Liguria is one of the smallest Italian regions but offers its visitors breathtaking views and landscapes and great treasures. The goal of this tour is to take you to discover the Cinque Terre and the wonderful city of Genoa.
Arrival in Genoa in the morning and accommodation in hotel or bnb. From the early afternoon we will be busy visiting the fantastic Aquarium of Genoa which boasts the richest display of aquatic biodiversity in Europe.
You can admire 12,000 specimens belonging to 600 different species, from the rarest to the best known, from manatees to dolphins, from penguins to sharks. The large Cetacean area offers an exceptional tour with a glass wall of 24 meters that allows you to admire the dolphins up close and a suggestive underwater tunnel about 15 meters long.
Monterosso e Vernazza
Today we will explore two of the most characteristic villages of the Cinque Terre: Monterosso and Vernazza.
Monterosso is the most populous town in the Cinque Terre and is divided in two by a promontory. On one side there is the large beach and the train station, on the other the historic center and the marina. We recommend a visit to the Church of San Giovanni and that of San Francesco as well as Villa Montale, the house where the famous poet spent most of his life.
The second stop today is Vernazza. You will reach Castello Doria to admire a truly breathtaking view. Going down towards the sea you will find the small port of Vernazza, considered by many to be the most characteristic of the Cinque Terre.
Corniglia, Manarola e Riomaggiore
The day will be dedicated to the other three villages that make up the Cinque Terre. These are 3 very small but wonderful villages.
Corniglia is the only village in the Cinque Terre not directly overlooking the sea. The town is in fact located on top of a promontory about 90 meters high.
From Corniglia it is possible, in a very short time, to reach Manarola. Here the houses climb up a ridge close to the sea, creating a truly suggestive atmosphere. Do not miss a visit to the Church of San Lorenzo.
The last stop of the day is Riomaggiore, the easternmost and southernmost of the Cinque Terre. In the upper part of the town we recommend that you visit the Church of San Giovanni Battista and the castle where at sunset you will enjoy a unique show.
Our fourth day is dedicated to the wonderful Portofino. The picturesque village is a real jewel with its colorful houses protected by hills covered with olive trees and overlooking the marina. Interesting is the lighthouse, active since 1910 and still today an important reference point for sailors.
The bays and small beaches will give you moments of well-being and relaxation. Moving towards Santa Maria Ligure we recommend a visit to Villa Durazzo, a treasure to be discovered with a seventeenth-century villa surrounded by nature and an Italian-style garden park. Return to Genoa.
Chianti and San Gimignano
Today is the day of your departure. If you plan to leave Genoa in the afternoon, we recommend that you dedicate a few more hours to this wonderful city.