Created in the1920’s, following the expansion of the railway tunnel of the La Spezia-Genoa line, the Via dell’Amore was created as a path to deposit materials during the construction of the tunnel between Riomaggiore and Manarola.
After the completion of the work the innabitants began using it as a path to reach the next village (riomaggiore or Manarola, depending of where they were coming from).
This secluded road overlooking the sea became famous with local lovers as a beautiful place to hang out in search of a bit of privacy, from here the name Via dell’Amore or lovers walk was born.
In the 60s the local borough gave the path the official name ‘Via dell’amore”
and installed a series of benches, all dedicated to heroes and divinities of Greek and Roman mythology, that all had a connection with love.
This path is 1 km long and connects the villages of Riomaggiore to Manarola.
The path is known as the most famous and romantic walk of the Cinque Terre , the was closed for safety reasons due to a landslide in 2012.
A section of the path should reopen around July 2023 but the complete path will be finished and finally fully reusable from 2024.
Visitors, mainly lovers, are known to attach locks to the railings to celebrate their unity.0