October 27th 2014

Breathe deeply on our Walks on the Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre – because the coastline of Italy will simply take your breath away! With multicolored buildings clinging to the craggy cliffs, flotillas of little boats still bob in the azure seas, which lap against a host of ancient harbors. The Ligurian Sea – the Mediterranean on Italy’s western shores – sparkles in the sunlight and impossibly pretty villages scrabble for attention in a hiker’s paradise. Early summer is the perfect season to walk here – it’s warm, but without the heat of the high season, the beaches are quiet and the colors of the land and sea are fresh and clear. Cinque Terre, the ‘five lands’ where pedestrians take precedence, has the charm of centuries of history and the glamor of the Italian Riviera. portofino cinque 500 Lunch in pretty Portofino, dine on the local Genovese specialty of spaghetti smothered in basil-rich pesto and reflect on the Hollywood names who have dined overlooking that same sea view. The five villages, Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, the coastline and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over the centuries, terraces were carved into the rugged landscape to enable people to live, farm and fish. cinque terre nets 500 Today paths, trains and boats connect the villages, which appear to be toppling towards the sea, and cars cannot reach them from the outside. Further south, a ribbon of a road winds at seemingly impossible angles along the jewel that is the Amalfi Coast. From sweet Sorrento, wedged on a ledge between the mountains and the Med, past lemon and olive groves to Amalfi itself, the vistas from the plunging cliffs 500 feet down to the sea are incredible. Head away from the road and the mountain trail is not called the Path of Gods for nothing. Walk between the sea and the sky on the old mule-path past some picturesque ruins and inhabited dwellings, along open land and through woods. Take a boat to the lovely Isle of Capri, once a vacation hideaway for Roman emperors, now the same for the rich and famous and admire the views of the mainland. Return to Positano, pretty as a picture postcard, and complete the stay in Ravello, perched high on the cliffs, famous for its views, its stunning cathedral and the famous gardens of Villa Cimbrone. All the details of our next Walks on the Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre in May 2015 are on the website and in the 2015 Brochure.

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