Manarola in the Cinque Terre, Italy

Active Tour of Rome & Cinque Terre: Hiking & Biking Through History

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Countries Visited

Italy, Vatican City

Places Visited

Rome, Vatican City

Suggested Duration

8 Days

The best way to soak in the beauty of Italy is to let the splendid antiquity and wondrous landscape surround you. Listen to trivia about ancient Rome as you jog along the banks of the Tiber River. Follow the footpaths that overlook the Mediterranean Sea as you hike the towns of Cinque Terre. Relish the refreshing aroma of olive groves as you cycle the Appian Way and then relax in the resplendent walkways of the Borghese Villa gardens. Your custom tailored tour will blend the pleasures of Italian...

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore the ten preserved miles of the ancient road known as the Appian Way during a guided bike ride that leads to a cluster of historical catacombs
  • Enjoy a leisurely bike ride through the lavish gardens of the Borghese Villa, which is often referred to as Rome’s Central Park
  • Stroll beneath the opulent frescoes and remarkable architecture of the Villa Farnesina, which leads to a panorama of Rome at Santa Trinita dei Monti
  • Wander along the trails that crisscross the Ligurian Coast between the enchanting towns of the Cinque Terre
  • Delight in a short cruise along the Mediterranean to visit the secluded grounds of the Monastery of San Fruttuoso
  • Embark on a half-day walking tour of the city of Pisa to discover the monuments behind the Leaning Tower
  • Traverse the majestic gardens of Roman Emperor Hadrian’s former villa in the town of Tivoli
  • Relish a morning run alongside captivating ancient monuments of Rome, including the Ara Pacis
  • Partake in Roman tradition with a warm footbath to help sooth your feet at the end of an active day exploring

Detailed Description

An active lifestyle can take you from the great outdoors to the majesty of monuments that have inspired Western Civilization.  You may also go from a manmade lake in a once private garden of a noble family to the steps of a papal fortress on the edge of the Tiber River. Your 8-day active tour of Rome and Cinque Terre combines the best of Italian history and culture with the joys of keeping an active lifestyle to connect the rapture of exploration with the euphoria of a runner’s high.

The journey will begin with your arrival at Fiumicino Airport in Rome, and your private transfer will meet you at baggage claim and escort you into the historical city center at your luxurious hotel. After check-in, your guide will meet you in the lobby and escort you on a remarkable walking tour of the city and lead you through the lavish estate of Villa Farnesina to the vibrant square that overlooks the Spanish Steps. Next day, wake up early for a guided running tour of the historical neighborhoods of Rome, beginning and ending at the Castle Sant’Angelo. Your tour of the ancient life of the empire will continue with a private guided exploration of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. In the evening, you can partake in the ancient Roman spa ritual of soothing your tired feet in a warm footbath.

The grandeur of Vatican City will present itself early on the next day. Traverse the grounds of the gardens, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the stunning museum galleries before you delight in a leisurely bike ride along the paths of the Borghese gardens. Next day, enjoy a cycling tour along the ten miles of the preserved Appian Way. Follow your guide into the catacombs of St. Callixtus to view early Christian burial rituals and frescoes, and then follow your active discovery of the old Roman road with an exploration of the opulent villas in Tivoli. Travel next to the Ligurian town of Levanto by way of the famous city of Pisa for a guided walking tour of the city to take in the Leaning Tower and the treasures of the medieval maritime power often overlooked by visitors.

Next, traverse the variety of trails that lead from Levanto to the five towns of Cinque Terre with a stop to admire the architecture, culture, history, and the views that are secluded due to the natural landscape. Continue with a short cruise along the Mediterranean to the hidden monastery of San Fruttuoso, and the remainder of the day is yours to bask in the charms of the seaside. Take the trail to Portofino, or rest your legs as your relax on the beach of Monterosso. Conclude as you travel to Genoa with enough time to visit the highlights of the city before you check-in to your flight at the Cristoforo Colombo Airport.

Starting Price

$2,859 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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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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