Explore some of the UNESCO coastal heritage sites in Tuscany and Liguria from sea and land.
Lasciatevi incantare dall'incanto della costa ligure, dai suoi paesini abbarbicati sulle coste rocciose e scoscese, con le case color pastello e dai porticcioli affollati di imbarcazioni di pescatori.
Escursione per esplorare le Cinque Terre: Lerici che corona l'estremità di una insenatura rocciosa, Riomaggiore con le sue torri, case, scalinate e piazzette medievali color pastello. Una romantica passeggiata lungo la panoramica Via dell'Amore che vi porta a Manarola, che si annida in un burrone scosceso.
Sarete incantati dalla costa rocciosa, vista dal mare, quando farete una breve escursione in barca. Scoprirete Vernazza, un gioiello posto su uno sprone petrigno, con il suo piccolo porticciolo, e Portovenere, gioiello storico, circondato da un paesaggio unico al mondo.
You will drive along roads suspended between the sky and the sea, past medieval fishing - villages - tenaciously clinging to the rocky cliffs - admiring the charm of the pastel coloured houses from the sea, the belfries and olive trees that lean out from the terraced hillsides, until you discover the magical village celebrated by Byron and Shelley at the extreme end of the curving coastline.
Driving down the motorway along the Tyrrhenian coast, you will catch sight of the dazzling white marble quarries of the Apuan Alps, after which you enter the Ligurian territory and drive into Riomaggiore, one of the beautiful villages of the Cinque Terre, with its medieval coloured tower-houses, stairways, alleys and small squares, surrounded by verdant rock-strewn hillsides.
From here, you will lead to Manarola, another small village of the Cinque Terre nestled in a gorge on a rocky promontory surrounded by vines, olive trees and fragrant Mediterranean brushwood.
We continue towards Vernazza, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, a jewel perched on a stony outcrop, stretching out towards the sea with a small port surrounded by green, steeply declining, man-made terraces.
Admire the houses, from the beach, with their pastel coloured walls, tarnished by the salty sea air, plunge into the lanes, lined by dozens of shops and let yourself be tempted by the seafood cuisine in a typical restaurant.
You can admire the beauty of these beautiful places from the sea by taking a short excursion by boat along the coast between Vernazza and Portovenere: about an hour of navigation across the curving bay of this beautiful rugged coast, that encompasses the picturesque villages you have just visited.
Portovenere expects you, justifying its ancient promise of exquisite beauty, the most distinguishing quality of the Goddess Venus (Venere), to whom the town owes its name.
A historical jewel surrounded by the unique splendour of a naturally magnificent landscape.
Take a walk along the seaside, pop into the shops, selling typical products and local handicrafts and climb up to the Gothic church of San Pietro (1198) with its typical white and black bands, perched on top of the promontory and built on the remains of a Roman temple dedicated to the goddess Venus.
The medieval sculptures in the Collegiate of San Lorenzo (1130) and the arresting grey stone Doria Castle, in its commanding position above the village are not to be missed either.
This tour includes: pick up and drop off at your hotel*, transport in a luxury minivan, a qualified English speaking driver-guide**, entrance ticket to the Park of the Cinque Terre, boat trip ticket. In case of adverse weather conditions, the transfer will take place by minibus instead of by boat.
*For those staying in hotels in the downtown.
**The driver-guide leads the tour providing general introductory information. He is not allowed to lead a guided visit inside a city centre, nor to provide historical and artistic information inside museums or churches.