Italian Riviera 2 itinerary
The tour starts in Sestri Levante, a very attractive resort town that is built along a peninsula , with a bay on either side: the charming Bay of Silence and the Bay of Fairies (name in honour of Hans Christian Anderson who lived here in the 1880s). Peninsula ends with a forested hill a monastery on top.
The first section on today’s walk follows a marked trail through forest to a headland with views back over Sestri and the Tigullio Gulf to Portofino. From here the trail rounds the peninsula, passing through more forest before descending to a small town with a long sandy beach. Here you have the option of shortening the walk by taking the train from this point. 7 kms, 2 hours
The second section climbs up to another headland with the ruins of a medieval lookout tower. The path then contours around a deep valley, passing through forest before descending to another very attractive town clustered around a small port, where you’ll spend the night. 8 kms, 3 hours
Today’s is a long walk, which can, however. be shortened by catching one of the regular trains to your overnight base. The first section passes through one of the least known and most unspoilt sections of the Ligurian coast, a bushwalk that takes you up and over the next hill to a neighbouring town. Here you have the option of shortening the walk by taking the train from this point. 11.5 kms, 4 hours
The second section involves a steep climb at the beginning, following an ancient path through oak forests. It is one of the most beautiful walks along the whole route. It finishes at a very quaint town that has a long sandy beach. 4 kms 1.5 hours
There is a gentle start to today’s walk: you leave town along a disused railway tunnel which has recently been converted into a cycle/walking way to Levanto. After walking along the waterfront, the trail picks a superb coastal path, going through woods with breathtaking views of the gulf and the Cinque Terre. It finishes at the first of the five famous villages. 10.5 kms, 4 hours
With today's walk you start on the Sentiero Azzuro, the celebrated path that links the five villages of the Cinque Terre. The walk weaves along cliffs and through terraces, offering spectacular views over the bays and the villages, taking you to Vernazza. (4 kms, 2.5 hrs). You will need to take train ride back to Monterosso for your accommodation tonight.
You will need to take a short train ride back to Vernazza this morning to continue your walk. This morning, you pick up the Sentiero Azzuro again passing through olive groves with views up to the ancient terraces climbing the mountains above you You pass through two more of the Cinque Terre villages (where you can stop for lunch) before following the Via del Amore into the last of the five villages, where you'll stay the night. (A beautiful alternative high walk through the vineyards of Volastra for this day is included in case the path between Corniglia and Manarola is closed for restoration). (7 kms, 3.5 hrs)
Today you walk above the eastern part of the gulf to Portovenere. It’s a big climb up to the ridge. First stop is a religious sanctuary, before continuing up through forest to the top (600 mts asl). From here you slowly descend to a small village where you can pause for a break. The final section is a long steady descent through forest to the spectacularly situated Portovenere. 14 kms, 5 hours
The walk this morning starts with a short boat ride across the narrow waterway that separates Portovenere from a fascinating island which has a small fishing village and the remains of a monastery from the 11th century. You return by boat to Portovenere. 12 kms, 3 hours
Transfer to La Spezia, thirty minutes’ drive away. La Spezia is a busy and colourful port, which has a number of excellent museums and good rail connections.
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A 9 day/8 night walk from Sestri Levante to Portovenere
- Eight nights accommodation
- All breakfasts included
- Reading lists and historical and cultural notes
- Maps and detailed walking instructions
- Hidden Italy App with GPS to complement the roadbook
- Daily transfers of baggage between hotels
- 24 hour backup from local manager
$3400 b&b per person
Single supplement: $800
** Please note a high season surcharge may apply.
Tour costs quoted are in Australian dollars (AUD)
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