Enchanting Cinque Terre
Enchanting Cinque Terre, the land of the fantastic scenery of the mountains diving into the sea, interrupted from time to time by small tiny villages, once fishermen’s refuges, still not connected by road but only by an efficient railroad. The Italian Riviera, which stretches from the French border to La Spezia, is dotted with resorts, medieval towns, and beaches. Our tour focuses on the specific area called the 5 Terre (the five lands) which has inspired Shelley, Byron, and Petrarch—among the world’s most beloved poets. Its natural beauty and tantalizing cuisine continue to intoxicate travellers. Traditionally prepared seafood, homemade pasta, and a medley of fresh vegetables and aromatic herbs make for unforgettable dining experiences. Pesto, made from locally grown basil—the best in Italy according to the locals—is the classic pasta sauce of the region. Sciacchetrà, a hard-to-find, semi-sweet dessert wine, is also a specialty. Production of this fine wine is limited due to the difficulty in harvesting from the ancient terraced vineyards. Follow us on Facebook!
HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS HOLIDAY
- Visits to the famous 5 Terre villages
- Visits to ancient Sanctuaries
- Visit the famous Ligurian Riviera
- Cheese & Wine tasting
- Walking through terraced vineyards and olive groves
- Traditional fresh pasta: Battolli, Bavette, Corzetti, Mandilli de saea, Ravioli, Scucuzzun, Trenette, Trofie
- Wines and liqueurs: Cinque Terre Sciacchetrà Doc, Cinque Terre doc Costa de Sèra, Buranco
- Beigua, Mostardella, meat of Antola, Pesto
|IMPORTANT NOTE||The schedule might be subject to change; Depending on your needs and your requests, we can provide you individual services (accomodation, land service, guide service, single tours and activities) or a full package tour;|
|Availability||January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December|
|What is included||1 lunch in restaurant, 2 dinners in hotel, 2 dinners in restaurant, 2 Professional Official Guide, 3 packed or picnic lunches, 4 continental morning breakfast, 4 nights in hotel in Monterosso sharing double (single room with supplement), All entrance fees in scheduled stops and local taxes, All transportations in trai and boat Monterosso/Portovenere, Transfer Pisa/Monterosso and Levanto/Camogli/Pisa with private bus, Visit of wine cellar in Volastra for a wine taste, wine&beverages for all above mentioned meals|
|What is not included||– All not expressed in the “What is included”, Lunch on first day, − Personal Expenses|
Day 1 – PISA/MONTEROSSO
Arrival in Pisa airport. Meet with our guide and transfer with private bus to Monterosso. Arrival and check in at hotel. Free lunch. In the afternoon orientation tour of the village.Rest of day at leisure. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 2 – MONTEROSSO/PORTOVENERE/RIOMAGGIORE/MONTEROSSO
Breakfast at hotel. Morning boat to Portovenere. Short walking tour of the town, whose highlights include the churches of San Pietro and San Lorenzo and the Genovese Doria Castle. Portovenere, is a Roman-Byzantine town, where you can enjoy the view of both the sea and the nearby Apuane Mountains. The town paints a colourful canvas against the azure sea with its orange and yellow houses tumbling down the hillside. Perched high on a rocky cape overlooking the sea is San Pietro, a 13th-century Gothic church. Its black- and white-striped exterior has made it a landmark recognizable from far out at sea. Walk from Portovenere to Riomaggiore. Picnic lunch at Colle Telegrafo/Campiglia.
Afternoon, keep going and further stop in Montenero Sanctuary (no possibilities for a drink as there are no places, except water fountain). Walk further to Riomaggiore. Short ride by train to Monterosso (10minutes). Dinner in restaurant in Monterosso. Overnight in hotel.
Portovenere/Colle Telegrafo/Montenero/Rio Maggiore
15km, total ascent 550mts,duration 5h, some exposed stratches
Day 3 – MONTEROSSO/RIOMAGGIORE/CORNIGLIA/MONTEROSSO
Breakfast at hotel. Short train ride to Riomaggiore. Walk from Riomaggiore to Corniglia via Volastra. Stop in the village of Groppo di Volastra for wine taste in wine cellar.
Picnic lunch along the way. In the afternoon continuation towards Corniglia, ancient fishermen villages right on the edge of the sea. Once in Corniglia train ride back to Monterosso (7 minutes). Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Riomaggiore / Corniglia via Volastra
9,5km, total ascent 410mts, duration 3:30hrs
Day 4 – MONTEROSSO/CORNIGLIA/MONTEROSSO
Breakfast at hotel. Morning short train ride to the wonderful village of Corniglia. Walk from Corniglia to Monterosso via the Alta Via and the Soviore Sanctuary. Picnic lunch along the way. In the afternoon return to Monterosso. Evening: farewell dinner at “Belvedere” restaurant (or similar) in Monterosso. Overnight in hotel.
Corniglia/Monterosso via the Soviore Sanctuary
14km (Corniglia/Monterosso via Soviore), difference 500mts, duration 5h
Day 5 – MONTEROSSO/LEVANTO/CAMOGLI/PISA
After breakfast, short train ride to Levanto. Short tour of the town and surroundings. Continuation by private coach to Camogli. Arrival and lunch in restaurant “La Camogliese” or similar. After lunch departure to Pisa airport and boarding formalities. Departure and end of our services.