A journey in the magical atmosphere of the Cinque Terre, five unique fishing villages along the Ligurian Coast. Walking along the coastal footpaths offers striking views of lush Mediterranean vineyards and wild flowers abloom, while further inland you'll walk throuhg tantalizing pine and chestnut forests. And should the landscape not be enough, you will savour the delicious cuisine of Liguria: from the fish recipes to the pasta al pesto, to be tasted in an outdoor café overlooking the sea.
Today you can prepare for your travel enjoying the fresh, crisp seaside breeze, or relaxing with a little walk in the beautiful historic centre of Monterosso: go up to the Torre Aurora for a unique view on the sea, or admire the Giant, the enormous stone man sitting on the rocks. Try the anchovies for dinner: they're a local speciality.
Your first day of travel will lead you to a more internal area, through a varied landscape: you will walk along the Cappuccini Church, a Unesco heritage site (together with the Cinque Terre), then proceeding your walk accompanied by the scent of sea pines and Juniper, whose berries grow in the bushes along your path. Once arrived at Punta Mesco, concede yourself a rest a little among the Agave plants, before going back to Monterosso, descending a series of captivating old stone footpaths.
The itinerary starts from the Soviore Monastery: before beginning your walk, enter its door to admire the beautiful frescoed vault. After a brief stretch of asphalted road, you will descend through a panoramic path to the Madonna di Reggio Sanctuary, with its beautiful stone façade surrounded by secular trees. From here you will continue to Vernazza: don't miss the panoramic view from the Santa Margherita church, before going back to Monterosso following the Coastal Road.
From Monterosso you can reach Corniglia with a brief train ride: the most adventurous ones will face its 380 steps, before setting off for Riomaggiore. Here you will be able to take a little break, wandering through the typical colorful houses, and you will discover that local specialities are based on rice, and not on fish. From Riomaggiore you can go back to Monterosso by train, but we suggest to continue along the Coastal road to Manarola, even just for a glass of Sciacchetrà.
Let yourselves be inspired by this wonderful walk, following the path of the English writers Shelley and Byron: a path through the woods will lead you to the La Spezia Gulf, where you will enjoy a breath-taking view on the coast and islands. From this point you will descend through occasioally steep foothpaths until entering the door of Porto Venere, dominated by the beautiful castle.
Today you will follow the coastline from Monterosso to Levanto, the painters' paradise, through one of the most enchanting paths of the Cinque Terre. Levanto will enchant you with its wonderful position, in the centre of a charming valley surrounded by green hills and uncontaminated nature: you will be able to admire the Sant'Andrea Church façade, surrounded by Olivander trees. Then, walk through the carruggi and savour the delicious herbs ravioli with pesto for lunch. From this point you will continue towards Bonassola, through olive groves and lemon trees.
Your last day of walk will lead you to discover the hills surrounding Bonassola, through a panoramic route offering wonderful views on the northern Liguria coast. If the weather is good we suggest to stop for a bath in Framura, before continuing towards Deiva Marina, where you will be able to enjoy an ice cream wandering in the historic centre admiring the well preserved Control Towers, built during the Genoa domination.
The service ends after breakfast.
Nights in double room in *** hotel with breakfast
Hotel Marina*** lies in a quiet area, 100 meters from the sea. Rooms are beautifully decorated, spacious and well finished with free Wifi, air-conditioning/heated, TV, telephone. Breakfast is very good and various and the staff is welcoming and helpful.
Hotel Punta Mesco is a small, family-run 3-star hotel in Monterosso, a 2-minute walk from the beach. The decor is inspired by the sea to the sky with blue tiles and beige accents. The rooms are medium in size, neat and clean. They offer free WiFi, air conditioning / heating, TV, telephone. Rich and abundant breakfast buffet. Friendly staff.
Hotel Amici *** is located 3 minutes walk from the sea and 10 from the train station. Located in a strategic position, despite being in the center, it is a quiet and peaceful environment and offers a panoramic garden overlooking the Ligurian Sea. The rooms are clean and simple, offering air conditioning, TV, telephone. Friendly staff. Breakfast http://www.hotelamici.it/ buffet varied and quality.
Hotel 5 Terre Monterosso *** is just a few steps from the beach. The accommodations are simple and have a slightly dated decor, but are clean and well-kept. They offer free WiFi, air conditioning and a TV. Breakfast is plentiful and varied of sweet and savory. Friendly and helpful staff.
Hotel Margherita *** is located in the historic center of Monterosso, in the pedestrian area, a few steps from the sea. The rooms are spacious and well-kept, equipped with every comfort: mini-fridge, television, telephone, safe, wi-fi and air conditioning. Breakfast varied and good. Staff very kind and helpful.
Hotel Villa Belvedere is located on a hill overlooking the blue bay of Bonassola and has a big garden. Rooms overlooking the sea and the surroundings and are furnished in a simple way, clean but not very soundproofed. Accommodations have heating, telephone, TV, Free Wifi, ceiling fan. Breakfast is good and various.
Hotel Delle Rose *** is located in the town center on the pedestrian area facing the sea. The rooms are large and simple and some have a sea view. They have air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, direct telephone, ceiling fan, minibar. In the new panoramic restaurant you can enjoy breakfast and dinner.
The recently refurbished Hotel Bonassola overlooks the beach and is a quiet and private environment. The accommodations are simple, well-kept, clean and air-conditioned. Breakfast is good and varied. Friendly and helpful staff.
Nearly all trains from Genoa go directly to Monterosso, only sometimes you need to change either in Sestri Levante or la Spezia (approximately 1.5 to 2 hours).
From Pisa airport (PSA), you have to change at Pisa Centrale, and again at La Spezia for a local train that stops in Monterosso al Mare (approximately 2 hours).
On departure, you can easily reach the aiports of Pisa (PSA), Genova (GOA) and Florence (FLR) from Bonassola.
Train timetables available on www.trenitalia.com.
GPS tracks are available on request.
What is included
· Nights in double room in *** hotel with breakfast
· Cinque Terre Card for Cinque Terre National Park ( validity for 2 days)
· luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
· maps and detailed description of the itinerary
· Medical and luggage travel insurance
· 24h phone assistance
What is not included
· Transfers to the starting location and from the arriving location of the tour
· lunches and dinners, if not otherwise stated.
· visits and entrance fees - tips
· personal expense
· possible sojourn taxes
· everything that is not mentioned in the "What is included" section.
These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:
· Single room supplement
· Half Board supplement
· Transfers to reach the starting location or to leave the arriving location of the tour, which will be quoted on request.