Explore the small villages, rugged coastline, and the incredible scenery of the Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera on this comprehensive 15-day trip. Stay in old-world towns where you'll hike cliffside paths, visit coastal medieval fortresses, and learn to cook in a local's home. Visit Genoa for the food & old town, then end your trip in Pisa to climb the famed tower and hunt for truffles in the Tuscan countryside.
Tasting local food is an excellent way to learn more about a place and the people who live there. The ancient Romans built Genoa, which experienced its golden years from 1100 to 1500 CE. It was one of the Italian Maritime Republics, which also included Amalfi, Pisa, and Venice. Profitable trades and commerce allowed Genoa to increase its power and wealth while mixing different cultures and traditions to create its unique cuisine.
You’ll start your tour in one of the most interesting parts of the city called “La Superba.” Since the tour’s theme is local food, your guide will alternate visits to the highlights of Genoa with tastings of food, wine, and local specialties. For example, pair the St. Lawrence Cathedral and Ducal Palace with farinata (chickpea tart) and enjoy the Porto Antico with focaccia. Next, hang out in De Ferrari square while nibbling cheese focaccia, stroll Garibaldi Street and its magnificent Palazzi with a glass of white wine, and admire the medieval Porta Soprana and Porta Sottana while tasting Pandolce (sweet bread with raisins and candied fruit) or gelato.
At the end of the tour, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Genoa is the birthplace of pesto, so try some fresh pasta with homemade pesto sauce. You can also taste the famous Genoese vegetable soup or other meat and fish specialties of the region.
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Itineraries with Genoa Sites & Tastes Walking Tour
Take a full week to treat yourself on this trip. Stroll the seaside streets of Portofino and trails of Cinque Terre, taste the slow food scene in the Langhe region (where the movement began), and explore the historic highlights of Turin, including a trip to a mountaintop monastery that sits alongside a popular pilgrimage route.
Grand Cities and Classic Riviera Villages: Turin, Santa Margherita Ligure, Cinque Terre, & More - 6 Days
Spend 6 days in Northern Italy discovering the myriad charms of the Piedmont region and the Italian Riviera . Learn about the history of Turin on a guided walking tour of major sites, including the Royal Palace and Church of San Lorenzo. Escape the city and stay in relaxed Santa Margherita Ligure on the Italian Riviera. Enjoy walking along the beach to the fishing village of Portofino, and take day trips to explore the Cinque Terre and Genoa.