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Painting & Walking Holidays Cinque Terre, Italy

Italy • LIGURIA • Cinque Terre

Monterosso al Mare

Cinque Terre – the glorious Five Lands

We have been visiting this breath taking stretch of coastline for many years, and it never fails to inspire our guests. It takes it’s name from the five tiny villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, wedged into a series of pretty coves, surrounded by sheer cliffs all around. The hardy fishermen of the region farmed steep terracing along the whole coast – they certainly had a head for heights. The colourful cottages that cover the cliffs create one of the principal highlights of the whole Riviera.

The proximity between the villages makes it a very popular place to visit, as you can easily walk between them or take a train. Cars are not allowed here, and until relatively recently this region was isolated until trains appeared a hundred years ago. Although the tourists are numerous in high season, the character of the Ligurian culture has been conserved, and our guides will take you away from busy areas. Highlights of a visit to this coastline include a boat trip to Porto Venere, visits to ancient sanctuaries, cheese, olive oil and wine tasting, see the Monterosso giant – a 14m high sculpture of King Neptune. Lord Byron so loved swimming in the pretty coves all around – he and Shelley found it an enormous inspiration, and you will too!

Where we stay
Hotel Villa Adriana

Villa Adriana is a lovely hotel in the heart of the village of Monterosso Al Mare. There are delightful shaded gardens with tall palms, excellent local food, attentive staff and an inviting pool. There are several single rooms available with no single supplement.
Villa Adriana, Cinque Terre Pool at night, Villa Adriana, Cinque Terre
Bedroom, Villa Adriana, Cinque Terre Bedroom, Villa Adriana, Cinque Terre
Airport transfer time
Approximately 2 hrs
Please note: all transfers in Italy are by train so please bear this in mind when packing!
Location
The Italian Riviera
A spectacular coastline
Excellent food
A rich and protected cultural heritage
Monasteries and sanctuaries
Optional activities
Visit Portofino or Genoa
Enjoy the beach
Swimming
Snorkelling
Locality

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Best field staff
Tour managers with superb local knowledge ensure insider access
Talented, considerate and well-respected tutors
Highly experienced and entertaining walking guides
Best office team
We know the locations, tutors and local guides
We are polite, friendly and always here to help
Our hotels are all chosen by our trusted and experienced staff
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