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Cinque Terre

Italy

Explore ‘The Five Lands’ in luscious Liguria

The five idyllic coastal villages that make up the Cinque Terre, or ‘Five Lands’, are nestled amongst the dramatic cliff edge that defines this area of Italy. This UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts historical architecture, stunning scenery, and plenty of fresh seafood to enjoy. You’ll be able to indulge in delicious gelato (ice cream), locally grown and produced olive oil, and excellent local wine – plenty to tantalise your taste buds! In keeping with the old-world charm of this area, cars were banned over a decade ago, so the only way to get around is by foot, boat or the 19th century railway line that takes you between villages.

SEAFOOD, SIGHTSEEING AND SUNSETS IN CINQUE TERRE

Step back in time in Liguria’s colourful coastal villages


From £849 per person

based on two sharing in a twin/double room, with a minimum of 35 passengers travelling in a specific month


Best time to go

April, May, June, September, October


Suggested Hotel

Palace Hotel, Viareggio

  • Friendly, 4-star, family-run hotel
  • Situated along the sea front
  • Near the town centre, ideal for exploring independently
  • Elegant grandeur with classical furnishings
  • Rooftop terrace with stunning views of Apennine Mountains
  • Charming restaurant, bar and lounges to relax in as a group

Attractions:

Monterosso

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Boasting the only proper stretch of beach in the Cinque Terre, this delightful village known for its lemon trees and anchovies is perfect for relaxing by the coast. Take a walk through charming medieval streets lined with pretty pastel-coloured houses and explore the castle ruins in the old town.

Vernazza

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Considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, Vernazza has olive groves that are said to produce some of the best olive oil in Italy. With a medieval castle and a piazza filled with bars and restaurants, there’s plenty to keep you occupied.

Manarola

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Grapevines adorn this romantic village – trying the sweet Sciacchetrà wine from this region is a must! Steep pathways ascend from the sea, leading to the intriguing white cement pyramid which serves as a vital reference point for sea-farers.

Lucca

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With its imposing 16th century ramparts still wrapped around the compact village, this Tuscan town wears its air of uniqueness with fierce pride – it was an independent city-state until the mid-1800s. A jewel of medieval architecture, the town emanates charm and history. Highlights include Puccini’s House, the Cathedral, and the Palazzo Pfanner, which has a wonderful Italian-style garden and a house with 18th century frescoes in monumental halls.

Portofino

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This quaint fishing village has an air of exclusivity with plenty of interesting boutique shops to look around. Its beautifully colourful harbour has a peaceful atmosphere that’s perfect for enjoying some free time and unwinding.

Santa Margherita

Picturesque and pleasant, Santa Margherita has beautiful garden terraces in which to sit and watch the world go by. The impressive 17th century Villa Durazzo and the stunning church of San Giacomo are inspiring to look around, offering a glimpse into the history of the area.


Tony

Team Comments:

“Still the most breathtaking region I’ve visited in Italy.” (Tony)


Alternatives

Make this trip your own

Alternative excursions include Pisa, Florence, and the spa town of Montecatini Terme.


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