Hiking in the Cinque Terre National Park
I will take you in a slow way in the most genuine and intimate places where the strain of a hard, solitary and steady labour echoes the landscape, blinded by the sun and swept by the sea, and where the unshakeable hope, which pushes on such a tiring work, finds solace under the disguise of vineyards covering the coast, in the miracle of thin vines that, in spite of the drought, produce a vintage wine.
We will get in the stillness and in the daydream of old maritime villages, going through the typical narrow winding alleys, where small squares, with some lazy cats dozing on a step, open among light yellow and rose houses.
We will hike from Corniglia to Manarola passing Volastra.
We will take a rest in a wineshop or a cafè tasting a glass of the local vintage wine. If you don't want to walk more than a couple of hours we could rent a ride on a private van directly to Volastra or we could get on a small public bus from Manarola to Volastra. At the end of the hike we will get on the ferry to go visiting Vernazza. Our lunch time will be in one of the picturesque squares or small harbours of the sea villages. Of course we will not forget to stroll around the villages and have an italian gelato. I suggest to take your swimsuit with you cause we will have the chance to take a cooling and restfull bath in the crystal waters of the Maritime Protected Area of Cinque Terre. In case of adverse weather conditions or any kind of unexpected security problems for the excursionists every efforts will be made to provide the best alternative activities.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At your hotel or apartment if you stay in Cinque Terre or in the surrounding area.
At the pier of La Spezia or Portovenere, where the tenders from your ship arrive, if your Cruising Ship is in the Gulf of La Spezia.
If you are not staying near the visited areas as well you are in a cruise ship docked at Livorno or Genova you might chose either to ask me to rent a private van. In this case you will meet the driver at the dock and me directly in La Spezia.
End location: At the same place of the start
Duration: 6 hours
the duration of the tour can be changed if you need to reach your cruise ship before
we will hike and we will take a public ferry. If you are not staying in Cinque Terre we will arrive to Corniglia by train. I can arrange a vehicle if required. In case of bad waves conditions we will not get on the ferry and we will take the train to reach Vernazza (train trip lasts just few minutes)
full/day guided tour (suggestions and orientation for the next days in Liguria)
Estimated Local Cash Needed
60 € - 50 € per person for lunch and wine tasting, and 10 € per person to travel by public ferry or train between the villages
Lunch in a seafood restaurant or packed lunch on the footpath (there's a chance to taste our different types of local focaccia), wine tasting (there's an appreciated and age-old tradition of sweet wine and lemons liqueur production). Public ferry tickets and the eventual train ticket are not included
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Marco was top notch. Very accommodating, pleasant and very knowledgeable. He tailored the trip to suit everyone with us. Some wanted to hike, others wanted to just hang out and swim. Both groups where happy with the arrangement. Not only did Marco know all about the history of the islands but also vegetation. He arranged for a small boat to take us back to the train which was lovely as we got the view of cinque Terre from the water. Without Marco we would not have experienced half of what we did.