ADVENTURE - Land

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CINQUE TERRE BOAT TOUR

Immerse yourself in the scents, colours and lyric of the outstanding Cinque Terre villages, joining a bout tour with your expert local guide Martina!
The unique ‘Five Lands’, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso, are nestled like precious gems on the cliffs of Italian Riviera di Levante, just south of Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure. Until the second half of ninteeth century, you could reach these five pictoresque hamlets, chracterized by pastle coloured tower-houses, only through mule tracks and via sea. If you do not wish to enjoy an eight hours hicking trip, the best way to discover them it is by joining a boat/walking tour, which can start from either La Spezia, Monterosso or Riomaggiore and led you to visit four of the five hamlets (Corniglia is located 300 feet above the sea level). Refreshed by a gentle breeze while sailing and captured by Your Personal Guide Martina’s warm personality on the shore, you will learn the local history, legends, traditions, and all the secrets of Ligurian cousine. Last but not least, you will have the opportunity to meet up with native people who will make you fell at home, while sharing their stories and offering you their specialities or craftsmanship! A truly authentic local experience! You will not regret it! Duration: 8 hours; available between middle of April until end of October if the weather is good Note: If you prefer, Martina will be happy to book in advance a private boat for you.

SHORE EXCURSION TO PISA AND LUCCA FROM THE PORT OF LIVORNO / LA SPEZIA

How to make the most of your time in Tuscany in one day, while cruising along Tuscany/Liguria coastline? Join an excursion lead by Martina, an expert local tour guide, who will customize the most suitable itinerary for you.

Whether your ship docks at the port of Livorno or at the port of La Spezia, Martina will be happy to hire a minivan with professional driver + A/C and pick you up at the dock.

From then on you will enjoy an amazing day trip to Pisa and Lucca.

Having a personal guide who knows these two Tuscan gems in details, you  will be able to not only appreciate must see attractions, like the world famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and the imposing Renaissance Walls of Lucca, but also their hidden treasures which make these two Italian cities unique!

First, You will stop in Pisa, where Martina attended University and has lived for more than fifteenth years.

Martina will happily introduce you to the square of the Duomo (‘also known as the ‘Field of miracles’) through the ‘Porta Nuova’ which let you get an amazing view of the Leaning Tower, the Cathedral, the Baptistery and Campo Santo of Pisa, all at one glance!

You will then enjoy a delightful 2.5 h stroll and take photos of/with the Leaning Tower (you will arrange with Martina which buildings you wish to visit inside).

Lunch time: according to the time at disposal, you will have a light lunch either in Pisa or Lucca: Martina will bring you to a nice family run ‘Osteria’ where you can have a taste of the local cousine!

Then, you will head to the charming walled city of Lucca. Martina will make you to discover its highlights, like the Duomo of St. Martin, the Guinigi Tower with its unique top roof garden (it is possible to climb it), the beautiful Roman Anphitheatre Square, some of its one-hundred churches, like the beautiful St. Michael and Saint Frediano’s, the famous composer Giacomo Puccini’s house/museum and, as already mentioned, the tree lined renaissance walls which you can walk/cycle on top.

Last but not least, Lucca is the perfect place where to do some shopping (especially leather shoes/bags, ceramics and silk garments)!

It will be a truly memorable day!

CINQUE TERRE HICKING TOUR: SEA BREEZE, OLIVE GROVES, VINEYARDS AND DRY STONE WALLS

An amazing hike up and down a a slender strip of land between the mountains and the sea: indulge yourself in the Mediterranean bush, gentle breezes, scent of lemons and breathtaking view points which characterized the National Natural Park of Cinque Terre.
Hiking along the mule tracks built up by native people to connect the five pictoresque hamlets of Cinque Terre, you will make an authentic local experience!
 

Guided by your expert local guide Martina, you will start your adventure from Corniglia, located 300 feet above the sea level, though still keeping its little old ‘Marina’, which you can reach through a stip stear.

You will explor its historic centre where you will visit the beautiful genoese Gothic Church of St. Peter and Paul, see the remains of the fortress and walk to a terrific panoramic terrace on the sea.

 

Then, you will start your delightful hike to Vernazza (it takes 1,30 h): this mule track has been recently restored and you do come across with a few steep points, while surrounded by a charming nature, which has been a challenge for the native people from the past to date.

Missing land to grow vines, olive trees, vegetables, and fruits trees, they created terraced gardens, hold by dry stone walls built also with the help of women and children, along the steep cliffs which characterized the Riviera di Levante.

Arrived in Vernazza, you will have a delicious light lunch while sitting on the shaded terrace of a medieval tower, which was part of the fortress built up by Genoese people when they got the control of the Tirrenian coast during  XIII century.

From your restaurant you will notice the church that like a little boat it is standing on rocks by the shore: it the church of St Margaret of Antiochia with its ‘oriental style dome’, which construction is related to a fascinanting story. You will love the intimate and authentic atmoshere which you get when you go inside!

At this point, a gelato stop at Martina’s favorite ice-cream shop, it is a must!
Happily refreshed, you will start your hike to reach Monterosso, the northermost of the ‘Cinque Terre’ (it takes 2 h).

Monterosso is diveded into two art by a promontory: the old village with lovely artisanal shops, the Franciscan Monastery and the remains of a medieval Genoese fortress, which you will come across and discover first; and the ‘Fegina’, a residential area which developped in the second half of XIX century, characterized by a beautiful promanade: there you will end up an unforgettable day tour with Martina!

 

Notes:
1) At present the trails along ‘Sentiero Azzurro’ and connecting Rio Maggiore to Manarola (‘Love Path’) and Manarola to Corniglia are closed due to landslides and safety reasons.

 2) you will reach Corniglia from La Spezia and La Spezia from Monterosso by train

TRUFFLE HUNTING IN TUSCANY WOODS

Seeking ‘the diamond of the Earth’ amid spectacular scenery!
If you are a nature lover and you like slow travel experiences, this is the perfect tour for you!
You will meet humble but generous locals, take part in an authentic truffle hunt and enjoy a fresh truffle tasting, whilst discovering a very ancient tradition.
 

Join Martina for the ultimate experience in the heart of the Tuscan countryside.
She will introduce you to an exceptional team, comprising a dog and two expert truffle hunters (a father and a son team), who will introduce you to the world of the ‘diamond of the earth’, the white truffle!

You will venture into the wooded hills surrounding the ancient hilltop village of San Miniato al Tedesco, located halfway between Pisa and Florence.  This is where, in 1956, the biggest truffle in the world was discovered.
 
Truffle hunting is a very exciting experience and you will see that the dog plays the most important role! Everything has to be done, however, in respect of nature!
The chance of coming across even a very small truffle it is very high when you are following in the footsteps of expert truffle hunters and their dog!

Following the hunt, you will reach the truffle hunter’s house and enjoy a tasting of fresh truffle snacks made by the truffle hunter’s sister.

This is a truly wonderful and enlightening experience which you can enjoy at any time of the year. As well as the most famous and expensive white truffle (usually available only between mid October and end of December), it is possible to find different kinds of black truffles, which in Martina’s opinion, are just as good as the ‘King of truffles’.
 
What are you still waiting for?! Book this day tour with Martina and you will enjoy the experience of a lifetime!
 
Itinerary:
  • Meet Martina either in Pisa or at San Miniato train station*
  • Martina will introduce you to the truffle hunter’s family
  • Walk in the woods (it lasts 1.5 hours)
  • Tasting of fresh truffle snacks at the truffle hunters’ house

*Martina is not a professional driver. She can accompany you in your car, or arrange private transportation for you. Feel free to contact her!

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