Fishers return to the marinas found on the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean Sea alongside the olive groves, vineyards, and lemon orchards that thrive on the steep terraced hillsides that ridge the Ligurian coastline. Embrace the Italian idea of passeggiata on your custom tailored Northern Italy itinerary and take to the unpaved trails and cobbled lanes that connect the villages and towns along the Italian Riviera. From the colorful homes of Cinque Terre to the beautiful cliff-adorned...
Levanto – Arrive on the Ligurian Coast in the Enchanting Town of Levanto
The Alps and the Apennines converge near the Ligurian coastline and then plunge into the Mediterranean Sea as remnants of the Roman Empire, Byzantine traders, and the Genovese Republic continue to influence the culture in the architecture, cuisine, and artistry along the shores. Your flight will land at Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport, and your private transfer will greet you upon arrival and escort you into the gorgeous city of Levanto. Cobblestones add charm to the seaside streets over the foundations of the Roman city of Ceula. In the Middle Ages, Levanto gained prominence as a stop along the pilgrimage route of Via Francigena, which connected France to Rome.
The scent of the sea sweeps between the tower homes as boats wade in the quiet marina alongside the promenade and cobbled beaches. Restaurants cook sea bass over a grill, dressing the fish garlic and fresh squeezed lemon. You can settle into the comforts of your grand accommodation that will combine beautiful views with contemporary luxury. The remainder of the day is yours to bask in the beauty of Levanto at your preferred pace to stroll along the ramparts of the medieval castle and the Gothic façade of the 13th-century church of Sant’Andrea.
Levanto – Embrace the Landscape and Trek from Levanto to Monterosso
Levanto – Hike the Trail that Connects the Remaining Towns of Cinque Terre
Levanto – Enjoy a Hike to Portovenere and a Private Cruise to Levanto
Santa Margherita – Visit the Secluded San Fruttuoso and the Local Wineries
Santa Margherita – Venture to Portofino and Enjoy a Private Cooking Class
Santa Margherita – Relish the Beauty of Liguria with a Day at Leisure
Santa Margherita – Depart for Home
- Embrace the gorgeous nature of the Ligurian countryside while traversing the trails that straddle the Maritime Alps with steep cliffs and stunning seaside
- Indulge in the fresh and enchanting flavors of Liguria during a private cooking class that will highlight the staples of the regional coastal cuisine
- Delight in the beauty of the five towns collectively known as Cinque Terre while trekking the renowned trails that connect the village streets along the coast
- Visit the hidden Abbey of San Fruttuoso, reached only by boat or by trail, for a blend of beachside fun and opulent historical architecture
- Sample the regional desert wine of sciacchetra after touring the terraced vineyards that overlook the Mediterranean Sea
- Traverse the cobbled lanes, charming marinas, historical Cathedrals, and dramatic castles of hidden villages along the Gulf of Poets
- Hike the trails that connect the towns and villages of the Italian Riviera, including circumnavigating Punta Mesco
The forests of the Maritime Alps glow emerald as the Mediterranean waters glisten with indigo, turquoise, and sapphire hues. Markets brim with locals in search of the catch of the day and cafes offer views to the marina, accompanied by the decadent aroma of espresso. Your 8-day itinerary of Northern Italy will combine daily life with active participation and allow you to discover the landscapes of the coastline and the culture of the seaside towns at your preferred pace. Your adventure will begin with your arrival at Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport, and your private transfer will greet you and escort you to your luxurious hotel in Levanto. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure to visit both the New and the Old neighborhoods of the city that edges the captivating waters.
The next day, you will follow your guide on the trail that connects Levanto to Monterosso, one of the five towns of the renowned Cinque Terre. Follow the path along the mountains to enjoy the views around Punta Mesco. In Monterosso, you can wander the cobbled lanes and bask on the warm sand of the beach before returning to Levanto. Wake the next day to take the train to Riomaggiore, the most southerly town of Cinque Terre, to begin you adventurous hike that will connect the remaining towns. In Manarola, you will relish a wine tour that will include tastings of the sciacchetra dessert wine.
Begin the next day as you follow the trail to Portovenere with a stop en route at the Sanctuary of Montenero and the village of Campiglia. Your guide will meet you at your hotel the next day to escort you to Santa Margherita. After settling into the comforts of your lavish hotel, you can follow the trail that leads to San Fruttuoso. Continue inland to visit a local winery that produces delicious organic wines, and the next day, take to the trails that connecting Santa Margherita to Portofino, a luxurious town known for its handsome lanes and rich history.
Meet your chef in the town square for a private cooking class that will introduce you to the authentic flavors of the Ligurian cuisine. Indulge with a day at your leisure to explore the wonders of the Italian Riviera as you desire. Relish the hidden villages on the Gulf of Poets or return to Cinque Terre to bask in the comforts of your favorite of the five villages. You could also take an excursion to Pisa to view the legendary Piazza dei Miracoli. Conclude as your private transfer will greet you at your hotel after breakfast and escort you to the Genoa International Airport for your flight home.
$2,195 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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