Portofino and the Tigullio Gulf self-guided walk
Portofino is the star turn of the Italian Riviera, a beautifully preserved fishing village tucked into a perfect bay, but it is only one of the highlights of this fascinating stretch of coastline that sits between Genoa and the Cinque Terre.
The tour starts in Camogli on the west side of the Portofino promontory, a former fishing village (known in medieval times as the 'city of a thousand sails') which was described by Charles Dickens as ‘the feistiest, roughest, most piratical little place I’ve visited’. It’s a little more couth these days but has lost none of its nautical charm. The first walk of the tour takes you through the national park that separates Camogli and Portofino following a series of well-marked trails through pine and oak forests above spectacular coastline with some of the most beautiful views in northern Italy.
Leaving the Portofino peninsula on Day 3 you pick up the ancient pilgrim trails that connected France wth Rome, passing through the hills that wrap around behind the Gulf of Tugullio, dropping down to the lively coastal towns each evening. The tour finishes at the end of the gulf at the 'Bay of Silence' in Sestri Levante, a delightful summer resort on the Isola Peninsula.
This gorgeous walk follows the pilgrim trails that run above the Liguria coast, climbing up into the forested hills each before dipping down to the bustling coastal towns in the evening, detouring into the beautiful Portofino National Park at the beginning. The trails follow a combination of ancient paved paths and well-marked walking trails. It is straightforward and without long climbs. The walks range from 6 km to 11 km per day. This is a Grade 1 walk (click here for details)
You'll be staying mostly in excellent, centrally located, family-run 4-star hotels that have been operating since the early 1900s. They have comfortable rooms with generous breakfasts, en suite bathrooms and sea views.
Ligurians like to use their own trusted products which come from the 350 kilometres of coastline with its rough, mountainous hinterland or which is fished out of ther own waters. It is an austere but delicous style of cooking that has produced such specialities as pesto sauce and foccaccia. Even the wines, grown with great effort on the steep, rocky terraces suit the local food perfectly.
Dinners are not included in the standard tour, however, if you select the 'Dinners option' (which we recommend) this will include 3 course meals alla carte (ie free choice) in some of the coast's finest restaurants. The dinner option also means you'll have a guaranteed booking each night.
Support on the walk:
To guide you through this wonderful walk, you will receive: the Hidden Italy roadbook (an eighty-page A5 booklet that includes comprehensive daily walking notes accompanied by detailed maps, updated and revised each year); access to the exclusive Hidden Italy App to complement the roadbook (the App is downloadable to Apple and Android devices and features information about the routes: maps, GPS tracks, altimetric profiles, etc; GPS navigation on all the routes; an alert function if you stray off the track; and an emergency function); twenty-four-hour phone support from our Florence-based Operations Manager.
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This 6 day/5 night walk can be personalised to suit your interests and dates.
- Five nights’ accommodation
- All breakfasts
- Reading lists and historical and cultural notes
- Maps and detailed walking instructions
- Daily transfers of baggage between hotels
- 24 hour back-up from local operations manager
$1950 B&B only p/p
$2200 with dinners included p/p
Single supplement: $550
5% discount applies when booking for a group 4 or more
"The walk notes, hotels, restaurants, and maps were all excellent. I think you've got a wonderful product... Lots of good little surprises along the way; tucked away restaurants, misty views through pine forests, and friendly locals."
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