Walking 1 mile each way to San Terenzo along uneven sidewalk along the seafront.
In the hotel’s 6th-floor breakfast room, the buffet offers choices such as an egg dish, waffles, cold cuts, cheeses, cereals, yogurt, fruit, croissant, focaccia, pastries, jam, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water. Enjoy the view of the marina and castle.
Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Transportation during the program will be via motorcoach unless specified otherwise. Breakfasts will be buffets. Other included meals will be primarily plated and served from a set regional menu with water included and other beverages available for purchase. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Next, we’ll go on a walking field trip with our Group Leader in and around Lerici including the massive castle that dates from 1241. The castle is perched on a bay that is part of the Golfo della Spezia (Gulf of La Spezia), also known as the Golfo Poeti (Gulf of Poets) for the writers and poets who have found this a treasured spot for centuries, including Dante, Petrarch, Byron, and Shelley. We will explore areas of the castle and enjoy beautiful views of the bay before returning to the hotel.
We will walk along the seaside promenade to a restaurant in San Terenzo and have a plated meal with an assortment of seafood and vegetable antipasti, a pasta dish, glass of wine, and water; other beverages available for purchase.
Back at the hotel, a local expert will provide an introduction to the region of Liguria, discussing its geography, history as a maritime power, role in the World War II Resistance Movement, and UNESCO World Heritage sites. From the UNESCO inscription: "The Ligurian coast between Cinque Terre and Portovenere is a cultural landscape of great scenic and cultural value. The layout and disposition of the small towns and the shaping of the surrounding landscape, overcoming the disadvantages of a steep, uneven terrain, encapsulate the continuous history of human settlement in this region over the past millennium."
At a pizzeria on the waterfront in Lerici, we’ll enjoy a variety of pizzas; choice of soft drink, beer, wine, and water; other beverages available for purchase. In addition to pizza “classica” there are local favorites that have won awards at the World Pizza Championships.