Lockdowns and travel restrictions have forced us to stay at home or to just move in proximity of our neighborhoods.

And what happens when we sit around and think about travel all day? We make big plans!

We all look forward to an awe-inspiring trip that allows us to reconnect with nature, explore destinations off the beaten path, experience the art of Slow Travel, rediscover the warmth of human connections by interacting with locals.

Italy is the perfect destination for this kind of enriching and relaxing post-pandemic trip.

In fact, the home of the Dolce Vita is the emblem of slowing down time and savoring every step of our journey, which is what we need to rest and reset.

Here are some ideas for an amazing post-pandemic trip to Italy.

Foodie Tour between Piedmont and Liguria

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta” said Italian film director Federico Fellini. Magic and amazing food beyond pasta is what the neighboring regions of Piedmont and Liguria have to offer in northern Italy. 

Piedmont Barolo

Piedmont is a famous foodie paradise, home to the vineyard landscapes of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato that are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Here you can learn the history of and taste fine wines like Barolo and Dolcetto d’Alba, alternating visits to wine museums, vineyards and historical cellars.

Piedmont also boasts an amazing variety of cheese, six of which are produced exclusively in this region: Bra, Castelmagno, Murazzano, Raschera, Robiola di Roccaverano and Toma Piemontese.

And if that’s not enough, Piedmont’s rich gastronomy is also tied to locally sourced hazelnuts and truffles of the finest quality. 

Liguria’s local cuisine was shaped throughout time by the region’s unique territorial morphology and seafaring history.

This is the motherland of the iconic focaccia oven-baked flatbread and the farinata pancake with chickpea flour.

Love pasta? Don’t miss some fresh trofie made with chestnut flour, or the pansoti filled with wild herbs!

Genoa is a fantastic place where to taste Ligurian street food, while in the villages of Cinque Terre you will find the unique, silver-bright acciughe (anchovies), the fine extra virgin olive oil with the Protected Designation of Origin, and the prestigious Sciachetrà wine.

This trip is ideal for foodies who would like to discover and taste the real local culinary traditions of Liguria and Piedmont.

How? Through hands-on cooking lessons in an atmospheric cellar or in an aristocratic palazzo; by visiting panoramic vineyards in the hinterland or on the “heroic” winemaking sea cliffs; by meeting local people and producers.

Intrigued? Have a look at our trip called “Slow Food Tour from Piedmont to The Italian Riviera”.

Picture-perfect villages between Liguria and Tuscany

If you dream of strolling around the idyllic villages of Italy, this itinerary is ideal for you!

In fact, it combines the iconic sea villages of Cinque Terre in Liguria with the picturesque hamlets in the Tuscan countryside, particularly in the Val d’Orcia valley. Both areas are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

The Cinque Terre attract visitors from all around the world, but you can still travel like a local, away from mass tourism and large groups.

Manarola Village Cinque Terre

An expert travel guide can enrich your walking tour by taking you to hidden corners and adding experiences such as a cooking lesson or wine tasting. Have you ever heard of the Gulf of Poets?

It’s a bay off the beaten path right next to Cinque Terre, dotted with beautiful villages that attracted writers like Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron. Worth a stop, especially by sailing the gulf for an alternative viewpoint!

Val d’Orcia is only a 3-hour drive away, and – just like Liguria – it will amaze you with the beautiful combination of art, nature and gastronomy.

Here you will find the famous Tuscan hills “decorated” with lines of cypresses, medieval villages like Montepulciano and Pienza, and fantastic wineries. The area is also great for bike rides and hiking along ancient trails.

Val D'Orcia Great Tuscany

Be prepared to be wowed by the iconic Dome and towers in Siena, and by little-known gems like the huge thermal pool in the heart of Bagno Vignoni.

This trip is great for those who love nature, art and food!

If you want to get inspired with a more detailed itinerary, have a look at our trip called “Cinque Terre and Tuscany Picturesque Villages”.

Full immersion in Liguria: outdoor activities and Dolce Vita

If you want to focus on only one region during your post-pandemic trip to Italy, Liguria is a surprising and diverse destination.

Here you will find the sea and the mountains at a short distance away from each other, with some of the most spectacular panoramas that nature has to offer. 

After months of lockdown, a cycling tour is a fantastic way to spend time outdoors and discover the most scenic villages of the Italian Riviera – such as Portofino, Camogli and Cinque Terre.

Just imagine yourself on a mountain bike or an e-bike, cycling amidst the lush vegetation, the deep blue sea and the pastel-colored houses that are so typical of Liguria.

E-Bike and Bike in Cinque Terre or Portofino

And after an active day in nature, it’s time to enjoy an Italian-style aperitivo and dinner in a lovely piazza in Portofino… Buon appetito!

If you like the idea of an active post-lockdown vacation, see our trip called “Cycling the Italian Riviera: from Portofino to Cinque Terre”.

Liguria’s capital, Genoa, is a treasure trove that is well worth visiting.

We bet that you will be charmed by the contrast of noble palaces and medieval alleyways, of historical food shops and street food stands.

Here, on the exquisitely decorated Piano Nobile (noble floor) of an aristocratic building you can learn to cook the famous pesto sauce with the marble mortar and wood pestle!

And after seeing the historic port of a large city like Genoa, you will be fascinated to see how Liguria’s seafaring tradition continues in the small harbors of fishing hamlets along the Italian Riviera.

If you are looking for a trip that combines nature, culture and food around Liguria, don’t miss the “Best of Italian Riviera”.

From trip ideas to bespoke itineraries

Did you like our suggested trips?

Keep in mind that we at BeautifuLiguria can customize each itinerary according to your requests!

And don’t miss our flexible cancellation policy that allows you to plan your Italian vacation in advance and with complete peace of mind.

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