Cinque Terre, Carrara and Medieval Hill Towns
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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Program No. 14299RJ
12 days
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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
Distances covered on walks in the small villages around Lerici and in the Cinque Terre are minimal but expect inclines and uneven stone steps.
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Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • 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.
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Jane Bacon
Jane Bacon is an associate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She worked as an editor for the London publisher Eyre Methuen before deciding to move to the Italian Riviera. Settling in one of the small medieval villages on the Gulf of La Spezia, Jane continued to pursue her literary interests including studying the many well-known English and Italian writers who lived in the area. She continues to teach, write and study local history.
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