Self-Guided Walking Tour: Cinque Terre and Portofino
Even if you’ve never heard of it—or don’t know how to correctly pronounce it!—one glimpse of Italy’s Cinque Terre will ensure it has a permanent place on your travel bucket list.
Situated in northern Italy, smack on the Mediterrean coast, Cinque Terre is a UNESCO heritage site comprising five medieval fishing villages whose quaintness is unmatched—no cars are allowed here.
From your base in a cozy, family-run B&B, this self-guided walking holiday will explore these cliff-hugging, pastel-painted coastal communities that are renowned for their great cuisine, breathtaking scenery and tranquility. Trek at your own pace, assured of a fine culinary reward, a glass of wine and an unforgettable sunset each evening.
Days 1-2: Starting in Sestri Levante, near the town centre, then heading to Levanto to ascend through colonial homes to Punta Mesco and end in Monterosso
Days 3-4: Riding a train and boat to Palmaria Island, filled with seasonally blooming orchids and terrific views of the Mediterranean, before arriving at Cinque Terre National Park for a full day of exploration
Days 5-7: Enjoying a 13-kilometre trek from Riomaggiore to Portovenere along a panoramic coastal path, then returning to Sestri Levante after discovering the Park of Portofino, rich with holm oak and mixed flora.