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Immerse yourself in a commingling of earth and sea as you explore the coastal walkways and beautiful landscapes of five villages nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean.
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Program No. 21050RJ
Length
9 days
Starts at
2,699
Flights start at
900
Italy

Hiking the Cinque Terre

Immerse yourself in a commingling of earth and sea as you explore the coastal walkways and beautiful landscapes of five villages nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean.
Length
9 days
Starts at
2,699
Flights start at
900
Length
9 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
2,699
Flights start at
900
Program No. 21050RJ

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Comfortable accommodations that offer typical/average views of the area’s scenery.

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Comfortable accommodations that offer the facility’s best views of the area’s scenery.

Mar 18 - Mar 26, 2023
Standard View 2,699
Deluxe View 2,899
Apr 15 - Apr 23, 2023
Standard View 2,699
Deluxe View 2,899
Apr 22 - Apr 30, 2023
Standard View 2,699
Deluxe View 2,899
May 6 - May 14, 2023
Standard View 2,799
Deluxe View 2,949
May 13 - May 21, 2023
Standard View 2,799
Deluxe View 2,949
May 20 - May 28, 2023
Standard View 2,799
Deluxe View 2,949
Jun 10 - Jun 18, 2023
Standard View 2,899
Deluxe View 3,049
Aug 26 - Sep 3, 2023
Standard View 2,899
Deluxe View 3,049
Sep 9 - Sep 17, 2023
Standard View 2,899
Deluxe View 3,049
Sep 16 - Sep 24, 2023
Standard View 2,899
Deluxe View 3,049
Sep 23 - Oct 1, 2023
Standard View 2,899
Deluxe View 3,049
Oct 7 - Oct 15, 2023
Standard View 2,899
Deluxe View 3,049
Oct 14 - Oct 22, 2023
Standard View 2,899
Deluxe View 3,049

DATES & PRICES

Standard View Deluxe View
Accommodation Details

Comfortable accommodations that offer typical/average views of the area’s scenery.

Accommodation Details

Comfortable accommodations that offer the facility’s best views of the area’s scenery.

Mar 18 - Mar 26, 2023
Standard View 2,979
Deluxe View 3,279
Apr 15 - Apr 23, 2023
SOLD OUT
Standard View 2,979
Deluxe View 3,279
Apr 22 - Apr 30, 2023
SOLD OUT
Standard View 2,979
Deluxe View 3,279
May 13 - May 21, 2023
SOLD OUT
Standard View 3,069
Deluxe View 3,299
May 20 - May 28, 2023
Standard View 3,069
Deluxe View 3,299
Jun 10 - Jun 18, 2023
Standard View 3,179
Deluxe View 3,429
Sep 16 - Sep 24, 2023
Standard View 3,179
Deluxe View 3,429
Oct 14 - Oct 22, 2023
SOLD OUT
Standard View 3,179
Deluxe View 3,429

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 highly recommended). Due to the nature of the terrain, a good head for heights is necessary.
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.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Enjoy expert-led walks on stunningly beautiful footpaths connecting the villages of the Cinque Terre.
  • Join the president of the Lunigiana Wine Route on his beautiful property and learn about the local wine, cheeses and focaccia bread.
  • Hike through a chestnut forest to 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. After completing his service as an artillery lieutenant, he began leading safaris in East Africa. He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro several times with a variety of groups. While he makes his home in Italy, Leonardo also feels at home in Scandinavia thanks to his Swedish mother and leads Italian groups there every summer. He is proud of his heritage, 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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Leonardo Mastropasqua graduated from a private high school in Rome before enlisting for military service. After completing his service as an artillery lieutenant, he began leading safaris in East Africa. He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro several times with a variety of groups. While he makes his home in Italy, Leonardo also feels at home in Scandinavia thanks to his Swedish mother and leads Italian groups there every summer. He is proud of his heritage, native Italy, and is eager to share it with Road Scholar participants.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Italy, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Lawrence Venuti (Editor)
Not just a literary companion, this anthology is also a who's who of contemporary Italian writers who capture the spirit, history and allure of the country.
Bradt Guide Liguria, The Italian Riviera
by Rosie Whitehouse
A comprehensive guide in the growing series by Bradt, noteworthy for its focus on culture, nature and responsible travel, with plenty of practical travel details.
Cinque Terre, Portofino Hiking Map
by Freytag & Berndt
Scaled at 1:50,000, this one-sided, color map depicts Italy from Sestri Levante to Montemarcello, with an inset of Portofino. Ideal for exploring this beautiful stretch of the Italian coast. Printed on water- and tear-resistant paper.
National Geographic Italy
by Tim Jepson
Published in National Geographic's attractive visual style, this illustrated guide features hundreds of photographs, full color maps, and useful information on history, culture and travel.
Extra Virgin, A Young Woman Discovers the Italian Riviera
by Annie Hawes
A memoir of travels and life in Liguria, where the Hawe sisters ventured and stayed. In this refreshingly candid account, the English sisters end up buying a house and learning the local customs and eccentricities of their neighbors in Diano San Pietro.
Michelin Wine Trails of Italy
by Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
This handy guide focuses on driving tours and itineraries through Italy's many wine regions, including Langhe and Roero, lands of Barbera, Liguria, Lombardy, Sicily, Sardinia, Umbria and Tuscany.
La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind
by Beppe Severgnini
Italians themselves love this guide to the Italian character, which addresses their never-ending passion for beauty, disorder and high emotion. The book opens with a snapshot of Malpensa Airport, then moves on to Tuscany, Rome, Naples and Sardinia.
The House of Medici, Its Rise and Fall
by Christopher Hibbert
A well-written, entertaining history of the Medicis in Renaissance Florence. Great to read before going to Florence, where the influence of the Medicis and the artists they supported is still very much in evidence.
Italian Days
by Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
Grizzuti Harrison writes with warmth and depth of her journey from Milan south to Calabria in this sprightly account of Italy and the Italians.
Rick Steves' Snapshot Italy's Cinque Terre
by Rick Steves
A slim guide to the Cinque Terre region with Steves' expert-selected hotels, travel advice, major sites and places to relax.
Under the Tuscan Sun
by Frances Mayes
In this best-selling memoir of buying, renovating and living in an abandoned villa in Cortona, Tuscany, Mayes reveals the sensual pleasures found in rural Italy.
Beautiful Ruins
by Jess Walter
Award-winning, bestselling author Jess Walter brings us to the Italian Riviera in this glittering love story. Based on actual events.
The Italians
by John Hooper
Italy correspondent for The Economist Hooper explores Italy -- its baffling contradictions, unique character and contemporary culture -- in this illuminating portrait.
Italy in Mind
by Alice Powers
A terrific collection of some of the best literary writing on Italy, including pieces by Melville, Lawrence, Henry James, Mary McCarthy and many others.
The Portable Romantic Poets
by Norman Holmes Pearson, W.H. Auden (Editor)
This is the anthology to take along on a trip to Italy's Cinque Terra, England's Lake District or any other classic haunt of the romantic poets. This selection includes works by all the masters (and even an occasional mistress).
Liguria Map
by Touring Club Italiano
A map of the region, including Cinque Terra, at a scale of 1:200,000.
The Food of Italy
by Waverly Root
Evocative of Italy and its diverse cuisine, this classic book, organized geographically, offers a cook's tour of the country. It's a well-informed and wonderful culinary guide.
Italy, A Short History
by Harry Hearder
Elegantly written, generous and informative, this compact book takes in the sweep of Italian history from the Roman Republic through the Renaissance, World War II and up to the present.
A Ligurian Kitchen, Recipes and Tales from the Italian Riviera
by Laura Giannatempo
A charming, personal cookbook with an abundance of authentic Ligurian recipes that can easily be replicated in an American kitchen.





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