9 days in Liguria offers walking through an extensive trail system, which allows you to hike from village to village, through lush forests and beautiful vineyards, in a spectacular terraced landscape overlooking the Mediterranean. You will walk through the historic towns of Levanto, Portovenere and of course the five charming villages that make up Cinque Terre, with their characteristic colorful houses beautifully located in the green landscape. It is not without reason, that the area is included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage.
Finally the tour takes you to the well-known Portofino peninsula. The town of Portofino is a colorful and popular resort for the Italian jet set, but the peninsula is also home to the lovely town of Camogli, and the monastery of San Fruttuoso, located in an isolated bay.
This is a moderately easy trip, which suits for those who have no experience with walking holidays but have a generally good physical health. Most of the walking takes place on good paths that are regularly maintained by the local authorities. Some of the trails are marked, but in some places it is necessary to follow the issued walking descriptions and maps. The average walking time will be around 4 to 6 hours per day.
After checking in at the hotel in Levanto, it will be possible to take a stroll around the city center or even a swim in the Mediterranean Sea to freshen up after your journey.
The first walking day takes you along the coast to Monterosso al Mare. The first stretch of the walk leads you up towards Punta Mesco, one of the most beautiful promontories of Liguria and also a perfect place for a lunch stop.
On the way back it is possible to walk past the ruins of a hermitage from the 11th century, with an amazing view of the rocky coastline. You will continue via a steep path bringing you down to the colorful town of Monterosso, which rises above the waterfront. Here you have time to explore the village before heading back to Levanto on the local train (ticket approx. 2€ per person). It is also possible to hike back to Levanto on a fine alternative mountain route if you wish.
Today’s walk is going in a western direction, with the first part of the trip taking you along the beach and up over a ridge from where you walk down to the sweet seaside village of Bonassola. From here, you follow the coastal path towards a number of small villages that cling to the hillside and are collectively known as Framura. From the upper village Costa, the trail flattens and continues along the hillside, with wonderful views of the landscape and the sea.
A rather steep descent leads you down to Deiva Marina, where you will have the opportunity to continue out to Moneglia and Sestri Levante. The hike along the coast brings you past several small charming villages, and we recommend taking the time to sit down for a cup of coffee and enjoying the atmosphere in one of these villages.
You can take the train back from most of the villages, so it is possible to shorten or lengthen the walk as desired.
After checking out of the hotel, you will travel by train to Riomaggiore, which is the most southern of the five Cinque Terre villages. The train ticket costs about 2-3€ per person. You will leave your luggage at the new hotel, and then you can choose to either walk or take the train to Manarola. It is a small multicolored village, located in a majestic and steep terrain from where it is overlooking the beautiful and rocky natural harbor. Take a stroll in this beautiful village before walking up on an incredibly beautiful trail through terraced vineyards to the small village of Volastra. From here the trail winds around the mountain side, with spectacular views along the coast towards your next stop, the charming village of Corniglia.
You continue through terraced olive and citrus groves and eventually the path will lead you down a steep descent to the village of Vernazza. With its dominant old fortress, Vernazza offers some of the most extraordinary views in Liguria. Vernazza is known as the most beautiful of the surrounding villages, and here you will have the opportunity to visit the castle tower, from where there are spectacular views of the harbor and its colorful fishing boats. The village is filled with charming cafes, where you can buy refreshments before jumping on the train back to the hotel in Riomaggiore.
Today's journey takes you into the center of the Cinque Terre, where the churches og Madonna di Saviore and Madonna di Reggio are located. First you will go by train to Vernazza and from there start the walk along the coast to the rear entrance of the beautiful village of Monterosso. After a coffee break you will begin the ascent to the church Madonna di Saviore. It is the perfect spot for a lunch break and a bit of relaxation in the sun before continuing to the next sanctuary, Madonna de Reggio. Continue through the hilly landscape to the small church of San Bernardo that offers magnificent views of the coastline. From here you will begin the descent back to Vernazza, with the option to choose between two routes of different lengths.
Today you will head east from Riomaggiore towards Campiglia and Portovenere. A long flight of stairs takes you up to the Santuario della Madonna di Montenero. From here you will continue the ascent up through vineyards and along the dramatic coastal cliffs. Here is situated the Sentiero Rosso ridge that runs all the way through Cinque Terre.
After passing the small village of Campiglia, which is ideal for a refreshing stop, you will head down through the pine forest towards Portovenere. On the way you will pass the beautiful castle from the 16th century, which rises over Portovenere. If weather is good then from here you can enjoy a view that stretches to the distant Apuan Alps in the horizon. A staircase descent will bring you down into the heart of the village that you will have time to explore, before a local tour boat takes you back to Riomaggiore. The ticket costs approx. 12€ per person.
From Riomaggiore, you take the train to Camogli, where you leave your luggage at the hotel. Then you can begin your first walk on the Portofino Peninsula, which will take you to the uniquely situated monastery of San Fruttuoso, dating back to the 11th century. In all of its loneliness, it sits in a beautiful bay, and is only accessible by foot or with a boat. The trail continues through the forest and offers a number of impressive views as you pass the church of San Rocco. From San Fruttuoso it is possible to either walk back to Camogli or take a local boat.
Begin the day with a short train ride to Santa Margherita, and spend some time exploring this attractive town.
Then you walk to Portofino, which, in addition to being a large resort town and popular holiday destination for the Italien jet set, is also a beautiful colorful village. You can visit the castle and the lighthouse, which offers spectacular views. If you have the energy, you can continue along the trails and enjoy the magnificent views of the Gulf of Genoa to San Fruttuoso, highlighting the monastery from a different angle. From here you can choose to sail back to Santa Margherita or even all the way back to Camogli.
After breakfast it is time to pack your luggage and check out from the hotel for departure.
Transfer to/from the Pisa Airport (can be selected in the booking form, on page 2)
On this tour you are on your own without a tour guide. We have arranged for overnight stays, route descriptions. maps and other practical things.
The daily walking tours as described in the itinerary are at level 2. Since you are walking individually without a guide, it is possible to make your own decisions on how far you want to walk on each day.
This holiday can be booked from March to October
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Please note that transportation to and from the destination is NOT included in the package, and that you have to make sure to book your own flight that matches the holiday start- and end date. This is easily done online or by contacting us for an offer on firstname.lastname@example.org
Important: We recommend that you book the trip with us before you buy your plane tickets.
From Pisa Airport to Levanto
It is possible to take the train from Pisa Airport to Levanto. The journey takes about 1½ hours and you can get an overview of the trip here: Rome2Rio
(Milan-Levanto takes about 3h)
From Camogli to Pisa Airport
The journey back from Camogli to Pisa is easiest taken by train. On www.trenitalia.com you can find the timetables and destinations for the Italian trains. Since it may be troublesome to purchase the ticket online, we recommend purchasing it at the ticket office or -machine at the train station.
The local coastal train line has frequent departures, and tickets can be purchased directly at the station (2-3€ p.p.).
On days when the boats are not operating, it will be possible to take the train or a bus. There will be more information about this in your walking descriptions for the respective days.
Driving by car
If you choose to drive on your own to Levanto, it will be possible to leave your car at your first hotel or to take it to a public parking lot nearby the hotel. The hotel, where you'll stay first depends on where there is availability at the time when you book your holiday. Usually the hotels we cooperate with have a parking space for you. The parking is for free during the time that you live at the hotel. If you choose to leave the car at the hotel while you complete your tour then the parking usually costs abour 10-15 euros per day. In case your first hotel does not have a parking spot, you'll be able to park your car in the public parking lot, which usually costs about 30-35 euros per week.
Breakfast is included at all hotels and in Sant'Agata dei due Golfi dinner is also included.
You will spend
Breakfast is included at all hotels.
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