The Cinque Terre in northern Italy are a series of five small fishing villages dug into the cliffs where the Apennine mountains meet the Mediterranean coast line. Each village has retained its character and traditions from earlier times, impressively perched between the rocky shoreline and the steep terraced hills. The extensive network of trails connecting the villages pass through olive groves and terraced vineyards, with sweeping views of the vast expanse of the Mediterranean below. Beyond the five villages of Cinque Terre the walks take in some of the lesser known villages, towns and stretches of the Ligurian coastline. This centre based walk will see you living like a local, based in an apartment in the charming middle town of Corniglia and sourcing your wine, bread and antipasto from the local provider.
DAY 1 Arrive Corniglia, walk to the colourful towns of Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare (3.5hrs) DAY 2 Walk to Levanto with time for a swim before returning to Corniglia (4.5hrs) DAY 3 Walk from Campiglia (La Spézia) to Riomaggiore through typical villages and vineyards (3hrs) DAY 4 Corniglia, Volastra, Manarola: the sea of vines walk (3hrs) DAY 5 Two options today - either the Peninsula of Portofino (5.5hrs) or Monte Marcello next to the Apuanes Alps (3hrs) DAY 6 A cliff hike to the ancient Roman city of Porto Venere (Port of Venus) or day trip by train to Pisa (4hrs) DAY 7 Trip concludes
Daily from 1 Mar to 31 Oct, except Jul & Aug (Saturday & Sunday only)
High season is 1 May to 30 Sep and a supplement applies.
*6 nights in a studio apartment (Category C) on a twin share basis (upgrades available (Category A & B) to accommodate up to 4 people) *train tickets (bus, ferry and national park ticket extra - allow EUR40) *information pack including route notes & maps *assistance from our on site representative