Italian Riviera 2 itinerary

Day 1:

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.

Day 2:

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

strip 3

Day 3:

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

Day 4:

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

strip 5

Day 5:

Today’s walk takes you along the Sentiero Azzurro, the celebrated path that links the five Cinque Terre villages.  The well-marked trail weaves along cliffs and through terraces, offering spectacular views over the villages and the sea.   It finishes at the second, and most picturesque, of the villages.  6 kms, 2 hours

Day 6:

You pick up the Sentiero Azzurro again and walk to the fourth village, perched high above the water.  From here, you climb uphill and then contour through vineyards before descending to a tiny fishing village wedged into a steep gully.  From here it’s a short walk around to Riomaggiore, the last of the five villages.  8 kms, 3 hours

strip 7

Day 7:

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

Day 8:

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

Day 9:

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 walk from Sestri Levante to Portovenere

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    per person

Eight nights accommodation
All breakfasts
Reading lists and historical and cultural notes
Maps and detailed walking instructions
Daily transfers of baggage between hotels
24 hour backup from local manager

Cost Options

$2570 B&B only per person


$3040 with dinners included per person.

Single supplement: $650


Tour costs quoted are in Australian dollars (AUD)



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