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In those shoes?

EARLY SUMMER HIKES

PHOTOGRAPHS: ANNE RHETT PHOTOGRAPHY, JUSTIN FOULKES

Getting out on the trails of the Cinque Terre is an ideal way to find fresh perspectives on this stretch of Italy’s Ligurian coast, especially as the namesake five villages experience peak visitor numbers as we move into summer high season. Just make sure you have proper footwear for the trail: this is universal hiking advice in any case, but now local authorities – fed up with having to rescue walkers stranded on precipitous tracks in flip flops – are warning of fines of up to €2,500 (£2,150) for the inadequately shod. Some 75 miles of local paths run along vine-clad, sea-view terraces, or up to hilltop sanctuaries. Although a few routes are currently closed because of rockfalls (including the famous Via dell’Amore – one that might actually be gentle enough to tackle in sandals), you’ll find graded suggestions for alternatives on the national park website.

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In the June issue… see the secret side to Europe with our experts' top unsung recommendations across the continent, beginning with a walking trail through the Balkans' little-known answer to the Alps; further afield, discover Buenos Aires through asado, tango and other enduring passions; search for moose in the woods of New England; focus on city travel with our new monthly section, the Urban Edit; and much more