“Cinque Terre” means five little villages, nestled above cliffs or along deep inaccessible coves, facing the seafront with colorful houses. Cinque Terre, that is five counties producing olive oil, anchovies and the liqueur Sciacchetrà also called “Elixir of the Gods” by the ancient Romans.Here, about sixty miles east from Genoa, several generations of farmers have shaped the mountain by building stone walls to retain the land and create cultivation terraces, which now offer us a remarkably preserved landscape, with deep traditions and strong local economy.Moreover, you will reach the peninsulas of Portofino and Sestri Levante with their posh ports where millionaires stay on their yacht, facing the lonely pines overlooking green water coves. On the terrace of a trattoria, facing the sun sliding into the Mediterranean, you will take the time to enjoy the typical focaccia and a glass of white wine after a long day of walking and discovery. Each evening, you will return to the serene small village of Sestri Levante.
Individual arrival at Sestri Levante
Today’s walk bring you in the heart of the National Park of Cinque Terre. Starting from Corniglia the first stop is in Vernazza, an important and historical village being the only natural harbor of the Cinque Terre. Out of Vernazza you walk along the olive groves and with views on the sea. Your paths continues gently towards Monterosso, today’s destination. Return by train. Overnight in Sestri Levante.
After breakfast, train transfer to La Spezia (40 min.). By boat (vaporetto) you go to the Palmaria Island for a circular tour of this little island rich in Mediterranean vegetation. Depending on the period you can see the bloom of cistus and nice rare orchids and admire the colorful wood. Along the way spectacular sceneries on the sea and the coastline. In the first afternoon you will reach by boat Portovenere where you will visit the medial town, the Churches of San Pietro and San Lorenzo and the Byron Grotto. Return to La Spezia by boat or bus and then to Sestri Levante by train.
Train ride to Corniglia, to begin your second full day in the heart of the Cinque Terre region. From the train station you walk up to the village of Corniglia, one of the most beautiful and well preserved villages of the park. After the visit you continue walking towards Volastra, first in ascent and then in plain, on a scenic path overlooking the sea, among the vineyards. Then it’s time to walk down to Manarola. After the visit of the village you can reach Riomaggiore either by train or with an hour walk climbing and descending a path made of stairs, up to the sea. After a swim, you go back by train to Sestri Levante.
After a transfer to Riomaggiore you start your trek to Portovenere along the panoramic path from which it is possible to admire little and picturesque burgs on the sea. From Portovenere return by boat to Monterosso or by bus to La Spezia and then by train.
After breakfast first train transfer to Rapallo and then by bus to Ruta di Camogli where the trek starts across the Park of Portofino: Paradiso – Pietre Strette – San Fruttuoso. The path is surrounded by Holm oaks, mixed wood and the Mediterranean brush. The burg of San Fruttuoso is really nice and characterized by the ancient Abbey of the VIII century. After the visit of the Abbey, boat to Portofino. A short stop here to visit the nice village to continue then to Santa Margherita Ligure. From here train to Sestri Levante.
Walking distance varies from 6 to 16km per day; and from 3.5 to 5.5 hours. The hilly countryside requires some stamina and a moderate to good physical condition. The walks are along uneven footpaths, mule tracks and strade bianche, (small gravel roads).
Adequate hiking gear is required.
Selected 3 star hotels and cosy family run Inns. Accommodation is based on double room occupancy with private en-suite facilities. Throughout the trip there are plenty of opportunities to taste not only the excellent local food but also the many famous wines of the region.
Daily departures possible.
Season 1: All dates not mentioned below
Season 2: March 31 to April 2; April 21 to May 1; June 2 to 4
|Price per person: Season 1||CAD||$695|
|Season 2 surcharge||$140|
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Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment