If you love Italy and you have already visited the most famous must-sees, you are probably looking for some new destinations, that allow you to enjoy the real Italian lifestyle, to see beautiful and less crowded places, to taste traditional recipes, meet local people and hear their stories.

Liguria is a perfect destination for all of this, with its fishing villages, country hamlets, and the amazing coast with beautiful sandy beaches and secluded coves, not to mention hidden pearls like Genoa with its authentic medieval historical center rich in contrasts, with noble painted palaces (read more here about the Rolli Palaces) next to incredible centuries-old shops.

Manarola Cinque Terre

But Liguria is also a perfect base to visit other Italian regions so that Cinque Terre, Portofino and Genoa can be combined with other beautiful destinations that you can reach in a maximum of 2 hours.

LIGURIA AND PIEDMONT

In a few time, you can reach the Barolo and Langhe area, famous for its castles, wines, cheese, and truffles.

Rolling hills and medieval villages: Alba, with its towers will fascinate you, Barolo, Barbaresco, Serralunga, and more with amazing ancient castles.

Piedmont and Langhe rolling hills are close to Liguria

This is the area where Slow Food was born and it is the perfect setting for a gourmet trip.

You will discover untouched places listed in the Unesco World Heritage sites and here you can meet local small producers.

Don’t miss to taste the famous cheeses and hazelnuts (did you know that the famous hazelnuts and chocolate cream Nutella was born here?).

Piedmont hazelnut

Not to speak about wine!

If you travel to Liguria and Piedmont, you should taste and compare the precious Cinque Terre Sciacchetrà or the Ligurian white wines with the famous Piedmont red wines such as Barolo and Barbaresco (yes, they have the same name as the villages you will visit).

piedmont wine and food tour

If you love hiking, Liguria and Piedmont should be your dream destinations: from the steep coast of Cinque Terre, with its trails suspended between sea and sky, to the rolling hills covered with vineyards and hazelnut trees in Piedmont.

Each path will give you new emotions arriving at a small cellar or a medieval castle.

LIGURIA AND TUSCANY

Tuscany needs no presentation and is just next to Liguria, particularly to the Cinque Terre area.

If you are staying in Cinque Terre you can also do a day trip to take a look at the famous Pisa leaning tower or, and we strongly recommend it, drive 1 hour and discover the beautiful fortified town of Lucca with its 100 churches and beautiful Renaissance noble villas.

Lucca Tuscany

If you want to continue your trip, and you have already visited Florence, you can go on to the Siena area.

Here the beautiful Val d’Orcia is waiting for you with its naked hills with lone cypress trees, just as medieval painters and modern photographers have represented it.

You shouldn’t miss visiting Siena with its cathedral, just restored, and the beautiful towns of Pienza and Montepulciano.

It will be a fascinating contrast to compare the colored cluster of houses of Cinque Terre fishing villages with the severe perfection of these towns designed by Renaissance architects.

Church in Val D'Orcia Tuscany

If you are a food lover, this is a paradise for you: Pienza is famous for its Pecorino cheese, and what about learning from an expert local chef to prepare the most famous recipes of the Tuscan tradition?

You will discover if you prefer the typical Tuscan bread or the Ligurian Focaccia!

Of course, Tuscany is also a land of great wines and we are sure you will find many occasions to taste them.

Not so greedy?

You can always choose to relax in one of the many thermal places scattered around the region that is reached in natural healing waters.

Bagno Vignoni Thermal Tuscany

Do they look to you as if they were different words?

No, it is just the marvelous diversity of each Italian region and it is possible to taste it all in one trip.

Yes, we’re telling the truth.

No rush, no queues, no big groups, just the real soul of places you’ll visit.

How much time do you need? 8 days are enough.

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