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 - 4h30 - elevation gain 755m. Shorcut Possible reducing your walking time to 3h30 and elevation only 530m.
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. Walk is 3 1/2 hours long with 520m of elevation.
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 4 1/4 hours long with 650m of elevation gain - 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 4 1/2 hours long with 550m of elevation 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. Time is 5:15 with 680m of elevation.
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.Total walking time is approximately 3 hours with 305m of elevation gain.
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. Total walking time is 4 hours and 45 minutes with 680m of elevation gain.
Enjoy a final stroll around Lerici, before heading off on your next adventure.