Is there an alternative route connecting Riomaggiore and Manarola, seeing as the usual one is closed? If so, do you need to be a good climber to attempt it?
Yes there is at least one. I think there are more than that though. Once you get to the area go buy your trail pass at the booth (near the train station ) and the people there can give you the alternate routes. I am 61 years old and generally fit and did Trail 531 --the alternate (as well as the other regular trails between the other towns) this last June 2018.. One step at a time!
Please go to my review posted 15 July. There is a way up the mountain. Trailhead is at the Riomagiore Castelo. This route is very challenging and you must be reasonably fit. Good luck.
As I know and remember you can use train or boat, there is no alternative way to go on foot.
See Tripadvisor review by soumim88 very recently who describes a very challenging hike through the mountains but with great views
Yes there is you redirect up to the road and walk through the tunnel on the road then you pop out at the top of Manarola and just walk down to the town. It’s a very easy walk doing it this way compared to the usual one.
Yes. The short way is impassable. Trail 531 is “closed” because rude inconsiderate hikers are destroying the ancient pathway. Rick Steves lists Trail 531 and he shouldn’t. An alternative is quite a bit longer - from Riomaggiore take 501, then 530, then 502, and finally 506 into Manarola.
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