Following a devastating landslide in 2012, Cinque Terre’s iconic Via dell’Amore, often referred to as the “Walk of Love”, saw a prolonged closure. This enchanting pathway, nestling between towering cliffs and the glistening sea, has remained a symbol of romance for travellers worldwide. After an 11-year break, a 160-meter section of this world-renowned path was temporarily made accessible again from 1st July 2023 and is expected to remain open until 30th September 2023.
Stringent measures have been implemented to ensure its visitors’ safety and enjoyment. Access to the Via dell’Amore now requires a five-euro ticket. To preserve its intimate charm, only 30 individuals are permitted every half-hour, escorted by an official guide well-versed in the path’s rich history and unique features.
CNN reports that the full 900-meter stretch is slated for a grand reopening in July 2024. Prior to its closure, this romantic haven attracted nearly 870,000 admirers annually. A local legend encapsulates its charm: residents from Riomaggiore and Manarola would rendezvous halfway for clandestine romantic encounters, inspiring its evocative name, the “Walk of Love”.