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Cinque Terre, Carrara and Medieval Hill Towns

Program No. 14299RJ
Explore the Cinque Terre — the Italian Riviera’s colorful villages carved above the Mediterranean Sea — and learn about medieval life, Michelangelo and the history of nearby Lerici.

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At a Glance

Along this jeweled coast, the five villages of the Cinque Terre carve a charming niche where mountains plunge into the sparkling Mediterranean. By land and sea, discover the limitless inspiration of the Cinque Terre and Carrara. Learn why countless artists and authors have found muses in the seaside villages, terraced vineyards and rocky promontories of this area of the Italian Riviera.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to four miles a day; elective hiking opportunities. Extended standing during site visits with limited or no public seating. Uneven terrain, limited public handrails, unavoidable stairs, marble and terracotta flooring, cobblestones, steep inclines, loose gravel, dirt paths. Expect crowded conditions in pedestrian centers and museums. Program-related travel and transfers will be via bus and boat.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

What You'll Learn

  • Discover how inhabitants carved vineyard terraces along the steep mountainside in the Cinque Terre.
  • Walk scenic paths with breathtaking vistas of the mountains that plunge into the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Consider the experiences of Romantic English poets who lived near and were inspired by the Bay of Lerici.
Featured Expert
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Jane Bacon-Fiori
Jane Bacon is an associate of the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art. She edited theater books, popular history, novels, and travel books for the London publisher Eyre Methuen for several years before moving to Italy. Jane lives in the little-known corner of Tuscany called the Lunigiana, where she continues to teach, write, and study Anglo-American writers who spent most of their lives in Tuscany.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Umberto Cattani is a licensed group leader in Florence, Carrara and the Cinque Terre, and has been working with the Trinity College for 15 years. After completing his studies in accounting, Umberto worked in Parma as a sales manager for a clothing manufacturer. At the start of the new millennium, he discovered his real passion for guiding, and completed the required courses in art history, archaeology and history to achieve his new goal. Umberto lives in Carrara with his wife and daughter.
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Jane Bacon-Fiori View biography
Jane Bacon is an associate of the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art. She edited theater books, popular history, novels, and travel books for the London publisher Eyre Methuen for several years before moving to Italy. Jane lives in the little-known corner of Tuscany called the Lunigiana, where she continues to teach, write, and study Anglo-American writers who spent most of their lives in Tuscany.
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Laura Gregis View biography
Born and raised in Genoa in the north-western part of Italy, Laura Gregis studied English, German, and Geography at the local university. Since the age of 21, she has worked in the travel industry leading groups in Italy and around the world. She has also worked summers as a leader in Scandinavia and Ireland since 1996. A great fan of soccer, Laura often works for the Italian national soccer team as well as other Italian and foreign soccer teams.
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Michela Ceccarini View biography
Michela Ceccarini has a passion for foreign languages and cultures, but particularly enjoys sharing the wonders of Genoa, Italy, with lifelong learners from around the world. A Road Scholar group leader for nearly a decade, Michela is also the founder of Genova Insieme, an association that organizes cultural events in Genoa, educational activities for schools and excursions to art cities in Italy. In addition, she also consults in foreign public relations for companies and accompanies Italian groups to Scandinavia.
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Franco Ressa View biography
Franco Ressa enjoys his work as an environmental guide in the Apuan Alps and Cinque Terre National Parks, introducing visitors to the history and natural beauty of Liguria and Tuscany. Born in a city and raised by the sea Franco has chosen to live in close contact with nature in the Lunigiana hills above La Spezia. He and his wife run a small farm. His hobbies include hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, gardening, and playing guitar.
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Meals
21 Meals
9 Breakfasts
6 Lunches
6 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Gluten Free
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Display
Sep 29, 2024 - Oct 09, 2024
  • Sep 29, 2024 - Oct 09, 2024
  • Sep 01, 2024 - Sep 11, 2024 (Lerici to Pisa)
  • Sep 15, 2024 - Sep 25, 2024 (Lerici to Pisa)
  • Sep 29, 2024 - Oct 09, 2024 (Lerici to Pisa)
  • Apr 06, 2025 - Apr 16, 2025 (Lerici to Pisa)
  • Apr 27, 2025 - May 07, 2025 (Lerici to Pisa)
  • May 11, 2025 - May 21, 2025 (Lerici to Pisa)
  • May 25, 2025 - Jun 04, 2025 (Lerici to Pisa)
  • Aug 24, 2025 - Sep 03, 2025 (Lerici to Pisa)
  • Sep 07, 2025 - Sep 17, 2025 (Lerici to Pisa)
  • Sep 21, 2025 - Oct 01, 2025 (Lerici to Pisa)
  • Oct 05, 2025 - Oct 15, 2025 (Lerici to Pisa)
8 nights
Lerici
The Hotel Byron in Lerici is a charming and picturesque seaside retreat that captures the essence of the Italian Riviera. The hotel is situated along the Gulf of La Spezia and offers breathtaking crystal-clear water and enchanting Lerici Castle views. The hotel's classic and elegant design reflects the coastal ambiance, creating a serene and inviting atmosphere for guests. The Hotel Byron also features a lovely terrace where guests can relax and enjoy panoramic vistas while savoring delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Lerici's charming town center, with its narrow streets and colorful buildings, is within easy reach, allowing one to explore local shops, cafes, and the vibrant waterfront promenade.
1 night
Pisa
The Hotel Bologna in Pisa is a charming and conveniently located hotel that offers a comfortable and memorable stay in the city. Situated just a short walking distance from Pisa Centrale station, the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Piazza dei Miracoli, the hotel provides an ideal base for exploring Pisa's famous landmarks. Housed in a historic building, the hotel combines traditional Italian architecture with modern amenities. The hotel contains a lovely garden terrace where guests can unwind and enjoy a peaceful atmosphere.
8 nights
Lerici
The Hotel Byron in Lerici is a charming and picturesque seaside retreat that captures the essence of the Italian Riviera. The hotel is situated along the Gulf of La Spezia and offers breathtaking crystal-clear water and enchanting Lerici Castle views. The hotel's classic and elegant design reflects the coastal ambiance, creating a serene and inviting atmosphere for guests. The Hotel Byron also features a lovely terrace where guests can relax and enjoy panoramic vistas while savoring delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Lerici's charming town center, with its narrow streets and colorful buildings, is within easy reach, allowing one to explore local shops, cafes, and the vibrant waterfront promenade.
1 night
Pisa
The Hotel Bologna in Pisa is a charming and conveniently located hotel that offers a comfortable and memorable stay in the city. Situated just a short walking distance from Pisa Centrale station, the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Piazza dei Miracoli, the hotel provides an ideal base for exploring Pisa's famous landmarks. Housed in a historic building, the hotel combines traditional Italian architecture with modern amenities. The hotel contains a lovely garden terrace where guests can unwind and enjoy a peaceful atmosphere.
8 nights
Lerici
The Hotel Byron in Lerici is a charming and picturesque seaside retreat that captures the essence of the Italian Riviera. The hotel is situated along the Gulf of La Spezia and offers breathtaking crystal-clear water and enchanting Lerici Castle views. The hotel's classic and elegant design reflects the coastal ambiance, creating a serene and inviting atmosphere for guests. The Hotel Byron also features a lovely terrace where guests can relax and enjoy panoramic vistas while savoring delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Lerici's charming town center, with its narrow streets and colorful buildings, is within easy reach, allowing one to explore local shops, cafes, and the vibrant waterfront promenade.
1 night
Pisa
The Hotel Bologna in Pisa is a charming and conveniently located hotel that offers a comfortable and memorable stay in the city. Situated just a short walking distance from Pisa Centrale station, the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Piazza dei Miracoli, the hotel provides an ideal base for exploring Pisa's famous landmarks. Housed in a historic building, the hotel combines traditional Italian architecture with modern amenities. The hotel contains a lovely garden terrace where guests can unwind and enjoy a peaceful atmosphere.
8 nights
Lerici
The Hotel Byron in Lerici is a charming and picturesque seaside retreat that captures the essence of the Italian Riviera. The hotel is situated along the Gulf of La Spezia and offers breathtaking crystal-clear water and enchanting Lerici Castle views. The hotel's classic and elegant design reflects the coastal ambiance, creating a serene and inviting atmosphere for guests. The Hotel Byron also features a lovely terrace where guests can relax and enjoy panoramic vistas while savoring delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Lerici's charming town center, with its narrow streets and colorful buildings, is within easy reach, allowing one to explore local shops, cafes, and the vibrant waterfront promenade.
1 night
Pisa
The Hotel Bologna in Pisa is a charming and conveniently located hotel that offers a comfortable and memorable stay in the city. Situated just a short walking distance from Pisa Centrale station, the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Piazza dei Miracoli, the hotel provides an ideal base for exploring Pisa's famous landmarks. Housed in a historic building, the hotel combines traditional Italian architecture with modern amenities. The hotel contains a lovely garden terrace where guests can unwind and enjoy a peaceful atmosphere.
8 nights
Lerici
The Hotel Byron in Lerici is a charming and picturesque seaside retreat that captures the essence of the Italian Riviera. The hotel is situated along the Gulf of La Spezia and offers breathtaking crystal-clear water and enchanting Lerici Castle views. The hotel's classic and elegant design reflects the coastal ambiance, creating a serene and inviting atmosphere for guests. The Hotel Byron also features a lovely terrace where guests can relax and enjoy panoramic vistas while savoring delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Lerici's charming town center, with its narrow streets and colorful buildings, is within easy reach, allowing one to explore local shops, cafes, and the vibrant waterfront promenade.
1 night
Pisa
The Hotel Bologna in Pisa is a charming and conveniently located hotel that offers a comfortable and memorable stay in the city. Situated just a short walking distance from Pisa Centrale station, the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Piazza dei Miracoli, the hotel provides an ideal base for exploring Pisa's famous landmarks. Housed in a historic building, the hotel combines traditional Italian architecture with modern amenities. The hotel contains a lovely garden terrace where guests can unwind and enjoy a peaceful atmosphere.
8 nights
Lerici
The Hotel Byron in Lerici is a charming and picturesque seaside retreat that captures the essence of the Italian Riviera. The hotel is situated along the Gulf of La Spezia and offers breathtaking crystal-clear water and enchanting Lerici Castle views. The hotel's classic and elegant design reflects the coastal ambiance, creating a serene and inviting atmosphere for guests. The Hotel Byron also features a lovely terrace where guests can relax and enjoy panoramic vistas while savoring delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Lerici's charming town center, with its narrow streets and colorful buildings, is within easy reach, allowing one to explore local shops, cafes, and the vibrant waterfront promenade.
1 night
Pisa
The Hotel Bologna in Pisa is a charming and conveniently located hotel that offers a comfortable and memorable stay in the city. Situated just a short walking distance from Pisa Centrale station, the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Piazza dei Miracoli, the hotel provides an ideal base for exploring Pisa's famous landmarks. Housed in a historic building, the hotel combines traditional Italian architecture with modern amenities. The hotel contains a lovely garden terrace where guests can unwind and enjoy a peaceful atmosphere.
8 nights
Lerici
The Hotel Byron in Lerici is a charming and picturesque seaside retreat that captures the essence of the Italian Riviera. The hotel is situated along the Gulf of La Spezia and offers breathtaking crystal-clear water and enchanting Lerici Castle views. The hotel's classic and elegant design reflects the coastal ambiance, creating a serene and inviting atmosphere for guests. The Hotel Byron also features a lovely terrace where guests can relax and enjoy panoramic vistas while savoring delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Lerici's charming town center, with its narrow streets and colorful buildings, is within easy reach, allowing one to explore local shops, cafes, and the vibrant waterfront promenade.
1 night
Pisa
The Hotel Bologna in Pisa is a charming and conveniently located hotel that offers a comfortable and memorable stay in the city. Situated just a short walking distance from Pisa Centrale station, the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Piazza dei Miracoli, the hotel provides an ideal base for exploring Pisa's famous landmarks. Housed in a historic building, the hotel combines traditional Italian architecture with modern amenities. The hotel contains a lovely garden terrace where guests can unwind and enjoy a peaceful atmosphere.
8 nights
Lerici
The Hotel Byron in Lerici is a charming and picturesque seaside retreat that captures the essence of the Italian Riviera. The hotel is situated along the Gulf of La Spezia and offers breathtaking crystal-clear water and enchanting Lerici Castle views. The hotel's classic and elegant design reflects the coastal ambiance, creating a serene and inviting atmosphere for guests. The Hotel Byron also features a lovely terrace where guests can relax and enjoy panoramic vistas while savoring delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Lerici's charming town center, with its narrow streets and colorful buildings, is within easy reach, allowing one to explore local shops, cafes, and the vibrant waterfront promenade.
1 night
Pisa
The Hotel Bologna in Pisa is a charming and conveniently located hotel that offers a comfortable and memorable stay in the city. Situated just a short walking distance from Pisa Centrale station, the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Piazza dei Miracoli, the hotel provides an ideal base for exploring Pisa's famous landmarks. Housed in a historic building, the hotel combines traditional Italian architecture with modern amenities. The hotel contains a lovely garden terrace where guests can unwind and enjoy a peaceful atmosphere.
8 nights
Lerici
The Hotel Byron in Lerici is a charming and picturesque seaside retreat that captures the essence of the Italian Riviera. The hotel is situated along the Gulf of La Spezia and offers breathtaking crystal-clear water and enchanting Lerici Castle views. The hotel's classic and elegant design reflects the coastal ambiance, creating a serene and inviting atmosphere for guests. The Hotel Byron also features a lovely terrace where guests can relax and enjoy panoramic vistas while savoring delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Lerici's charming town center, with its narrow streets and colorful buildings, is within easy reach, allowing one to explore local shops, cafes, and the vibrant waterfront promenade.
1 night
Pisa
The Hotel Bologna in Pisa is a charming and conveniently located hotel that offers a comfortable and memorable stay in the city. Situated just a short walking distance from Pisa Centrale station, the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Piazza dei Miracoli, the hotel provides an ideal base for exploring Pisa's famous landmarks. Housed in a historic building, the hotel combines traditional Italian architecture with modern amenities. The hotel contains a lovely garden terrace where guests can unwind and enjoy a peaceful atmosphere.
8 nights
Lerici
The Hotel Byron in Lerici is a charming and picturesque seaside retreat that captures the essence of the Italian Riviera. The hotel is situated along the Gulf of La Spezia and offers breathtaking crystal-clear water and enchanting Lerici Castle views. The hotel's classic and elegant design reflects the coastal ambiance, creating a serene and inviting atmosphere for guests. The Hotel Byron also features a lovely terrace where guests can relax and enjoy panoramic vistas while savoring delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Lerici's charming town center, with its narrow streets and colorful buildings, is within easy reach, allowing one to explore local shops, cafes, and the vibrant waterfront promenade.
1 night
Pisa
The Hotel Bologna in Pisa is a charming and conveniently located hotel that offers a comfortable and memorable stay in the city. Situated just a short walking distance from Pisa Centrale station, the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Piazza dei Miracoli, the hotel provides an ideal base for exploring Pisa's famous landmarks. Housed in a historic building, the hotel combines traditional Italian architecture with modern amenities. The hotel contains a lovely garden terrace where guests can unwind and enjoy a peaceful atmosphere.
8 nights
Lerici
The Hotel Byron in Lerici is a charming and picturesque seaside retreat that captures the essence of the Italian Riviera. The hotel is situated along the Gulf of La Spezia and offers breathtaking crystal-clear water and enchanting Lerici Castle views. The hotel's classic and elegant design reflects the coastal ambiance, creating a serene and inviting atmosphere for guests. The Hotel Byron also features a lovely terrace where guests can relax and enjoy panoramic vistas while savoring delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Lerici's charming town center, with its narrow streets and colorful buildings, is within easy reach, allowing one to explore local shops, cafes, and the vibrant waterfront promenade.
1 night
Pisa
The Hotel Bologna in Pisa is a charming and conveniently located hotel that offers a comfortable and memorable stay in the city. Situated just a short walking distance from Pisa Centrale station, the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Piazza dei Miracoli, the hotel provides an ideal base for exploring Pisa's famous landmarks. Housed in a historic building, the hotel combines traditional Italian architecture with modern amenities. The hotel contains a lovely garden terrace where guests can unwind and enjoy a peaceful atmosphere.





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