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Pleasurable days spent visiting ancient wine cellars, tiny, picturesque towns perched on the cliffs facing the emerald sea, antique shops, fishermen’s villages and charming, elegant Riviera towns, savouring some of the best foods and excellent wines that Italy has to offer.
With this itinerary you will discover the colored hamlets of Camogli, Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure and the extraordinary Abbey of San Fruttuoso dating back to the 8th century, as well as Genoa, The Superb, with its narrow streets, called "caruggi". Just in Genoa, you will learn how to prepare pasta and pesto following the traditional recipe. Finally you can not miss a visit to the extraordinary landscapes of Cinque Terre with tasting of the typical Ligurian wines. A tour designed specifically to experience the true Ligurian emotions.
Day 1: Genoa airport or station - Golfo del Tigullio
Transfer from Genoa airport and check-in with welcome drink. Relax and free time in the afternoon.
Dinner in a typical restaurant
Day 2: Genoa
In the morning meeting with the tour leader and departure from Gulf of Tigullio to Genoa by private transfer. The historic center of Genoa is the oldest in Europe and consists of a tunnel of narrow streets, called "caruggi". In this city begins an interesting cooking lesson with an experienced chef. Preparation of fresh pasta (mandilli or tagliolini) with flour, eggs and salt. Finally preparation of pesto in a mortar. A wonderful experience to discover the traditions and secrets of the region. The moments of preparation are accompanied by an aperitif with focaccia and white wine. You can also taste the typical Ligurian biscuits (canestrelli).
After lunch, an unusual tour of the city, an urban trekking, through the "creuze" (ancient mule tracks), which climb from the sea to the quiet hills of the city, from where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the city. Then visit the ancient Carmelite Friars Pharmacy of the 18th century, where natural products are still prepared.
From the top of Genoa it is possible to , its medieval towers and the roof of old slate houses. A breathtaking view!
Finally coming back down into the city taking a typical funicular railway and then move to Gulf of Tigullio.
Dinner in a typical restaurant.
Day 3: Gulf of Tigullio
In the morning meeting with the tour guide to discover Gulf of Tigullio (Camogli, San Fruttuoso, Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure).
Camogli is a small fisherman village, a pleasant surprise to discover on the Ligurian Riviera. This place is considered one of the best hamlets to experience the beauty of the typical Ligurian houses-towers. While in the past the area was full of warehouses with fishing equipment and fishing boat workshops, the new waterfront is now the center of tourist life in the city. Here you will find plenty of bars and restaurants, souvenir and craft shops and art galleries.
Then you can reach by boat San Fruttuoso, a small fisherman village located in a beautiful bay at the foot of Monte Portofino. This extraordinary location is dominated by the Abbey of San Fruttuoso di Capodimonte, a monument, now part of the Italian Fund for the Environment, with very ancient origins dating back to the 8th century. The abbey is surrounded by a small beach, a church, a tower of the Doria family and some fishermen's houses. Free time to enjoy this enchanting place, for a relaxing swim at the beach or simply for sunbathing on the beach.
San Fruttuoso is also famous for the underwater statue of Christ of the Abyss, 15 meters deep beneath the sea surface. It is possible to see it when the sea is clear!
With another boat you arrive at the bay of Portofino, an amazing jewel located in the lush vegetation of the Promontory. Its tall and colorful houses, arranged in a semicircle around the town square, make Portofino one of the most acclaimed tourist resorts in the world. The atmosphere brings to mind moments of a faraway past, ancient traditions linked to the sea, and the skillful arts that embody the colors and scents of Liguria. Its park is an oasis of peace where you can walk completely surrounded by nature, a breathtaking scenery.
After a short walk in the place called "I Tre Laghi", with a breathtaking view of Portofino, visit to a farm, where you start the tasting of olive oil together with the tasting of Nostralinowine. An agronomist will explain the secrets of the products and in the meantime you will taste the bruschetta with sauces and fresh tomatoes, black olives of Niasca, vegetable pie, focaccia and a selection of canapés with jam.
After lunch it is possible to take a boat to Santa Margherita Ligure. Here is a walk that runs simultaneously to the underlying path, but is completely surrounded by greenery and offers numerous panoramic views. At the end transfer to the hotel.
Dinner in a typical restaurant
Day 4: Gulf of Tigullio - Cinque Terre
In the morning meeting with the tour guide to discover the Cinque Terre, a natural paradise where nature and man have been able to find the right balance and harmony. The Cinque Terre are five small halets (Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola, Corniglia, Riomaggiore) famous all over the world. All five countries are located on the mountain overlooking the sea, surrounded by beautiful vineyards and small roads. Each city is in fact connected to one another through paths. The houses are typically Ligurian, painted in pastel colors and built as close to each other as possible. Since 1997 they have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
It begins with a visit to discover Monterosso which is the more western city of Cinque Terre. Monterosso is certainly a good place to admire the sunset on the beach. The "Aurora Tower" divides the old medieval hamlet from the new part of the village. The old hamlet is dominated by the ruins of the castle, the typical tower-houses and the "carrugi". After visiting Monterosso continue to Vernazza considered by many to be the most beautiful hamlet in Cinque Terre. There is a castle belonging to the Doria family, a symbol of its importance for the old economy.
After lunch we will continue to Manarola. The city lies on a rugged promontory of dark rock. The square is located in the highest part of the city. After passing through its colored houses, transfer to "Groppo di Manarola" to visit a winery where a guide will show the various processes. At the end of the visit, tasting of wines accompanied by typical products. At the end transfer to the hotel.
Dinner in a typical restaurant.
Day 5: Gulf of Tigullio - Genoa
After breakfast departure and transfer from the hotel to the airport or to the Genoa railway station.
Prices are per person in double or single room per 5 days/4 nights
The price includes:
4 overnights in double room
Dinner and lunch as programa
The price does not include:
Relax & Beauty treatments at the SPAs (where available)
Private Transfers from/to the airport/the train station, between different locations
Entrance fees and guided tours if not included
Beverages (mineral water, wine, etc.), if not included