Genoa and the Cinque Terre

Discover 5 mythical villages

Genoa and the Cinque Terre

Ideal duration : 8 days –
7 nights

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Welcome to Italy’s sublime Cinque Terre region, a veritable enclave of beauty. The 5 Lands are five towns built on the side of high cliffs on the steep hills overlooking the Mediterranean. They are a UNESCO World Heritage Site., ithere is no better way to discover Italy. Bright, multicolored facades and terraces overlooking the sea, vineyards, olive groves, citrus groves and basil groves characterize this Italian gem! Explore this enchanting region by day and night, stopping off at some of the region’s most charming and uncrowded hotels…

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  • Taste regional wine grown on nearby terraces
  • The brilliant colors of the villages reflected on the water
  • Liguria’s gastronomic specialities
  • Follow the splendid hiking trails linking the villages
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Day 1: Genoa

Arrive in Genoa from France and drop off your luggage at a hotel overlooking the Piazza Principe, with a clean, luxurious style that respects the atmosphere of a historic 19th-century building. Discover secret Genoa, a city that has inherited its glorious past and boasts an exceptional heritage. Backing onto the hillside and looking out to sea, Christopher Columbus’s city is packed with palaces, museums, Baroque churches, little boutiques and restaurants where you can enjoy simple, delicious cuisine.

Day 2: Genoa

Continue your discovery of Genoa by strolling along the Strada Nuova and its museums, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful streets in Europe. Then drive to your next accommodation at the gateway to the Five Lands National Park. A sumptuous 19th-century villa perched on the rocks overlooking the sea, offering an exceptional view of the famous Portofino. Immersed in the fragrant greenery of a garden with terraces and pergolas, the Villa is reflected in the water of the infinity pool. All around, an Italian-style garden…

Day 3: Portofino

Today, visit romantic Portofino. A splendid town full of charm, brimming with ancient buildings. Typical and picturesque, it’s just as famous for its colorful, inviting houses as for its architectural gems. Take a seat on the harbor to enjoy the gentle setting and observe the various yachts and boats moored here. Don’t miss Brown Castle, a fortress overlooking the town from a rocky promontory. Its hanging garden offers a breathtaking view of the port and the Gulf of Tigullio.

Day 4: Moneglia and Monterosso al Mare

Today, let’s get down to the real villages of the Cinque Terre. Start by visiting Moneglia, a small village wedged in the middle of a gulf, facing the sea. Beach lovers will appreciate the fine sand of its beach. In terms of vegetation, umbrella pines and Mediterranean maquis blend into the landscape. Finally, on the cultural side, you can visit the house of one of the leading exponents of Ligurian painting, Luca Cambiaso, and one of his works (Ultima cena) in the church of Santa Croce. Then drive a little further along the steep coastal roads to reach nearby Monterosso al Mare. The first village of the 5, it’s famous for its long, sandy beach, where you can relax before wandering through the maze of narrow, colorful streets of the old town.

Voyage Gènes Cinque Terre Italie vacances séjour
Voyage Gènes Cinque Terre Italie vacances séjour

Day 5: Vernazza

Discover the village of Vernazza today, perhaps the most famous of the five lands, and for good reason. It’s one of the region’s most picturesque villages, dominated by a medieval watchtower and surrounded by green hills covered with terraced vineyards. Vernazza’s narrow, winding streets are lined with colorful houses and small stores selling local products such as olive oil, pesto and wine. The port of Vernazza is constantly bustling with fishermen returning each day with their catch of the day. Let yourself be carried away by the authentic, picturesque charm of this small village… Once you’ve come to the end of your discovery, head for your next accommodation, on the other side of the protected park, on the outskirts of La Spezia. A magnificent house located near the border between Liguria and Tuscany. At the foot of the Apuan Alps, immersed in the greenery of Colline del Sole and in a privileged position from which you can enjoy an enchanting view from your infinity pool. The house, finely restored, has been thought through to the smallest detail to make it welcoming and comfortable for you, and respectful of the environment.

 

Day 6: Corniglia and Manarola

We’re heading for two new villages today as we head north. First Corniglia, the only village without direct access to the sea, situated on a promontory overlooking the sea at an altitude of 100 m. So it’s the most peaceful of the hamlets, far more sheltered from the tourist crowds than its neighbors. Corniglia is surrounded by terraced vineyards that produce local wine, including the famous Sciacchetrà, a sweet, aromatic wine. Stroll the streets, discover the local craft stores and bars where you can taste the region’s white wine and Liguria’s famous focaccia… Once you’ve filled your belly with all these specialties, head to Manarola. An ancient winegrowing village, Manarola is the oldest, most authentic and most romantic of the 5 Terre villages. Its houses are typical of Ligurian architecture, with pastel facades and arched windows. The town center is small and picturesque, with narrow streets and winding staircases. You can try a swim at the foot of the cliffs jutting out into the water, or sit with an ice cream in the bustling fishing port. Enjoy the almost timeless magic of this place, cut off from the modern world by its enormous cliffs…

Voyage Gènes Cinque Terre Italie vacances séjour
Voyage Gènes Cinque Terre Italie vacances séjour

Day 7: Riomaggiore and La Spezia

For your last day, head for the last village of the five, Riomaggiore. An ancient fishing village, Riomaggiore, which translates as “the major river”, is the closest picturesque village to La Spezia. Once again, stroll its streets and discover its colorful houses perched on steep cliffs. Taste local specialties such as basil pesto or regional wines, and make your way to the medieval tower above the port called the Torre Guardiola, offering stunning views of the sea and surrounding cliffs. On the way back to your accommodation, stop off in La Spezia, the largest city near the national park. From the beginning of the 20th century, the city boasted elegant botanical gardens and handsome Art Nouveau buildings. Today, La Spezia is a culturally rich stopover, led by its fine museums. Visit the Museum of Ancient Art or the Center for Contemporary Art…

Day 8: Last day and flight home

Enjoy your last day in Italy today before your flight back to France.

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