During the past years there has been a great demand for a hike with the characteristics of a pilgrimage. If you are looking for something similar, I can offer you this hiking package from Sestri Levante to Portovenere, crossing the villages of the Cinque Terre and other beautiful villages by the Ligurian Sea.
Your accommodation will be in selected small hotels (2 or 3 star) or boutique guesthouses with breakfast and typical dinner. You will receive a roadbook with maps and descriptions of the itinerary. Your luggage will be transported daily from one accommodation to the next.
Arrival by train in Riva Trigoso, next to Sestri Levante. Check-in at a small charming agriturismo or hotel. You will be given the roadbook with all the maps and information for your upcoming hike. Enjoy your first dinner with local ligurian specialties in the beautiful, rustic ambience of the restaurant of the hotel.
Start your hiking in the morning towards your next destination, Moneglia, a charming little town by the sea. The hike will take you on not very travelled footpaths to an old lookout point passing through the wonderful Mediterranean vegetation. The hike takes about 3 hours.
This will be one of the longer days taking you on panoramic footpaths first to Deiva Marina, then to Framura and Bonassola, where you will stay for the night. There are about 6 hours to hike. In case you are tired in between there is always the possibility to catch a train from one of the villages to reach your next overnight destination.
Start in the morning with a beautiful hike to the next little town Levanto. It's reachable through a wonderfully panoramic footpath or crossing an ancient tunnel system, the shorter, but of course less panoramic option. Enjoy a lunch break in this pretty town or have a swim on the beach before starting in the afternoon the next part of you hike that takes you in about 3 hours right into the Cinque Terre National Park, to a cosy hotel above the first Cinque Terre village, Monterosso. Total hiking time this day is about 5 hrs.
A tough but very scenic hike takes you from your hotel to an old sanctuary above Monterosso, then to another sanctuary above Vernazza and down to the picturesque village of Vernazza, one of the famous five Cinque Terre villages. After a lunch break you continue your hike to Corniglia (another Cinque Terre village) and, crossing the vineyards with breathtaking view, to the little hamlet of Volastra (above Manarola), where you will be accommodated in a nice family run hotel. Dinner will be offered at the local restaurant. Hiking time this day is about 6 hours.
The last strenuous hiking day with breathtaking views! Start early in the morning with your hike that takes you first on an even path to the ancient sanctuary of Montenero giving you lots of great views over the Cinque Terre villages Manarola and Riomaggiore. Then it continues crossing vineyards and oak tree forests to the village of Campiglia. From here you can see on one side the big harbour of La Spezia, on the other side the open sea. Still two hours of scenic hike and a steep descent brings you to the end point of your pilgrimage, Portovenere. At the end of the day you will take a short ferry boat ride to La Spezia where you will spend the last night of your pilgrimage in a guesthouse or hotel in the centre of the town. Dinner is arranged in a very typical and traditional restaurant.
Breakfast, check-out and departure.