One of the most scenic trails in the Cinque Terre is set to reopen again in 2023, more than a decade after it was closed for renovation.
Eleven years and €12 million later, it will reopen sometime in 2023, according to a plan presented on Sunday by the Cinque Terre National Park.
The planned renovations include extending an artificial tunnel that runs under the part of the path considered most precarious, as well as adding steel mesh and bolts to secure rocks above and below the route.
For years the footpath was one of the most popular sections of the trail linking the Cinque Terre, or ‘Five Villages’, thanks to its spectacular views and gentle terrain.
Carved out in the early 20th century for the construction of the coastal railway, the path turned the journey between Riomaggiore and Manarola into an easy 20-minute walk and – so the story goes – provided a scenic spot for residents in the two villages to meet for romantic trysts.