“Ciao Anna and Marcello,
We are a group of 5 couples (10 people), all in our 60’s, who spent 2 full days and 3 nights hiking and enjoying Cinque Terre. We stayed at the Hotel Carla in Levanto, which was very comfortable and fit our needs perfectly. On our first day of hiking we were guided by Guglielmo (William), who walked with us from Manarola to Corniglia to Vernazza, a total of about 11 miles up and down the hills, moderately strenuous. We then caught the train to Monterosso for wine tasting, and then back to Levanto. Guglielmo was a good judge of our fitness and capabilities, and we were tired, but not too tired by the end of the day. On the second day of hiking we were guided by Andreas (Andrew), first going by train to La Spezia, by bus to Portovenere, and ferry to the Island of Palmera. We hiked up and down Palmera, a total of about 8 miles, moderately strenuous. We then caught a ferry back to Levanto, affording us a spectacular view of all the villages of Cinque Terre. The hiking between villages on the first day, and the ferry trip on the second day were the highlights.
I have to mention that ICNOS arranged dinner reservations for us all 3 nights at different restaurants, and all were wonderful. The only “problem” we encountered was too much food for us to eat at one of the restaurants! It was all delicious. I am convinced that Italian food is the best in the world.
In summary, ICNOS anticipated our needs and made all the appropriate arrangements so that our brief trip to Cinque Terre was an enjoyable and memorable experience.
I highly recommend you to anyone else considering a similar trip!
“Walking the Cinque Terre” privately guided walking tour – Sept 2014