Hiking in the Italian Coast means viewing the most spectacular natural environments in the Liguria area. The mix between the culture, gastronomy, history and scenery make this area one of the best places to enjoy hiking in Italy.
Any of the days could be shorten -using a private transfer- in order to be more comfortable.
DAY 1 La Spezia - Porto Venere
Meeting in the train station of La Spezia. Before taking the boat to Porto Venere, we take a stroll through its great pedestrian area. Once in Porto Venere, we move to the hotel. After dinner, we take a walk by the beautiful Italian town. Porto Venere, marine town of Roman times, has a historical old town with a unique configuration in the entire region of Liguria, with aligned buildings that act as fortification and house. We can visit the church of San Pedro, the castle, the walls, and the Muzzerone Fort. In front of Porto Venere we see the Palmaria Island, tomorrow's destination.
DAY 2 Palmaria Island - Porto Venere
[4,3 miles 590 elevation gain and loss]
After an abundant breakfast, we go to the wharf, where we take a boat to the Palmaria Island, the largest island of the archipelago of Porto Venere and of great historical importance due to its old military function. Today we hike around this wonderful island. The flora is made up of around 500 different species, some important species of reptiles, gulls, crows, bats, and hawks, among others. In the afternoon we take the boat back to Porto Venere.
DAY 3 Porto Venere – Riomaggiore
[7,4 miles / 2,050 elevation gain feet – 2165 elevation loss]
Today’s destination is Riomaggiore. We begin the day climbing towards Campiglia, one of the best-known towns in Italy for the culture of saffron. There we make a stop and enjoy the magnificent views towards the Gulf of La Spezia and the Mediterranean Sea. We continue the long walk, almost flat, between the leafy Mediterranean pines, enjoying churches that are more than 1000 years old and small towns that are practically abandoned. With Riomaggiore at our feet (some 1200 feet below us) we sleep on a hill in front of the sea.
DAY 4 Riomaggiore - Corniglia
[4,22 miles / 1340 elevation gain – 1025 elevation loss]
After a hearty breakfast, we walk towards Corniglia, the only town in Cinque Terre far from the beach. But first we visit Riomaggiore, founded in the 7th century by a group of Greek fugitives; the houses, built in parallel rows, are crossed by lofty stairs and straight alleys. We'll take a walk to the Guardiola Tower, enjoying the spectacular views. On the way back we'll hike the “Lover’s Walk” towards Manarola. Its houses are hung partially in a colorful spur that extends towards the sea. After the visit to Manarola, we take the footpath that leads us to Corniglia, being different from the rest by its more rural character, and by the linear disposition of the houses.
DAY 5 Corniglia - Monterosso al Mare
[7,4 miles / 3346 elevation gain – 2119 elevation loss]
We hike towards Vernazza, whose origin dates back from the Roman times. Its importance in the history of Liguria stands out because of its city-planning structure, characterized by houses-towers raised with galleries, porches and decorated doors. Oaks and cypresses will give us wonderful shades, and we admire the beautiful view of Vernazza. Today’s trail is well off-the-beaten-path and we'll hardly see any other hikers.
DAY 6 Monterosso al Mare - Levanto
[6,65 miles / 1310 elevation gain – 2355 elevation lost]
We begin the day with a downhill of 80 minutes towards Monterosso al Mare, covered with olive trees, vines and gorgeous plants of lemons. This is the last town that belongs to Cinque Terre, and holds one of the greatest beaches of all. It dates from the times of Republican Rome. We walk towards Punta Mesco, the most northern part of the tour, where the views from the route speak for themselves. Later, we hike towards Levanto, with the Mediterranean Sea always on our left, and enjoying a pretty footpath through the forest.
DAY 7 Levanto – Porto Venere
Indeed, today is the day for memories; why? Because after breakfast, our destination is nothing less than to take the boat to Porto Venere, seeing all the coastline from the sea, all the towns of Cinque Terre, our footpaths, the magical moments, and our great hike. We enjoy the landscape that we have walked from the boat, with the wind in our faces and the beating of the waves, I can assure you that is a true wonder, so what are you waiting for?
• Meeting/assistance at the train station of La Spezia;
• Bed and Breakfast high standard, breakfast included;
Single supplement 2018 ($799)
• Our luggage is carried by private taxi each day;
• All transports by boat;
• 5 dinners in quality restaurants;
• All picnics during the hikes;
• Professional Mountain Guide.
• Beverages and meals not specified;
• Travel insurance;
• Anything not specified in "Price includes";
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