From the French border to Tuscany, Liguria spans the sunny coast of the Ligurian Sea. Its principal city, Genoa, evokes a spirit of commerce lent by medieval mariners who sought to establish a Mediterranean trading empire. But its heart is the Cinque Terre, five villages of sun-faded pastel homes cozied up against terraced vineyards and sided by the steep coast. Whether cycling inland or along the sea, the Italian Riviera still echoes with the customs of fisherman who first occupied these villages and the sense of isolation from when only a single mule track—today a hiking trail—connected them.
Fresh anchovies and frutti di mare, traditional pesto pasta, and focaccia
Cinque Terre’s easy-drinking white wine Vernaccia, sweet, golden Sciacchetrà, and reds from the Portofino region like Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo, and Dolcetto
The Italian Riviera: Home of the Happiest Villages on the Ligurian Sea2019
- Apr 28 – May 3
- May 12 – 17
- Jun 23 – 28
- Jun 30 – Jul 5
- Jul 14 – 19
- Sep 1 – 6
- Sep 23 – 28
- Oct 13 – 18
- Oct 27 – Nov 1
Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates.