Walk on the Via Dell’Amore Trail in Cinque Terre

Peter and I are NOT romantic, cute…maybe, but you will definitely not find us making out in the corner of a restaurant, cuddling on the couch by candelight or even feeding each chocolate covered strawberries. But, if we didn’t have a shot at romance in Italy…in Cinque Terre…on the Via Dell’Amore trail, which is also known as the Lover’s Walk, we might be doomed.

Ever since I heard mention of Cinque Terre, a portion of the Italian coast with five quaint villages, it was at the top of  my travel Bucket List, as well as my Couples Bucket List.

I had dreams of hiking through the towns and leaving my mark on Via Dell’Amore (Lovers Walk), the trail between Riomaggiore and Manarola. And I wanted to do it with Peter. And I wanted him to hold my hand…the whole way. And possibly kiss at key points along the way. Now, that’s romantic.

Pete says thumbs up at the beginning of the Via dell’Amore trail. His hands look ready for holding and lips ready for smooching. Don’t you think?
Entrance to Via Dell'Amore

I heart this trail. The beginning of  the Via Dell’Amore path had a gateway with two interlocking hearts and the cheesy girl in me couldn’t resist the photo op.

The trail is an easy 1 km. paved walk and only took twenty minutes. 

The views were stunning, but don’t look down if you are afraid of heights.
Annette White at Via Dell'AmoreVia Dell'Amore Trail
Via Dell'Amore path

Native plants were flourishing along the way.
Via Dell'Amore Path

Lovers, who want to lock their love alg the Via Dell’Amore path, write the date their love started on these locks and secure them all over the trail.
Lovers Locks on the Via Dell'Amore

The perfect bench for a smooch.
lovers bench on the Via Dell'Amore walk

Many travelers carry on past the Via Dell’Amore trail to the more challenging hikes through all the Cinque Terre towns. Unfortunately, due to the rain, most of the trails were closed on our visit.

Oh, and for the record, there was sporadic hand holding, possibly even a peck…or two. Progress.

Have you ever walked the Via Dell’Amore path? Have you been to Cinque Terre?

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  1. Stefanie August 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Ugh, I love this! Your pictures are beautiful, what a special thing to do with someone you love 🙂 Blake and I are just like you and Peter…no PDA for us!

    • Annette Renee White August 17, 2011 at 4:37 pm - Reply

      I do force him to give me a kiss goodbye everyday!

  2. Italian Notes August 18, 2011 at 12:10 am - Reply

    Nice photos and great to hear you covered part of the trails – and was smitten by the romance:)

    • Annette Renee White August 18, 2011 at 7:10 am - Reply

      Thanks! Though, I do need to go back to hike the rest of the trails one day.

  3. carola August 18, 2011 at 8:14 am - Reply

    What a great place to visit with your hun.  I am very touchy feely so I probably would have been smooching all over the place lol. 

  4. kristina@beancakes August 20, 2011 at 9:55 am - Reply

    these are such great pictures!! thanks for sharing ~ would love to visit this place someday! and thank you for your comments 😉 😉
    xo ~ kristina

  5. Abby August 20, 2011 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Awww I love couples who travel together — regardless of their degree of PDA. 😉 It was rainy when I was in Cinque Terre, too, strangely. I was in one of the other towns though.

  6. Kalyn @ Bucket List Nation August 21, 2011 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    It looks so pretty here! I love your site, especially looking through all of the bucket lists!

    • Annette Renee White August 22, 2011 at 10:12 am - Reply

      Cinque Terre is so gorgeous! I hope you add it to your bucket list 😉

  7. Krista August 24, 2011 at 1:25 am - Reply

    So very cool 🙂 I love that you and your man did this – you both look really happy. 🙂

  8. Arlene Walker September 11, 2011 at 8:37 am - Reply

    Annette, that sounds like an AWEsome place to visit, with or without PDA. I'd never heard of the place, and I thank you for adding it to my bucket list. VERY COOL.

    • Annette Renee White September 11, 2011 at 9:30 am - Reply

      It is definitely a must-see if you are in northern Italy!

  9. Bret @ Green Global Travel January 3, 2012 at 6:24 am - Reply

    There seems to have been a lot of buzz in the blog world lately about Cinque Terre, which is one of the few places in Italy we've never traveled. I'd never even heard if the locks thing until I saw your post, but ut does sound quaintly romantic, like carving your initials in a tree…

    • Annette White January 3, 2012 at 7:11 am - Reply

      I think you are right about the locks, it is sweet & romantic 🙂

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