Touching Gems: An Immersive Exploration of Cinque Terre & Rome

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Countries Visited

Italy, Vatican City

Places Visited

Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Manarola, Vernazza...

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Suggested Duration

10 Days

Italy is a country that touches the heart, soul, and stomach through the delectable cuisine, unparalleled history, and majestic natural beauty that stretches from the Maritime Alps to the banks of the Tiber River. Relish the refreshing breeze of the Mediterranean Sea on a private yacht in view of Cinque Terre, and then sip wine while painting a reproduction of Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers. Indulge in the aroma of fresh-made pesto and bask in the bright images of the Sistine Chapel. Touch...

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Trip Highlights

  • Relish your professional-grade photos of Cinque Terre that you will frame as guided by a professional photographer as you traverse the five towns
  • Indulge in the luxuries of the incredible scenery and lavish surroundings during a private yacht cruise along the Mediterranean Coast to visit the Italian Riviera
  • Delight in the flavors of the regional liqueurs and wines with a tasting tour around vineyards, farms, and locally produced products in Vernazza
  • Learn the delectable ingredients and style of making fresh pasta and herbaceous pesto sauce at the home of basil, Liguria 
  • Capture the inspiration and beauty of Rome’s ancient artworks with a painting class enjoyed while you sip wine
  • Travel through Rome’s historical center in a vintage tram during a dinner paired with wine and music
  • Wander through the remarkable artwork and historical halls of the Vatican Museums with a local guide eager to share the secrets of the Galleries
  • Discover the medieval towns and hidden villages of Maremma, a coastal province in Tuscany 

Detailed Description

Transcend the limits of discovery in Cinque Terre and Rome to make the beauty of past and contemporary culture tangible. Your 10-day tour will give you an immersive experience along the Italian Riviera and in the heart of the Eternal City by providing hands-on excursions. Whether you have an adventurous spirit or are an active explorer, an artistic personality or an amateur historian, you will touch the wonders of the Colosseum and taste the splendor of Vernazza. Your captivating Italian vacation will begin with your arrival at Galileo Galilei Airport in Pisa. Your private transfer will escort you to the city of La Spezia to board a local train to Riomaggiore, and this short, but scenic, ride will bring you to the most southern city of Cinque Terre. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to enjoy the sunset and wander the narrow streets of the town before settling in for the night. 

The next morning, you will board a private yacht for a full day excursion along the Italian Riviera. Visit the towns of Cinque Terre and the villages north of Monterosso with stops at secluded coves and hidden beaches before you return to Riomaggiore. Choose the trails that you prefer to explore the next day, as each path connects the towns of Cinque Terre, whether alongside the coast or along the hilltops by way of the provincial churches. You will enjoy the scenery and the quiet trails of the Ligurian seaside.

The next day, you will venture to Vernazza for a guided tour of the terraced vineyards and gardens. Settle in a quiet wine bar near the harbor for a wine, liqueur, and food tasting of regional favorites.  Next, your professional photographer will guide you along the Cinque Terre to instruct you on the best shots of the coastline, both taking photos and helping you to capture the best of the countryside as well. In the afternoon, you will meet a private chef keen to teach you the hints, tricks, and traditional recipes that create pasta and pesto sauce.

Move on as you board a boat that will bring you a chance to traverse the Gulf of Poets. Discover the towns and villages that overlook the water at your preferred pace before you return to Riomaggiore. Travel to Rome the following day by way of Pisa, Maremma, and Orvieto to delight in an exploration of the Tuscan and Lazio villages en route to the Eternal City. The next day, you will have a private guided tour of Ancient Rome bringing you to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. The images of the former empire help you to capture the beauty of Rome during a wine and painting class. Conclude as you roam the halls and galleries in Vatican City before you enjoy a unique vintage tram excursion through the historical center. Conclude as your private transfer will meet you at your hotel and escort you to Rome’s Fiumicino Airport for your flight home. 

Starting Price

$2,745 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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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
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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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