Easygoing Walking Tour Cinque Terre & Tuscany
Dolce Tempo Journey from Italy's Seaside to Tuscan Villages
La dolce vita. The good life. The ingredients seem so simple: a stroll along the Mediterranean every morning. Crisp, local wine. Lots of time outside and with your loved ones. Seafood plucked straight from the water. Languorous afternoons at the café or the beach. But as every chef knows, you’ve got to know how to put it all together. The Italians understand. You’ll just have to come see for yourself.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual & Casual Plus Hotels
Start Pisa / End Florence
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Refreshingly Active Adventures
Walk (or travel by train) through the centuries-old trails that connect the five villages of Cinque Terre’s coastline, a World Heritage Site, before continuing to the rolling hills and vineyards of Tuscany.
Stroll through classic Italian villages and picturesque vineyards and be welcomed by friendly locals eager to share their culture and the fruits of their labors.
Unique Hotels & Delectable Dining
Enjoy comfortable casual hotels on this trip, family-owned and strategically located—and savor Italian cuisine as we traverse the countryside, discovering new regional wines and local specialties.
6 Days Casual & Casual Plus Hotels
Walk along stunning coastal trails, passing deep forests and terraced vineyards | Discover the dramatic landscapes of the Ligurian Riviera | Arrive in Portovenere, the stunning fisherman’s village set on the Gulf of La Spezia | Savor fresh frutti di mare (seafood) on Palmaria Island.
This modest seaside hotel offers charm and hospitality as warm and sunny as its colorful exterior.
Meet the magnificent coastline of the Cinque Terre, a World Heritage Site | Walk ancient trails and ride the train that connects these car-free villages to the world | Enjoy well-groomed paths lined with ancient stone walls en route from Riomaggiore to Monterosso al Mare | Wander the streets of Santa Margherita Ligure, a vibrant summer destination popular with Italians | Stroll the Parco all the way to Portofino’s postcard-perfect waterfront | Enjoy an unforgettable Mediterranean dinner by the sea.
Just steps from the bay of Santa Margherita, this art nouveau-style hotel is set atop a promontory, surrounded by oak, pine and palm trees.
Enjoy striking vistas of Greve in Chianti and Montefioralle as you walk through the Chianti Fiorentino | Sample small-batch local balsamic vinegars in historic Radda | Relax with a signature Backroads picnic and some local wine at a 1,000-year-old vineyard | Bask in the Tuscan sun, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves | Learn the history of Chianti Classico and sample regional wines with our friend Fabrizio | End your adventure in Florence, a perfect place to extend your stay.
Owned by the same family since the 1500s, this former manor house offers vistas of the countryside, olive groves and vineyards of Chianti Classico. (pool)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
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Dolce Tempo: What to Expect
Our walking activities allow you to leisurely explore local footpaths and paved walking paths, exploring authentic, local hidden gems. Get away from the crowds to experience the essence of your location, taking time to explore and experience your region on your own terms. Your day unfolds according to your agenda, not someone else's. Easygoing daily routes typically 2-3 hours of walking per day, approximately 2-7 miles. Fully supported with dedicated Trip Leaders, support vans and meticulously selected routes and a Backroads navigation app to offer guidance on the route.
The terrain on this trip includes a mix of rolling dirt and paved trails with sections of stone steps, forest paths and gravel country roads. Significant elevation gains and losses can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest, especially along the coastal paths in Cinque Terre.
- All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
- Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
- Snacks and beverages between meals
- Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
- Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
- Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
- Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
- Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
- On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
- Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
- Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
- Park and other entry fees
- Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
- Select coach transfers
- Baggage transfers and porterage
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
Cinque Terre is a popular tourist destination with busy peak seasons, especially during the summer months and on national holidays. Like any sought-after national park destination and World Heritage site, crowds are common. To access the best hiking areas in the Cinque Terre, we will sometimes be riding on state-operated regional trains alongside locals and other tourists. Like all public transportation, the trains can be subject to delay and may be crowded during peak seasons. Because the national park is still recovering from trail damage from previous years, weather-related trail closures may occur. In the event of a trail closure, your Backroads Trip Leaders will have alternate hikes and activities available.
Hotel Belvedere is a modest property with a picturesque location in stunning Portovenere. While this property is simpler than the typical Backroads standard, we ve chosen it because of its proximity to our favorite routes and the fantastic Mediterranean views.
While biking and hiking and kayaking trips are at the core of popular adventure travel offerings, they are not for everyone. So Backroads, a company that has long been the leader in active travel trips, has come up with an array of softer adventures for 2021.