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 providers.
|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 Apuane 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|
This trip proved to be a wonderful way to see a beautiful part of Italy. Our apartment in Corniglia, the local rep and the provided trip notes all made it an enjoyable, slow paced way to experience a little of Italy. Staying in the village was great, a lovely place to enjoy when the day-trippers have gone at the end of the day. We could buy freshly made ravioli and pesto to take home and cook, eaten on our terrace overlooking the Mediterranean. All that exercise, fresh air and delicious food, we slept so well!