The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Genoa is the capital of the Italian Riviera & in it’s golden era, it was on the maritime circuit with Pisa, Venice & Amalfi. Take evening we ate at a neat Restaurant called “Eataly.” We stayed just the one night in Genoa, then moved on to the Cinque Terre region.
Genoa, The Cinque Terre, Monterosso, Cinque Terre mountain road trip, Corniglia, Cinque Terre boat trip, Vernazza, Manarola, Riomaggiore, Milan, Lake Como, Orrido di Bellano, Varenna, & Tirano, Italy; Bernina Red Train to Alps & Switzerland, Cavaglia & Alp Grum, Switzerland; Franciacorta, Sale Marasino @ Lago d’Iseo, Monte Isola, Verona, Trento, Bressanone (Brixen), Italian Dolomites, Ortisei, South Tyrol, Val Ridanna, Vipiteno, & Bassano del Grappa, Italy.
This eighteen day adventure was my 44th trip with this company.
The Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera.
It is in the northwest of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia, and comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola & Riomaggiore.
Thus begins our main trip, and I quote from our OAT booklet: “Witness the awe-inspiring landscapes & cultural treasures of Northern Italy on a journey from the fashion capital of Milan & romance of the Lombardy Lakes to the snow-covered Alps & towering pinnacles of the Dolomites.” It was a great trip & all that it was billed to be.
This is our happy group of 16 travelers and Cecilia our great tour leader.The two areas are divided by a single tunnel that caters to pedestrians and there are very few cars in the town.I love our little hotel “Hotel Margherita” that was located right in the heart of the old town. The yellow building is our hotel & the next photo is looking off the balcony of my room.Mountain Adventure: We explored by 4-wheel drive vehicles off the beaten path along the curves from Monterosso to La Spezia.It was a spectacular drive along a mountainous winding two-lane road that wends its way among vineyards and olive groves high above the sea.Next the main trip began and we stayed in Milan for 2 nights, Tirano 3 nights, Sale Marasino 2 nights, Verona 2 nights, Bressanone 3 nights, and Preganziol (near Venice) 1 night. Save Money: If you decide you’d like to go on this or any Overseas Adventure or Grand Circle Travel trip, and you are a first time traveler with them, they will give you each 0 off any trip.