Best of Cinque Terre

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Cinque Terre
The Cinque Terre is a rugged strip of the Ligurian coastline made up of five traditional fishing villages—Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coast, villages, and surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The region is renowned for its beautiful natural surroundings and its abundance of Mediterranean plants covering the scrubby hillsides that tumble down to the turquoise water. 

The historic villages and breathtaking beauty of the region make it a popular choice for travelers. The well-preserved towns prohibit vehicles so as not to destroy the traditional charm, and most travelers arrive by a train that runs along the coast or by tour boat. The area's coastline hiking trails are some of the world's best, linking the small villages together by a beautiful footpath. The path from Riomaggiore to Manarola is called the Via Dell'Amore (Italian for Lover's Walk) and its midpoint—The Lover's Lock, a statue of two people kissing—is a favorite place for couples to copy the gesture for a photo. 

Suggested activities include:
  • The Cinque Terre has no shortage of churches—visit a few of them, including the Santuario di Nostra Signora di Montenero in Riomaggiore and the Church of San Giovanni Battista in Corniglia 
  • Explore the 13th-century Castello Di Riomaggiore, which dominates the Cinque Terre coastline. Built to protect the town from seafaring pirates, the castle is now simply a throwback to a different time, as well as a great place for photographs. Head inside the castle to see the museum exhibit of the centuries of town history
  • Pay a visit to Cantina 5 Terre in Riomaggiore, the Cinque Terre's only major winery, to learn about how ancient traditions mix with modern-day production techniques to produce a unique and flavorful wine. Sample the wines, especially the local white, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon 

If you have a favorite village after exploring them all, make a reservation at a restaurant for dinner, and return later in the evening using the local train service. Try the Ligurian specialty, pesto sauce served with handmade pasta and fresh focaccia bread.
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How Many Days Should You Spend in the Cinque Terre?

Cinque Terre is a collection of five seaside villages on a two-mile/three-km stretch of Italy’s northwest coast. Known as the Italian Riviera due to its dramatic setting, it takes a mere day to visit each of these gems. 2-3 days would allow you to enjoy its beaches and discover the culture via a cooking class. And with 4-5 days you could get to know every inch of Cinque Terre on boat trips, hikes of the surrounding mountains, and even make an extra trip to historic Genoa.

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Best Time of Year to Visit Cinque Terre: Seasons, Travel Tips, & More

Located in northwestern Italy, Cinque Terre is a Mediterranean dreamscape as beautiful as any other in Italy. However, the seasons determine the type of holiday you can expect here. Fall and winter bring grey skies and chilly weather. Summer is the most popular month, with the beaches of Monterosso al Mare overflowing with sunseekers, making the shoulder seasons the ideal time to travel. But there are other secrets to seasonal travel to Cinque Terre, and you'll find them below.

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Ultimate Guide to Cinque Terre: 5 Fabled Villages of the Italian Riviera

In the northwest of Italy is a stretch of ruggedly beautiful coast that gives the nation's other hotspots a run for their money. This is Cinque Terre, and it comprises five villages spread over two miles, all with a history as deep as the Ligurian Sea. Let this guide be your roadmap to the vast lemon groves, terraced vineyards, and colorful seaside homes that define a region.

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Map of Travel Feature: A Winter Hike Through the Villages of Cinque Terre
Travel Feature: A Winter Hike Through the Villages of Cinque Terre

The five villages of the Cinque Terre are clustered on a terraced, hilly stretch of Italian Riviera coastline. Hiking between the centuries-old settlements is a popular summer pursuit, the steep footpath perpetually filled with camera-happy tourists. To beat the crowds, veteran travel writer Stephen Keeling attempts a February through-hike instead—all in just one day.

Cinque Terre Itineraries

Cinque Terra hiking path
Map of Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera - 7 Days
Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera - 7 Days

Spend a week on the Cinque Terre coast, exploring the small towns and rugged cliffs that make this region such a popular destination. Stay in Manarola and Portofino, two of the UNESCO-designated region's old-world villages. Hike along the coast, snorkel in the clear blue water and eat delicious fresh-caught seafood. End your trip in Pisa where the famous leaning tower and richly decorated medieval churches await.

Colorful homes in Manarola
Map of Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera - 10 Days
Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera - 10 Days

From the small villages that cling to steep cliffs to the medieval architecture and blue water, this 10-day trip to the Cinque Terre coast has something for everyone. Stay in the tight-knit community of Manarola where you'll go hiking & swimming, then learn to cook Italian fare from a local. End your trip in the port city of Pisa, where the Campo dei Miracoli and narrow streets offer endless opportunities to explore.

Colorful houses in the town of Manarola
Map of Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera - 8 Days
Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera - 8 Days

From rocky beaches to fresh-caught seafood and medieval fortresses, this 8-day trip to the Cinque Terre packs the adventure in. Stay in small fishing villages, hike along steep coastal trails, and snorkel to see the haunting Christ of the Abyss statue near Portofino. End your trip in Pisa to climb to the top of the leaning tower and eat the perfect cone of creamy gelato.

Walking paths above Vernazza
Map of Walk the Ligurian Coast: Portofino, Cinque Terre & Portovenere - 8 Days
Walk the Ligurian Coast: Portofino, Cinque Terre & Portovenere - 8 Days

Explore the coastal trails of the Ligurian Riviera on foot with this adventurous itinerary. Starting in the seaside village of Camogli, you’ll make your way south, visiting beachside San Fruttuoso and Portofino before hopping a train to the iconic Cinque Terre. These five colorful villages are set like gems along steep sea cliffs, and you’ll walk between them via the region’s famed footpaths. Your final day ends in Portovenere, where you can watch the sunset over the shimmering Bay of Poets.

Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa
Map of Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera - 11 Days
Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera - 11 Days

Spend eleven days hiking between small fishing villages and exploring Pisa on this getaway adventure. Start in the tight-knit community of Manarola, one of the Cinque Terre's many towns, to explore 1,000-year-old fortresses and rocky beaches. Continue to Portofino where elegant summer villas dot the steep hills to explore the coastline from the water, then end your trip in Pisa to climb the famous leaning tower.

Portofino hillside & port
Map of Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera - 6 Days
Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera - 6 Days

This packed getaway itinerary is perfect for travelers who want to see a different side of Italy but are short on time. Spend 6 days on the UNESCO-designated Cinque Terre coastline, where you'll stay in small fishing towns, eat fresh seafood, and sunbathe on rocky beaches. Explore the historic area on foot (no cars allowed in the old villages!) then end your trip in Pisa to climb the famous leaning tower.

Vernazza, one of the Cinque Terre's historic towns
Map of Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera - 9 Days
Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera - 9 Days

Climb Pisa's leaning tower and discover old-world villages on this incredible 9-day getaway itinerary. Start in the town of Manarola and enjoy an evening sunset cruise. Hike on coastal paths and sunbathe on rocky beaches, then head to Portofino for a boat tour and 1,000-year-old fortresses. End your trip in Pisa, where world-famous architecture and delicious gelato await.

Italian Riviera
Map of Grand Cities and Classic Riviera Villages: Turin, Santa Margherita Ligure, Cinque Terre, & More - 9 Days
Grand Cities and Classic Riviera Villages: Turin, Santa Margherita Ligure, Cinque Terre, & More - 9 Days

Discover Northern Italy's Piedmont region and the Italian Riviera during this 9-day trip. Learn the storied history of the Savoy at the Royal Palace and marvel at the baroque design of the San Lorenzo Church. Head to the Italian Rivera and luxuriate in the beachfront town of Santa Margherita Ligure. Enjoy coastal walks to nearby Portofino and hiking through the Cinque Terre villages. Take a day trip to Genoa and explore the city's medieval Old Town and port at your own pace. Finish off your trip exploring cultural, religious and historical monuments in Milan, Italy's unofficial capital.

Genoa's historic port and town center
Map of Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera - 12 Days
Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera - 12 Days

If spending 12 days exploring the rugged scenery and medieval fishing villages of the Cinque Terre sounds good, this trip is perfect for you. Start in Manarola, a small community with a big heart, for coastal hikes & a chance to learn traditional cooking from a local. Continue to Portofino for medieval fortresses and sunset kayaking, then end your trip in Pisa to see world-famous architecture and the Tuscan countryside.

The town of Manarola
Map of Active Cinque Terre - 8 Days
Active Cinque Terre - 8 Days

This one week tour of National Park of Cinque Terre lets you explore this UNESCO heritage site in all its glory. This is a unique area where houses are painted in vivid multi-colored shades and the sea is brighter than the sky. The hiking routes consist of ancient paths and mule tracks. Short train rides connect its five classic colorful fishing villages.

Portofino's coastline
Map of Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera - 13 Days
Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera - 13 Days

Fare tredici (Italian for 'hit the jackpot') with this amazing 13-day itinerary of the Cinque Terre coastline. Hike between small villages on a stunning coastal path, snorkel to see the incredible Christ of the Abyss statue and sunbathe on rocky beaches in Portofino. Explore Genoa's maritime history & medieval downtown, then end in Pisa to climb the famous leaning tower and go wine tasting in the Tuscan countryside.

The Cinque Terre village of Vernazza.
Map of Explore Liguria & Tuscany: Cinque Terre, Florence, Pisa & Val D'Orcia - 13 Days
Explore Liguria & Tuscany: Cinque Terre, Florence, Pisa & Val D'Orcia - 13 Days

Explore Mediterranean beaches, Renaissance capitals, and medieval hill towns on this delightful 13-day tour through the Italian regions of Liguria and Tuscany. Start your adventure on the west coast, where you'll discover the quaint villages, rugged shorelines, and breathtaking scenery of the Cinque Terre. Head inland to spend a day wandering through history in Pisa, before journeying west to soak up the Renaissance splendor of Florence. The final five days take you deep into the Tuscan countryside, where you'll stay at a rural agriturismo villa and immerse yourself in the culture and landscape of the Val d'Orcia—wine tasting and truffle hunting around picturesque hill towns.

Cinque Terre Coastline
Map of Grand Cities and Classic Riviera Villages: Turin, Santa Margherita Ligure, Cinque Terre, & More - 10 Days
Grand Cities and Classic Riviera Villages: Turin, Santa Margherita Ligure, Cinque Terre, & More - 10 Days

On this 10-day trip, discover the Piedmont region on a guided tour of Turin's historic sites and a day trip into the wild to go hunting for white Alba truffles. Then, escape the city by heading to the Italian Rivera and Cinque Terre coastline. Spend free time at the beach, indulging in gelato, visiting the fishing village of Portofino, and getting inspired in favorite spots of Byron and Shelley in Portovenere. Go wine tasting in the Cinque Terre and munch on plates of Genovese pesto and fresh focaccia in Genoa's Old Town.

Portofino
Map of Grand Cities and Classic Riviera Villages: Turin, Santa Margherita Ligure, Cinque Terre, & More - 7 Days
Grand Cities and Classic Riviera Villages: Turin, Santa Margherita Ligure, Cinque Terre, & More - 7 Days

Spend time in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, as well as the Italian Riviera, during this 7-day trip. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Turin to learn about the city's history and baroque architecture. Then leave the city behind for Rivera beaches and coastal hiking in the rugged Cinque Terre on the west coast. Be charmed by the quaint fishing villages of Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino. Embrace the relaxed pace of life and go wine tasting in Riomaggiore, before heading back to exciting bustle of modern Milan to complete your journey.

Village of Manarola
Map of Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera - 14 Days
Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera - 14 Days

Spend two weeks exploring the Cinque Terre to your heart's content on this packed itinerary. Start in the medieval village of Manarola where you'll learn traditional cooking from a local, then head up the coast to the beautiful town of Portofino to explore the rugged coast from the water. Continue to Genoa for medieval alleyways and a food tour, then end in Pisa to learn why, exactly, the famous tower leans.

Coastal town of Rio Maggiore
Map of Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera - 15 Days
Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera - 15 Days

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.

Cinque Terre Village
Map of Grand Cities and Classic Riviera Villages: Turin, Santa Margherita Ligure, Cinque Terre, & More - 8 Days
Grand Cities and Classic Riviera Villages: Turin, Santa Margherita Ligure, Cinque Terre, & More - 8 Days

Discover the Piedmont and Italian Riviera regions of Northern Italy during this 8-day trip. Visit the iconic Royal Palace, previously owned by the wealthy Savoy family, Piazza Castello and the Turin Egyptian Museum. See the gorgeous Italian Rivera, known for sparkling seas and charming beachfront villages, including Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino. Walk along the coast and between the villages of the Cinque Terre, and spend a half-day on a wine tasting tour. Explore the Rossi palaces in Genoa & try homemade Genovese pesto before traveling to your final destination, fashionable Milan.

Italian Riviera Coastline
Map of Grand Cities and Classic Riviera Villages: Turin, Santa Margherita Ligure, Cinque Terre, & More - 12 Days
Grand Cities and Classic Riviera Villages: Turin, Santa Margherita Ligure, Cinque Terre, & More - 12 Days

On this 12-day trip, begin your journey in the heart of the Piedmont region, enjoying a guided tour of the historic city of Turin, and going hunting for rare white truffles in Alba. On the Italian Riviera, collect relaxing days in Camogli, Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino, followed up by wine tasting and hiking glorious paths in the Cinque Terre. Take day trips to Genoa and Portovenere in search of the perfect plate of Genovese pesto, history in the Rolli palaces, and the inspired views of Byron's Grotto to round off your Riviera experience. End your trip with the soaring architecture of Milan, old juxtaposed against new in this center of modern Italy.

View of the Cinque Terre Coast
Map of Florence, Cinque Terre, Rome, & Amalfi Coast - 13 Days
Florence, Cinque Terre, Rome, & Amalfi Coast - 13 Days

Escape it all with this 13-day holiday through the highlights of Italy. Stroll across the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, go for a wine tasting in Tuscany, and feel the cool sea breeze on a sunset cruise along the Cinque Terre coast. Delve into the history of Rome and admire the stunning Vatican City before soaking up the sun on the Amalfi Coast. Dine on fresh seafood and meander through colorful villages to round off your trip. 

View of the Cinque Terre
Map of Florence, Cinque Terre, Rome, & Amalfi Coast - 14 Days
Florence, Cinque Terre, Rome, & Amalfi Coast - 14 Days

Your two-week getaway to Italy fits in cultural highlights and coastal beauty the country is famed for. Begin your adventure in Florence, admiring the art and architecture the birthplace of Florence offers before heading to Cinque Terre. Stroll through the colorful villages and admiring the coastline on a sunset cruise. From here, you'll visit Rome, where ancient history comes to life. Finish off your trip with a stay on the Amalfi Coast. Soak in the sunshine and discover the beauty of this enchanting area.

Canals of Venice
Map of Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, & Venice - 10 Days
Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, & Venice - 10 Days

Start your trip in Rome and visit the legendary Colosseum. Admire the Sistine Chapel and stroll through the streets of its buzzing nightlife. See Michelangelo's 'David' sculpture in Florence, meander through piazzas and across the famed Ponte Vecchio bridge before exploring the colorful, seaside villages of Cinque Terre. Finish off in Venice, shopping for carnival masks and handblown art.

A scoop of gelato in front of Florence's Duomo
Map of Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, & Venice - 15 Days
Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, & Venice - 15 Days

Start your trip in Rome and visit the legendary Colosseum. Admire the Sistine Chapel and stroll through the streets of its buzzing nightlife. See Michelangelo's 'David' sculpture in Florence, meander through piazzas and across the famed Ponte Vecchio bridge before exploring the colorful, seaside villages of Cinque Terre. Finish off in Venice, shopping for carnival masks and handblown art.

View of the Cinque Terre
Map of Florence, Cinque Terre, Rome, & Amalfi Coast - 15 Days
Florence, Cinque Terre, Rome, & Amalfi Coast - 15 Days

Spend your holiday taking in the sights and sounds (and tastes!) of Italy with this 15-day tour. Peruse the piazzas in Florence and head into Tuscany for a wine tasting before discovering the colorful, cliffside villages of Cinque Terre and blue waters of the Mediterranean. From there, head to Rome, where history and architecture abound before finishing up your travels soaking in the sun with time along the Amalfi Coast, lazing on the sandy beaches.

Skyline of Florence
Map of Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, & Venice - 11 Days
Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, & Venice - 11 Days

Start your trip in Rome and visit the legendary Colosseum. Admire the Sistine Chapel and stroll through the streets of its buzzing nightlife. See Michelangelo's 'David' sculpture in Florence, meander through piazzas and across the famed Ponte Vecchio bridge before exploring the colorful, seaside villages of Cinque Terre. Finish off in Venice, shopping for carnival masks and handblown art.

View of the Cinque Terre
Map of Florence, Cinque Terre, Rome, & Amalfi Coast - 16 Days
Florence, Cinque Terre, Rome, & Amalfi Coast - 16 Days

This 16-day itinerary travels through all the highlights Italy has to offer. Start off in Florence, strolling along cobblestone streets and across the famed Ponte Vecchio before venturing to the coast and exploring the colorful villages of the Cinque Terre. From here, head south to Rome to discover the Eternal City, delving into the history of the Colosseum and admiring the breathtaking Sistine Chapel. Finish up with some beach time and relaxation along the Amalfi Coast. 

Cinque Terre
Map of Grand Cities and Classic Riviera Villages: Turin, Santa Margherita Ligure, Cinque Terre, & More - 11 Days
Grand Cities and Classic Riviera Villages: Turin, Santa Margherita Ligure, Cinque Terre, & More - 11 Days

On this 11-day trip stay in Turin and discover the importance of the Piedmont region as you visit the iconic Piazza Castello and Royal Palace, then hunt for rare white truffles in Alba with a local expert. Spend some time relaxing on the beach on the Italian Rivera and exploring the villages of Camogli, Santa Margherita Ligure, and Portofino. The Cinque Terre offers great hiking and wine tasting. In Genoa enjoy a self-guided day searching for the best Pesto-Genovese and wandering the Old Town.

Cinque Terre, Italy
Map of Taste of Italy: Florence, Pisa, Venice, Cinque Terre - 12 days
Taste of Italy: Florence, Pisa, Venice, Cinque Terre - 12 days

From Tuscany to Veneto to the Italian Riviera, this 12-day itinerary is perfect for indulgent travelers who want to see and taste the best of Italy. You'll start in Northern Italy, with a  tour of Verona and then see romantic Venice. You'll visit the birthplace of the Renaissance in Florence, then tourTuscan vineyards, and visit Pisa's 'leaning tower.' Your adventure will end with the former fishing villages of the Cinque Terre where you'll sample the foods of Liguria — the Italian Riviera — including seafood, pesto, and focaccia.

View of the Amalfi Coast
Map of Florence, Cinque Terre, Rome, & Amalfi Coast - 12 Days
Florence, Cinque Terre, Rome, & Amalfi Coast - 12 Days

This 12-day trip perfectly combines the cultural and historic aspects of Italy's most notable cities with laidback relaxation on the Mediterranean sea. Admire the stunning Duomo in Florence and sip wine amongst the hills of Chianti before heading to the Cinque Terre coast to sail along the turquoise waters. Travel back in time in Rome's Colosseum and Vatican City, before finishing off your adventure strolling along the sunny streets of the Amalfi Coast villages. 

Houses of Cinque Terre
Map of Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, & Venice - 12 Days
Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, & Venice - 12 Days

Start your trip in Rome and visit the legendary Colosseum. Admire the Sistine Chapel and stroll through the streets of its buzzing nightlife. See Michelangelo's 'David' sculpture in Florence, meander through piazzas and across the famed Ponte Vecchio bridge before exploring the colorful, seaside villages of Cinque Terre. Finish off in Venice, shopping for carnival masks and handblown art.

Homes of Burano, near Venice
Map of Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, & Venice - 13 Days
Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, & Venice - 13 Days

Start your trip in Rome and visit the legendary Colosseum. Admire the Sistine Chapel and stroll through the streets of its buzzing nightlife. See Michelangelo's 'David' sculpture in Florence, meander through piazzas and across the famed Ponte Vecchio bridge before exploring the colorful, seaside villages of Cinque Terre. Finish off in Venice, shopping for carnival masks and handblown art.

Cinque Terre coastline
Map of Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, & Venice - 14 Days
Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, & Venice - 14 Days

Start your trip in Rome and visit the legendary Colosseum. Admire the Sistine Chapel and stroll through the streets of its buzzing nightlife. See Michelangelo's 'David' sculpture in Florence, meander through piazzas and across the famed Ponte Vecchio bridge before exploring the colorful, seaside villages of Cinque Terre. Finish off in Venice, shopping for carnival masks and handblown art.

Beautiful Florence by Night
History and Nature in Italy: Venice to Rome - 13 Days

Your exploration of Italy's historical and natural charm starts in the streets of Venice and continues through the ancient cities of Parma, Pisa, Florence, and Rome, where you'll discover museums, art galleries, monuments, and more. Enjoy a sunset gondola ride, a private food tour, traditional dishes in hip neighborhoods, and a guided visit to Vatican City and the Roman Forum. Trade bustling city centers for outdoor experiences like boat tours and day hikes in Lake Como, as well as the unforgettable memory of traversing colorful villages in Cinque Terre.

Mont Blanc in the Alps
Luxury Northwest Italy: Alps, Cinque Terre, Riviera, Lake Maggiore & More - 15 Days

Find your inspiration on this 15-day luxury trip through northwest Italy. Bask in the sun-baked hues of Portofino, rich culinary scene of Piedmont, and churches of Turin. Then, continue high into the Alps and down to the indulgent villas of Lake Maggiore and its Borromean Islands, where carefully cultivated beauty can be found around every corner.

Portofino harbor
Luxury Northwest Italy: Alps, Cinque Terre, Riviera, Lake Maggiore & More - 14 Day

The city of Alba is best known for its white truffles, sometimes referred to as the "diamonds of Alba" for how prized they are. Sample these truffles and other delights of Northwest Italy on this two-week trip which takes you from the shores of Portofino into the wine- and truffle-rich of the Piedmont. Continue to the medieval streets of Turin, up into the Alps, and back down to the shores of Lake Maggiore before you depart.

Along Portofino
Luxury Northwest Italy: Turin, Cinque Terre, Riviera - 7 Days

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.

Park garden on Isola Bella
Luxury Northwest Italy: Alps, Cinque Terre, Riviera & More - 10 Days

Travel indulgently back in time for 10 days with this trip. Whether you're riding a private boat along the coast of Portofino to a medieval abbey only accessible by sea, learning to make one of Italy's oldest cheeses in the original home of the slow food movement, or going behind the scenes of the normally closed Library of the Academy of Sciences in Turin, there's a new castle or work of art around every corner.

Sacra di San Michele
Luxury Northwest Italy: Alps, Cinque Terre, Riviera, & More - 8 Days

The Sacra di Michele sits alongside a pilgrimage route from France to Italy and boasts features like the Doorway of the Zodiac, Great Staircase of the Dead, and Tower of the Beautiful Alda. Hear some its stories, and many others, on this eight-day itinerary which takes you from the seaside resorts of the coast to the Piedmont countryside to the mountains of Turin.

Sunset over Turin
Luxury Northwest Italy: Turin, Cinque Terre, Riviera - 6 Days

Six days will take you on a sweep through some of Northwest Italy's most indulgent spots. Split your time between the coasts in Portofino and Cinque Terre; the rolling hills of the Piedmont region, home to wine, cheese, and truffles; and the medieval streets of Turin with a history tour.

Venice
Map of Romantic Italy: Rome, Florence, and Venice by Train - 10 Days
Romantic Italy: Rome, Florence, and Venice by Train - 10 Days

On this 10-day trip, you'll travel by train to three of Italy's most popular cities, where flavors, history, archaeology, and the territory intertwine. Your journey begins in Rome with a day-long excursion to the fabled ruins of Pompeii. Next, you'll visit Florence, the city of Michelangelo, and take a day tour to the Chianti region. Your Italian adventure concludes in Venice, where you'll wander through Saint Mark's Square and travel by boat along the famous Grand Canal. After this trip, you will truly understand why Italy is called the Bel Paese!

Portofino coastline
Luxury Northwest Italy: Turin, Cinque Terre, Riviera - 5 Days

Catch a glimpse of luxuries of Northwest Italy with this five-day itinerary. You'll spin through seaside towns of Portofino and Cinque Terre, then go inland to hunt for truffles in the Langhe region. End in the city of Turin with an insider tour of its most historic spots.

The Colorful Building of Cinque Terre
Hiking the Villages of Cinque Terre - 6 Days

On this colorful, seaside tour, you'll hike the routes along Cinque Terre's famous coastlines, visiting villages like Vernazza, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, and Portovenere. You'll hike through scenic vineyards and along steep trails to score the best views of the Ligurian Sea, stopping at sanctuaries, churches, castles, and seaside abbeys. At the end of your trip, enjoy a boat cruise along the entirety of Cinque Terre, from Portovenere to Levanto.

Alba's historic center
Luxury Northwest Italy: Alps, Cinque Terre, Riviera, & More - 9 Days

Sample some of the finest flavors of Northwest Italy on this nine-day journey. Whether it's fresh seafood along the waterfronts of Portofino and Cinque Terre, rare truffles and wines of the Piedmont region where the slow food movement was born, or city cafes in Turin, your trip is sure to leave a good taste behind.

Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore
Luxury Northwest Italy: Alps, Cinque Terre, Riviera, Lake Maggiore & More - 13 Days

Take 13 days to travel in style through Northwest Italy. You'll get insider access to spots like a secluded monastery accessible only by boat, the classic wineries of Barolo, truffles of Alba, and Library of Turin. Head to the mountains, where you'll pass through the Doorway of the Zodiac to the Sacra di San Michele and into the ruins of a former Roman settlement before winding down on the shores of Lake Maggiore.

Leaning Tower of Pisa
Map of Tuscany Self-Drive Tour - 7 Days
Tuscany Self-Drive Tour - 7 Days

Explore Tuscany's incredible art and history on this itinerary. Start your trip in Florence, where world-famous works by Michelangelo, da Vinci, and others dominate the art scene. On a self-drive tour, explore the Tuscan countryside to see 13th-century churches in Siena and try the renowned Chianti wine. Visit the leaning tower of Pisa and relax on the beaches of Cinque Terre before ending your trip back in Florence.

Doge Palace in Venice
Map of Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, & Venice - 8 Days
Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, & Venice - 8 Days

Start your trip in Rome and visit the legendary Colosseum. Admire the Sistine Chapel and stroll through the streets of its buzzing nightlife. See Michelangelo's 'David' sculpture in Florence, meander through piazzas and across the famed Ponte Vecchio bridge before exploring the colorful, seaside villages of Cinque Terre. Finish off in Venice, shopping for carnival masks and handblown art.

Italian Riviera Cove
Map of Grand Cities and Classic Riviera Villages: Turin, Santa Margherita Ligure, Cinque Terre, & More - 6 Days
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.

Gondola through the Venice canals
Map of Discover Venice, Tuscany, & Rome - 14 Days
Discover Venice, Tuscany, & Rome - 14 Days

From the canals of Venice to Rome's buzzing nightlife, this incredible trip through the highlights of Italy is perfect for travelers who want to see it all, making your way across the country with a mix of trains and rental car. Start in Venice to see the famed Grand Canal, then head to Florence for its famed cathedrals and da Vinci's art. From here, start the self-drive portion of your trip exploring the stunning region of Tuscany to its fullest before ending in Rome, where ancient history, eclectic neighborhoods, and a vibrant food scene await.

Colorful Houses, Italian Riviera
Map of Grand Cities and Classic Riviera Villages: Turin, Santa Margherita Ligure, Cinque Terre, & More - 5 Days
Grand Cities and Classic Riviera Villages: Turin, Santa Margherita Ligure, Cinque Terre, & More - 5 Days

With 5 days to spend,  discover Turin and the Italian Riviera in Northern Italy. Explore Turin's historical city center with a guide and visit grand piazzas, palaces and museums. After, journey to Santa Margherita Ligure on the Italian Riviera, the perfect picturesque beachfront village. Spend time relaxing in beautiful Portofino and enjoy a day trip to the Cinque Terre, famous for its medieval villages, dramatic sea cliffs, and world-class hiking trails.

Skyline of Florence
Map of Discover Venice, Tuscany, & Rome - 12 Days
Discover Venice, Tuscany, & Rome - 12 Days

From the canals of Venice to Rome's buzzing nightlife, this incredible trip through the highlights of Italy is perfect for travelers who want to see it all, making your way across the country with a mix of trains and rental car. Start in Venice to see the famed Grand Canal, then head to Florence for its famed cathedrals and da Vinci's art. From here, start the self-drive portion of your trip exploring the stunning region of Tuscany to its fullest before ending in Rome, where ancient history, eclectic neighborhoods, and a vibrant food scene await.

Siena's main square
Map of Discover Venice, Tuscany, & Rome - 16 Days
Discover Venice, Tuscany, & Rome - 16 Days

From the canals of Venice to Rome's buzzing nightlife, this incredible trip through the highlights of Italy is perfect for travelers who want to see it all, making your way across the country with a mix of trains and rental car. Start in Venice to see the famed Grand Canal, then head to Florence for its famed cathedrals and da Vinci's art. From here, start the self-drive portion of your trip exploring the stunning region of Tuscany to its fullest before ending in Rome, where ancient history, eclectic neighborhoods, and a vibrant food scene await.

A coffee in Rome
Map of Discover Venice, Tuscany, & Rome - 11 Days
Discover Venice, Tuscany, & Rome - 11 Days

From the canals of Venice to Rome's buzzing nightlife, this incredible trip through the highlights of Italy is perfect for travelers who want to see it all, making your way across the country with a mix of trains and rental car. Start in Venice to see the famed Grand Canal, then head to Florence for its famed cathedrals and da Vinci's art. From here, start the self-drive portion of your trip exploring the stunning region of Tuscany to its fullest before ending in Rome, where ancient history, eclectic neighborhoods, and a vibrant food scene await.

Medieval buildings in Siena
Map of Tuscany Self-Drive Tour - 9 Days
Tuscany Self-Drive Tour - 9 Days

Explore Tuscany's incredible art and history with this itinerary. Start your trip in Florence, where world-famous works by Michelangelo, da Vinci, and others dominate the art scene. On a self-drive tour, explore the Tuscan countryside to see 13th-century churches in Siena and try the renowned Chianti wine. Visit the leaning tower of Pisa and relax in the charming villages of the Cinque Terre before ending your trip back in Florence.

Streets of Tuscany
Map of Discover Venice, Tuscany, & Rome - 15 Days
Discover Venice, Tuscany, & Rome - 15 Days

From the canals of Venice to Rome's buzzing nightlife, this incredible trip through the highlights of Italy is perfect for travelers who want to see it all, making your way across the country with a mix of trains and rental car. Start in Venice to see the famed Grand Canal, then head to Florence for its famed cathedrals and da Vinci's art. From here, start the self-drive portion of your trip exploring the stunning region of Tuscany to its fullest before ending in Rome, where ancient history, eclectic neighborhoods, and a vibrant food scene await.

Skyline of Florence
Map of Discover Venice, Tuscany, & Rome - 13 Days
Discover Venice, Tuscany, & Rome - 13 Days

From the canals of Venice to Rome's buzzing nightlife, this incredible trip through the highlights of Italy is perfect for travelers who want to see it all, making your way across the country with a mix of trains and rental car. Start in Venice to see the famed Grand Canal, then head to Florence for its famed cathedrals and da Vinci's art. From here, start the self-drive portion of your trip exploring the stunning region of Tuscany to its fullest before ending in Rome, where ancient history, eclectic neighborhoods, and a vibrant food scene await.

Medieval buildings in Siena
Map of Tuscany Self-Drive Tour - 8 Days
Tuscany Self-Drive Tour - 8 Days

Explore Tuscany's incredible art and history with this itinerary. Start your trip in Florence, where world-famous works by Michelangelo, da Vinci, and others dominate the art scene. On a self-drive tour, explore the Tuscan countryside to see 13th-century churches in Siena and try the renowned Chianti wine. Visit the leaning tower of Pisa and relax in the charming villages of the Cinque Terre before ending your trip back in Florence.

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