Join Lorenzo to experience and savour the flavours of an ancient land bursting with culture and tradition. Combine history with pleasure by retracing some of the old Roman roads and even the ancient salt routes. All this framed by the clear blue Mediterranean and the intensely green mountains to make your holiday truly unforgettable.....
"Having just enjoyed our fourth holiday in Liguria, we would like to pass on few comments about why we keep coming back. Lorenzo's passion for Ligurian culture, cuisine and flora and fauna adds so much to our enjoyment and his command of English means he can answer all our questions. Oh, and by the way, he is a qualified Botanist and one of Italy's most accomplished mountaineers.
If you really want to experience the best of Italian cuisine, Lorenzo will show you where the locals eat.
Overall, it is so relaxing when Lorenzo takes the responsibility of driving you, showing you the best of Liguria - and there is a lot to see - and arranging walks and visits to suit your personal needs." -
Merryn and Karen Robinson
Le Cinque Terre (The 5 Lands Trail)
Distance: 13.5 km | Time: 5 hours + | Difficulty: Moderate | Height gain: 220 m
This area of Liguria is by excellence one of the best in Italy for it's wonderful walks and not surprisingly very popular. In this area we have a wonderful choice of coastal and high level routes depending on the requirement of the party and almost anything can be customized to suit accordingly.
We begin with the classic "Sentiero Azzurro" or blue trail since it follows all along the sea from Riomaggiore, the first of the famous villages perched on the clifftops above the sea, to the fifth and last called Monterosso (hence the 5 lands). We begin in Riomaggiore in the quaint station square and walk on to the lovers trail (couples beware: many here have asked for marriage vows overwhelmed by the beauty of the landscape and the blue sea below) we walk it's entirety with the stunning views around. We then reach Manarola and cross through the pretty centre towards the direction of the cemetery
This walk is an absolute must for coastal path lovers and ideal if arriving to Genoa Airport where we will arrange to pick you up and drive the short distance away where we can stay in one of the local pensiones (bed and breakfast) on the coast. A wonderful way to start your exciting holiday in Liguria. Trips to the elegant resorts of world famous Portofino and S. Margherita Ligure nearby can of course be arranged at your request, with equally stunning walks in the regional Natural Park of Monte Portofino, to reach the stunning location of S.Fruttuoso. where we start a steep section and then level out for a nice walk to Corniglia amongst the scent of the local Mediterranean herbs.We descend on a series of long sections of steps to the village where a drink or ice cream is most welcome and then we carry on to Vernazza on a series of lovely bridges and stunning scenery. Here begins the most involved part of the route and the steepest, where care must be exercised on some of the narrow paths. We eventually reach Monterosso crossing through cultivated orchards and vineyards.
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Trekking in the Himalayas with a responsible and ethical approach to the landscape and its culture. We will show you on our scheduled hikes, areas where we have made a small contribution to improve the quality of life of the local people and their schools. A number of small Stupa buildings have also been created with local Sherpa assistance in the Valley of Thame; each one holds a board explaining the trails, custom, culture and wildlife-botany of the specific area in question.
La Mortola - Giardini Botanici Hanbury
The site is dramatic and the plant collection exotic. The garden was made by an English family (the Hanburys) and is best understood as a coastal woodland garden of a type which is common in the Cornwall. It is very popular with plant-loving gardeners. There are flights of steps, paths, pools, fountains and garden structures. The garden is managed by the University of Genoa.
The Olive Tree Museum in Imperia is the symbol of an area, Western Liguria, where olive trees are plentiful and have thrived for centuries; an area whose history and development has been closely shaped by olive tree cultivation and olive oil production