Among the most famous excursions of the Cinque Terre there is the so-called “Blue Footpath”, a walk that allows you to visit the five marina villages and cross beautiful places surrounded by turquoise nuances of the sky and the sea. However, the first part, the one that includes the journey between Riomaggiore and Manarola, about a kilometer, is the famous “Via dell’Amore”. It is a street that looks exactly like a large cobbled street and has a railing and is considered the easiest stretch of the blue path: from here you can admire the whole coast of the Cinque Terre and let yourself be conquered by a panorama of rare beauty . Over the years, the Way of Love has become a favorite destination for young lovers: for this reason, in the seventies a series of benches dedicated to heroes and gods of Greek and Roman mythology have been installed that are about love.
The Way of Love starts from a cliff overlooking the sea that is not far from Riomaggiore Station. Walking on this road you can see the sandy beaches of Riomaggiore, characterized by signs of marine erosion and exotic vegetation that includes agaves and figs of India. In addition, upstream, stands the Mediterranean scrub with a rocky and jagged surface where plants like Aleppo and Aleppo pine grow. The last stretch of the trail, which reaches to Manarola, lies beneath the terraced vineyards. To get to the village you pass through a pedestrian gallery that was frescoed and painted by some students at the Accademia di Brera.
«We enter the “via dell’amore” (road of love), inevitably hand in hand, inevitably intoxicated by love. Up here, the Cinque Terre are a hint of colour smeared on the blue ocean, the stone of the rough rocks behind us. It is a journey of salt and sea breeze, it is a vision of the reddish reflection of your hair that touch on my arm. We take a last photo sitting on the bench of lovers, imitating the kiss between the lovers in stone behind us.»