Arrive in Santa Margherita a beautiful seaside town with palm-lined harbour and boulevards. Spend some time getting acclimatized by exploring the many sites in town - the Villa Durazzo, the churches and the many shops. Perhaps go for a short warm-up walk to Portofino.
Dramatic landscapes is the watchword of the day as you explore the protected area of Parco di Portofino (location of some of the best hiking in Italy!). Your route follows the contour of the peninsula, beginning in Camogli and heading toward the sanctuary in San Rocco. Stop for lunch in the small village of San Fruttuoso - accessible only on foot or by boat, ending the day in the elite resort town of Portofino, before heading back to Santa Margherita. Basic Walk 18km (11.1 mi) with 755m (2477 ft) of elevation gain -estimated walking time is 4 1/2 hours. Shorcut Possible reducing your walking time to 3h30 and elevation only 530m (1768 ft).
A short train ride will take you to the trailhead for your walk to the Cinque Terre region. Beginning in the village of Framura follow the path past a 15th century guard tower and a delightful Romanesque chapelle, through the picturesque village of Bonassola - famous in antiquity for its baths (perhaps stop in for a dip). Another day of stellar views and sensational walking. Night in Monterosso. Distance of walk is 11.8 km (7.3 mi) with 520m (1700 ft) of elevation - estimated walking time is 3 1/2 hours.
Explore the hills above Monterosso today - stopping in at the Sanctuary of Sovoire and at the top of Colla Bagari for great views. You’ll also have time to explore the historic sites in Monterosso—like the 13th century church of St. John and the castle ruins. Night in Monterosso. The walk is approximately 10.6 km (6.6 mi) with 650m (2,132 ft) of
elevation gain - estimated walking time is 4 1/2 hours leaving lots of
time to explore Monterosso.
The classic Cinque Terre walking trail awaits you today. Begin in Monterosso, the northernmost of the five famous perched villages and make your way to the southernmost - Riomaggiore. See for yourself what makes this region so famous! Be sure to stop in at one or more of the enotecas that can be found in these villages, to sample some local fare. Night in Riomaggiore. The walk is 13 km (8 mi) with 550m (1,800 ft) of elevation gain -
estimated walking time is 4 1/2 hours. UPTATE 2015: in the event that
the coastal trail (Senturo Azzuro #2) between Vernazza and Riomaggiore
is closed, an alternative is to walk Senturo #2 Monterossa to Vernazza
(3.2 km; 160 m/525 ft gain), take the train to Corniglia (4 minutes, one
stop), and then hike the alternate trail from Corniglia to Manarola (5
km; 400m/1,312ft gain) and alternate trail from Manorola to Riomaggiore
(6km: 600 m/ 1,970 ft gain). By doing the alternate hike, there is the
potential to do 14.2 km; 1,160m/3800ft gain.
Start you day in Riomaggiore and walk the last section of trail in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Cinque Terre. Your destination is the charming village of Portovenere. Distance is approx 15 km (9.3 mi) with 680m (2,230 ft) of elevation -estimated walking time is 5 1/2 hours.
Today is an island walk around Isola Palmaria, a short ferry from Portovenere. An island noted for its natural beauty, the scent of sage, myrtle, broom, acacias and strawberry-trees will follow you all day long. On this walk you will encounter panoramic views, evocative grottoes, and remnants of a ferocious past. Night in Lerici. Distance is approx 10.5 km (6.5 mi) with 305m (1000 ft) of elevation gain- estimated walking time is approximately 3 hours.
Explore the area along the coast of the Golfo dei Poeti - so named because this was the area that Byron , Shelley, Sand, and others, came to be inspired. Your walk will take you to the old European seaside village of Tellaro. Spend some time at one of the many beaches along your route, before returning to Lerici. Distance is appeox 10.5 km (6.5 mi) with 680m of elevation gain -estimated walking time is 4 hours and 45 minutes.
Enjoy a final stroll around Lerici, before heading off on your next adventure.