Hiking the Cinque Terre
Immerse yourself in a comingling of earth and sea as you explore the coastal walkways and beautiful landscapes of five villages nested between the mountains and the Mediterranean.
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Program No. 21050RJ
9 days
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At a Glance

There are few places on Earth where the marriage of land and sea is more poetic than the Cinque Terre — the “Five Towns” along the Italian Riviera. Here, fishing villages cling to the hillsides above hidden coves, medieval fortresses still stand guard, vineyards and olive trees thrive in the Mediterranean sun and dramatic cliffs plunge to the sea below. Connecting each of the five towns are centuries-old foot paths that offer intimate views of the sea-swept landscape. Join us on glorious walks amid the beautiful ruins and rugged hillsides of the Cinque Terre. For people who love to hike and experience local culture up close, there is no place better.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hiking up to six hours a day, steps and rugged paths. Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are required (ankle-high shoes are not required, but highly recommended).
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 ...

  • Enjoy expert-led walks on stunningly beautiful footpaths connecting the villages of the Cinque Terre.
  • The president of the Lunigiana Wine Route welcomes you to his beautiful property and teaches you about the local wine, cheeses and focaccia bread.
  • Hike through a chestnut forest and arrive at the abandoned and beautifully maintained village of Vergheto.
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Leonardo Mastropasqua
Leonardo Mastropasqua graduated from a private high school in Rome before enlisting for military service as an artillery lieutenant. After completing his service, he began leading safaris in East Africa during which time he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro several times with a variety of groups. While he makes his home in Italy, he also feels at home in Scandinavia owing to his Swedish mother and leads Italian groups there every summer. He is proud of his heritage and native Italy and is eager to share it with Road Scholar participants.

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

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