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ITALY, Cinque terre, Portovenere & the Portofino Peninsula

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The ‘Cinque Terre’ gets its name from the five picturesque villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The area, now a major National Park, is a unique part of Italy. For over a thousand years people have lived in this dramatic landscape, slowly altering its features and cultivating the steep hillsides that lead down to rocky shores. An extensive network of ancient mule tracks – today used as footpaths – takes you through an extraordinary landscape of terraces, built by hand with stones and earth. But the region of Liguria has more to offer: the small towns of Portovenere, with a wonderful island just in front of it at the entrance to the ‘Gulf of Poets’, and the lively Levanto, a charming medieval town with a broad beach, both nearby.

What to Expect

  • Tour type: Self guided
  • Top vertical 450 m
  • Average walks: 5 hours

This is a moderately easy tour which is suitable for those who have some experience of walking and a good general physical condition. Most of the walks are on good paths, some of them just recently restored by the local authorities. Parts of the paths are waymarked. Elsewhere you have to follow the route notes provided together with the maps.

Day 1Arrival in Levanto

After settling in at your hotel there is time for a short visit to thetown centre and maybe a swim to wash off the weariness of the journey.

Day 2Levanto to Monterosso

The first day walk takes you from the centre of Levanto, along the coast to Monterosso al Mare. The first part of the walk leads up towards Punta Mesco, the most notable promontory in the region. This is a good spot to stop at for a picnic lunch. Just short of the headland you can make a small detour to the ruins of an old 11th-century hermitage and the nearby ‘semaforo’, where you will enjoy marvellous views of the rugged coastline. Then you follow a fairly steep path down into Monterosso, a colourful village with blue, red & yellow houses that cluster behind the beachfront. There is then time to explore the town before taking the local train back to Levanto. For those who feel like it there is also the option of walking back from here, following a more inland forested path, which brings you back over the ridge behind the castle of Levanto….

Day 3Levanto - Riomaggiore

You first take the train to Riomaggiore, the most southerly of the five villages. From there you start the most classical’ of all walks in the Cinque Terre: the coastal path linking all five villages together. First you walk a short stretch along the famous ‘Sentiero del’Amore’ (‘Lover’s Walk’). Then you head for Manarola, an attractive little village with steep multi-coloured houses overlooking a rocky port. From here you hike up to the rural hamlet of Volastra, before descending back to Corniglia, perched on a ridge overlooking the sea, in the midst of stunning terraced vineyards, with awesome views over the whole area.

Day 4Riomaggiore - Portovenere

Today you walk in eastern direction. From Riomaggiore, you commence your walk to Campiglia and Portovenere. You first hike up a long flight of stairs to the Santuario della Madonna di Montenero (optional bus). Continuing uphill you begin contouring along the coastal cliffs, through terraced vineyards, enjoying wonderful views of the coastline framed by clear blue waters. You are now on the ‘Sentiero Rosso’, the ridge-top traverse that goes from one end of the Cinque Terre to the other. ….

Day 5Portovenere

After the longer walk yesterday, today you’ll have some time to recover. There is the possibility of making an easy roundwalk over the island of Palmaria, just across the bay from Portovenere. By boat you make the short crossing and then you’ll have the whole day to discover the beauty of this very Mediterranean island, immersed in the dense vegetation, overlooking the cliffs with just the seagulls and azure sky above you. …

Day 6Portovenere - Camogli

Today you take the train from the Cinque Terre to Camogli. First you leave your luggage atthe hotel there and then you start the walk onto the Peninsula of Portofino, towards the beautifullylocated monastery of San Fruttuoso, which dates back to the 11th century and is set in its own cove, reachedonly by boat or on foot….

Day 7Camogli - Margherita

First you make a short transfer by train to Santa Margherita, where you have a bit of time to walk around this attractive town. Then you walk to Portofino, long a resort for the jet set, but also a very attractive and colourful village in its own right. …..

Day 8Departure

End of the tour.

Price includes

  • 7 nights accommodation in carefully selected 3* hotels
  • Extensive route notes, with description of the route & tourist information
  • All private boat and ferry transfers
  • Maps at 1 : 25.000 scale (or more detailed)
  • 24/7 assistance
  • Luggage Transfer

Departures - 2019

As a self guided tour you can choose the departure date you want!
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Jennifer M

Couple Traveller

Such a beautiful region of Italy! the walks were great, the tour was well organized, the hotels were charming. It was our first experience in a self guided walking tour and it is definitely something we would do again. Ciao!

September 7, 2018