Follow roads suspended between sky and sea where medieval villages of fishermen tenaciously cling to rocks. Admire the charm of the pastel colored homes by the sea, where bell towers and olive trees lean out from the terraces. Discover at the very tip of this coast the magic of a village celebrated by the poets Byron and Shelley. As we drive through the "azure motorway" along a stretch of Tyrrhenian coast, enjoy the sight of the white marble quarries of the Apuan Alps. We will then enter the Ligurian territory to reach Riomaggiore. This beautiful village of the Cinque Terre is characterized by medieval tower-homes, steps, alleys and small squares between two steep, hilly terraces.
From here take a stroll along the famous and romantic "Via dell’Amore," a smooth walk along the cliffs leading to Manarola. This small village of the Cinque Terre sits in the gorge of a high promontory among vines, olive trees and fragrant Mediterranean maquis. Continue on to Vernazza, one of the most beautiful hamlets in Italy. Vernazza perches on a rocky promontory stretching out toward the sea, its small port pressed against terraced, green hills. Admire beach homes and disappear among lanes with dozens of shops as you’re tempted by seafood from a local restaurant.
Admire the beauty of these sights from the sea in a boat along the coast between Vernazza and Portovenere. This hour long cruise embraces the beautiful rugged coast. Portovenere awaits with the ancient beauty described in its name. This gem, rich in history and art, is in the splendor of a unique natural landscape. Take a walk along the seaside among shops selling local products and handicrafts. Visit the Gothic Church of San Pietro, decorated with white and black bands. Perched on top of the promontory, it was built on the remains of a Roman temple dedicated to the goddess Venus. Admire the medieval sculptures of the Collegiate of San Lorenzo and the imposing Castello Doria overlooking the hamlet.