indications given for the other hiking paths