This trip is a unique Cinque Terre experience that will combine the best hiking trails with great food and wine. You will discover off the beaten path itineraries with great panoramas and just a few people. You will enjoy gourmet stops, Cinque Terre “heroic” wine and even learn to prepare traditional recipes.
A private trip thought for active people who want to experience the stunning landscapes of Cinque Terre and its surroundings, but without forgetting the gourmet part of their holiday to Italy… in a slow way.
Today is your arrival day! Benvenuto!
Check-in at your boutique accommodation. Take your time to relax after your long trip to this special part of the Italian Riviera and start to feel the Italian living atmosphere!
After breakfast, you’ll meet your local insider for a walking tour of the Cinque Terre villages: five small colored fishing villages carved out of the rocky hillsides above the Mediterranean Sea! Connected only by paths, boats or trains these lands haven’t changed their traditional architecture and are as they were in past times.
Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, set like clusters of colorful houses between mountains, sea and sky, each of them has a special personality.
All of them share delicious food specialties and during your tour you’ll taste some of them in a typical trattoria. It will be heaven for your buds!
After breakfast, you’ll meet your local insider for a unique and authentic hiking experience in Cinque Terre. You will hike through terraced vineyards and steep trails overlooking the Mediterranean sea. You’ll tackle these breathtaking paths till reaching the top of the hill from which you’ll enjoy Cinque Terre unique atmosphere and views.
Then, you’ll be welcomed by a local producer who will show you his amazing terraced vineyards overlooking the sea and protected by Unesco. You'll hear more about the history of this unique wine, how is produced and you will understand why wine in Cinque Terre is called “Heroic”. Then you’ll visit the tiny cellar carved in the rock and here you will taste wine, including the rare Sciacchetrà dessert wine paired with typical appetizers. We are sure that this authentic experience will make you catch the real essence of Cinque Terre!
After breakfast, enjoy the morning on your own and take your time to relax.
In the afternoon you will be welcomed to participate to a private cooking lesson. You will learn to make the famous Genoese pesto sauce…but, with mortar and pestle as the tradition wants. Our Italian chef will unveil you the secrets of hand-made pasta and other local recipes depending on the season. While cooking you’ll taste wine and at the end of the lesson, you will have a delicious Ligurian dinner with what you have prepared.
Today you will have a wonderful day in Portovonere and then hike in Palmaria island!
Accompanied by your private hiking guide you will follow a ring trail around the island passing through Mediterranean vegetation, admiring beautiful beaches, cliffs and the best panorama of the village of Portovenere, with its row of tall and colorful houses, the Medieval walls that still surrounds it and the unique church of San Pietro perched on a cliff.
This is an itinerary off the beaten path, perfect also in summer since you will have the possibility to take a dip in one of the nice coves that you will encounter during your walk.
Crossing the channel by boat, you’ll be back to Portovenere and visit this unique hamlet.
Today’s gourmet touch? During your hiking day you’ll have a gourmet picnic with typical specialties.
After breakfast, check-out and departure.
If you have some more time we suggest to enrich your trip with an hiking day in Portofino National Park.
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