This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Italy walking holiday, Cinque Terre
The Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. It is in the Liguria re-gion of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia. "The Five Lands" is composed of five vil-lages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walking through the National Park, you will discover the coastline as well as the backcountry: villages that cling to the cliffs, tiny sandy beaches and sandy coves as well as terraced fields and extensive woodlands.
Over the centuries, people have carefully built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. Part of its charm is the lack of visible corporate devel-opment. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, and cars cannot reach them from the out-side.
Our company wants a form of development, organization or tourist activity which respects and conserves the environment and the local population, in the long term, and makes a positive and equitable contribution to the economic development and also works with the local producers. We avail of a Travellers Code of Conduct and all our documents are printed on recycled paper. Our staffs also follow an Environmental policy (e.g: only using hard copies when necessary or switching off the lights where the areas are not in used.)
Last but not least, as hikers by passion, we have a strong ethic about respecting the places we go to and their environment, either for business or personally (e.g: not leaving any rubbish behind us during a day walk or using reusable water containers), and we encourage our guests to act responsibly while traveling and to respect the green landscapes and the farming products.
This interest in the scenic qualities of the Cinque terre encouraged efforts to preserve the heritage of the landscape, in the form of its towns, its rural structure, it nature and gastronomy.
We are on a permanent quest, with the help of our capable ground staff, for the best itinerary, the most beautiful viewpoint and the richest experience of nature. Our itineraries are organised by professionals and experienced certified guides. With our walking holidays, the level of difficulty and approximate timings are assessed on a real time basis, based on an average walker. Whatever holiday you choose, your comfort is of the utmost importance to us; we carefully select the best accommodation, the most delicious meals and a plan to help you get the most from your holiday. We are committed to work with local hotels and restaurants only. Actually, we personally know each person we deal with as we go on ground to tailor make these holidays for you. As we work with local and family run hotels and guesthouses, you will also get a chance to interact with local people, most of them being from the region for generations and keen to share information about their land.
Given its location on the Mediterranean, seafood is plentiful in the local cuisine. Anchovies of Monterosso are a local specialty designated with a Protected Designation of Origin status from the European Union. The mountainsides of the Cinque Terre are heavily terraced and are used to cultivate grapes and olives. This area, and the region of Liguria, as a whole, is known for pesto — a sauce made from basil leaves, garlic, salt, olive oil, pine nuts and pecorino cheese. Focaccia is a particularly common locally baked bread product. Farinata is also a typical snack found in bakeries and pizzerias- essentially it is a savoury and crunchy pancake made from a base of chick-pea flour. The town of Corniglia is particularly popular for "miele di Corniglia," gelato, made from local honey. The grapes of the Cinque Terre are used to produce two locally made wines. The eponymous Cinque Terre and the Sciachetrà are both made using Bosco, Albarola, and Vermentino grapes. Both wines are produced by the Cooperative Agricoltura di Cinque Terre, located be-tween Manarola and Volastra In addition to wines, other popular local drinks include grappa, a brandy made with the pomace left from winemaking, and limoncello, a sweet liqueur fla-vored with lemons.
We are committed to work with local hotels and restaurants only. Actually, we personally know each person we deal with as we go on ground to tailor make these holidays for you.
Every day, your luggage will be brought from hotel to hotel by our local transporter, who knows the area better than anybody else and will ensure your bags are transferred in a professional and timely manner. By dealing directly with local professionals, we also ensure them maximum benefits
Nevertheless, it is essential to sensibilize the tourists at the environment protection. So, some themes are developed for the ecotourism as the education and environmental awareness, accommodation, the protection of the exceptional sites, the mobility and accessiblity (electric cars), the green energy or the organic farming.