Levanto to Monterosso Hike

Looking back on Levanto while hiking to Monterosso
Looking back on Levanto while hiking to Monterosso

By Vicky · Published Nov. 10th, 2022 · Updated Aug. 13th, 2023

The Levanto to Monterosso hike follows a gorgeous path with great views of the Cinque Terre coastline and ends at the first of the five villages.

Levanto to Monterosso Hike Route Map

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This walk starts from Levanto at an ice cream shop (Gelateria Il Porticciolo). You can easily get to Levanto by train from Genoa (1hr15-1hr30), Lucca (1hr30) or the villages in the Cinque Terre. The train station is about 1 km from the beach, a pleasant walk partially through the old town. If you arrive by car, there’s a small free parking lot not far from the station (fills up early in summer) or several other car parks in town, all roughly €2 per hour.

Alternatively, you can walk here from Deiva Marina (14.5 km). We spent the morning hiking from Deiva Marina to Levanto, and the afternoon hiking this shorter route from Levanto to Monterossa. If you want to allow yourself more time, you can hike from Deiva Marina to Levanto the day before, and take an entire day to walk this hike from Levanto to Monterosso. Both villages are very cute and have nice sandy swimming beaches so you could easily spend the rest of the day exploring and relaxing.

This hike ends at Monterossa train station. You can either get the train back to Levanto from here or stay overnight in Monterossa and continue walking through the Cinque Terre the following day.


  • Make sure to have enough water with you, as well as a sun hat.
  • The only food is at the beginning or end of the hike, in either Levanto or Monterosso.
  • For a full day, start by hiking from Deiva Marina to Levanto.
  • Offline maps app Maps.me works well for this walk.
  • Find other nearby hikes on our Italy Hiking Page.

Leaving Levanto

Walking along the beach in Levanto
Walking along the beach in Levanto
Levanto Castle on the hiking route to Monterosso
Levanto Castle on the hiking route to Monterosso

From Levanto, head onto the pedestrian walkway overlooking the beach. Walk left, and before the pink house sticking out onto the water, take the path between the archways on your left. Follow the red and white hiking signs. The path first leads up to Castello di Levanto, a stone castle that you can admire from the outside.

The hiking path between Levanto and Monterosso
Cinque Terre Coastline in Italy
The hiking path between Levanto and Monterosso

Turn right at the castle to follow the cobbled lane upwards. After a gradual climb, you’ll soon you’ll have great views back to Levanto. The path becomes flatter and follows the coastline through woodland and open terraced slopes. The path is really lovely here, and a highlight of hiking along the Cinque Terre coastline without the crowds.

Hiking into Monterosso

After a few kilometres of fairly flat walking, you’ll reach a path junction and a busier section towards the end of a promontory. Turn right here towards Sant Antonia del Mesco, the ruins of an old church. From here, and from a little further towards the ocean, there are fantastic views over Monterosso far below and the entire Cinque Terre Coastline.

Sant Antonia del Mesco
Sant Antonia del Mesco
Views over Cinque Terre from the hiking trail between Levanto and Monterosso
Views over Cinque Terre

From here, return to the junction and follow the hiking signs pointing the path down to Monterosso. The path joins a quiet road heading steeply downwards. Look out for the steps leading steeply downwards to the road by the beach. Turn left at this road and you’ll soon reach Monterosso train station. Onwards, through the tunnel, is the old town of Monterosso.

Monterosso, Cinque Terre, Italy

For more about Monterosso, check the first section of our hike from Monterosso to Vernazza. Continue walking along the Cinque Terre Coastline by hiking from here to Vernazza, the next village just a few kilometres away.

Guidebooks to explore more of Liguria & Cinque Terre

If you want to get a guidebook to the region, the Bradt Liguria Guide and Lonely Planet Pocket Guide both include the Cinque Terre and hiking routes. The Cicerone Walking in Cinque Terre Guide covers this hike and many others in the Cinque Terre region.

Check out the walk from Deiva Marina to Levanto, or our other walks nearby in Italy.

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