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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
Length
12 days
Starts at
3,459
Flights start at
875
Italy

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.
Length
12 days
Starts at
3,459
Flights start at
875
Program No. 14299 RJ
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Aug 29 - Sep 9, 2021
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Sep 12 - Sep 23, 2021
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Oct 10 - Oct 21, 2021
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Aug 29 - Sep 9, 2021
Starting at
3,999
Sep 12 - Sep 23, 2021
Starting at
3,999
Oct 10 - Oct 21, 2021
Starting at
3,999

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.
Small Group
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 & Dramatic Art. She worked for a number of years editing theater books, popular history, novels, and travel books for the London publisher Eyre Methuen before moving to Italy. Jane lives in the little-known corner of Tuscany called 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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Giulia Marsigli completed her degree in foreign languages and cultures at the Università degli studi di Genova. She loves being active outdoors, traveling, and meeting new people. She honed her English-language skills as a foreign exchange student in a Seattle high school. She perfected her French while working as a sailing coach at a resort in Tunisia. In Tanzania, she taught English and picked up some Swahili. Giulia lives in Lerici and is a licensed leader for the province, including Portovenere and the Cinque Terre.
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Jane Bacon View biography
Jane Bacon is an associate of the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art. She worked for a number of years editing theater books, popular history, novels, and travel books for the London publisher Eyre Methuen before moving to Italy. Jane lives in the little-known corner of Tuscany called Lunigiana where she continues to teach, write and study Anglo-American writers who spent most of their lives in Tuscany.
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Umberto Cattani View biography
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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Enchanted April
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Culture Smart! Italy
by Charles Abbott
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Cinque Terre, Portofino Hiking Map
by Freytag & Berndt
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Eyewitness Guide Italian Riviera
by Eyewitness Guides
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Beautiful Ruins
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La Bella Lingua
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Liguria Map
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The Portable Romantic Poets
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