Hiking in the Svizzera Pesciatina, then Lucca or Cinque Terre

Amanda T.

New member
Hello! We are two female friends with 12 days in Tuscany. Like so many here, we are trying to plan our time wisely. We wonder if hiking the between the 10 castella in Svizzera Pesciatina is as beautiful as it looks? Is the path well traveled and safe now? We read that it's not challenging, but don't find much info. about the hike itself, and if there is a way to get back to our car from wherever we end our hike.

Also, it sounds like much of the Blue path of Cinque Terre is closed now. We are considering 3 days there or in Lucca, and though they are totally different, we could use some advice given the trail closure. Our trip plan so far is arrive in Florence, we will stay at a beautiful BnB near Vicchio as a base to relax and also explore from; Chianti, Siena, etc. then possibly doing the Svizzera Pesciatina hike on our way to either Lucca or Cinque Terre. We will have a car, but would be nice not to keep it the entire time. It seems that it is best to be in Cinque Terre and Luca without a car, just to get around on foot, bicycle (Lucca) or train. We look forward to your suggestions!

Thank you!


The Tuscan Expert ;-)
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The Svizzera Pesciatina is definitely worth visiting! It is however not easy to do it on foot, many of the towns are not connected with actual trails but just the roads that locals use. I would suggest a mix of driving to one, doing some walking between the closest and planning a ring walk to return to your car. Map the towns out so that you can do this.

Once you're in Lucca, you can definitely return the car.... and yes, spend more time here overall that in CT, I would suggest at most 2 days in CT since yes, most of the trail along the coast is closed. You can definitely hike there more -- but you have to go up to the trail that goes over the towns and does not enter the towns. You'll be using the train to move between the towns.