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The Quiet Side of the Italian Riviera

Beauty & drama along the Ligurian Coast
 
A fragrant oasis of chic Italian style and gourmet cuisine, Villa Edera in the charming seaside town of Moneglia, away from the Cinque Terre crowds, is the ideal base from which to enjoy thrilling, self-guided coastal walks and explore the alluring villages of the Ligurian Riviera.
The Quiet Side of the Italian Riviera. 7 nights
The Quiet Side of the Italian Riviera. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A single-centre walking holiday on the Ligurian Coast

Perfectly positioned between the unforgettable Cinque Terre and glamorous Portofino, the serene seaside town of Moneglia is fronted by a glorious Blue Flag beach and hemmed in on either side by fragrant, maquis-coated headlands. Out of sight of the coast, facing the hills that lie inland, yet only a five-minute stroll from the beach, is the stylishly avant-garde Villa Edera e La Torretta with its Michelin-starred restaurant (we include a wine-tasting accompanied by Ligurian tapas) and elegant swimming pool. Within a couple of minutes of the town’s railway station, Villa Edera is an ideal base for exploring this alluring stretch of the Italian Riviera.
From Genoa to La Spezia, combining the scenic railway that threads its way along the coastline with superb hillside and cliff-top walks, each day your exploration takes you to another striking location. Whether it’s following stone stairways that climb through ancient olive groves and extensive vineyards to lofty villages; wandering labyrinthine cobbled streets of tiny Cinque Terre villages whose pastel-faced buildings cling to craggy rocks above the sea like spectators jostling for the best view; or walking a section of the magnificent Sentiero Verde Azzurro path from Corniglia to Monterosso through some of the most magnificent scenery imaginable, on this Ligurian holiday the highlights just keep on coming. 
 
 
 

Walking & more

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights. There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of our suggested walking routes as the mood takes you.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 11 11 15 17 22 25 28 28 24 20 15 11
    mm 104 69 85 118 88 55 63 32 77 135 170 107
  • An introduction
    The Ligurian Riviera provides endless opportunity for exploration, and its inexpensive and frequent train, bus and boat services (pay locally in all instances) enable you to tailor routes as you wish. We supply notes for two walks close to your base, two within the Cinque Terre National Park (including the classic Sentiero Verde Azzurro), and three a little further afield and incorporating celebrated towns such as Portofino. We also provide notes for a walking tour in Genoa, capital of the region.
     
    Although our route distances are short (and can be further shortened by local transport), the terrain can be tough going at times and there are multiple ascents and descents.
  • Choice of routes: 8km to 11km

    Moneglia to Riva Trigoso: 10km, 4hrs; ascent 415m/descent 390m
    This first option ascends west from Moneglia via an ancient watchtower, to traverse the headlands with expansive views over the glittering Ligurian Sea, before descending into the village of Riva Trigoso with its long, wide beach. From here, catch the local bus (or walk the extra 7km) to Sestri Levante. Sited on a slim peninsula and blessed with two bays of golden beaches flanked by primrose- and pink-faced houses, an abundance of restaurants and cafés make this the perfect place for a late lunch, followed by an exploration of its carruggi (narrow streets) lined with colourful historic buildings and characteristic palazzi.  
     
    Moneglia to Framura: 11km, 4.5hrs; ascent 495m/descent 660m
    Following a local bus journey to a hillside hamlet, you strike out on foot, ascending wooded slopes before descending into Deiva Marina, a small fishing village with an old quarter and a modern seafront. Another ascent across hills coated with olive groves and holm oak is rewarded with views across the magnificent coastline. Your destination (from where you return by train) is a small commune called Framura which consists of five hamlets, each connected to the next by a series of stone steps. 
    Note: You can shorten this route by 4 kilometres by starting with a train ride to Deiva Marina and picking up the route from there.
     
    Levanto circular via Bonassola: 8km, 3.5hrs; ascent 380m/descent 365m
    Beginning from the elegant seaside resort of Levanto with its fine villas, Blue Flag beach and long promenade, this figure-of-eight walk takes you over the headland to the smaller, neighbouring village of Bonassola, which is set in a beautiful bay with crystal-clear waters, and bookended by two promontories. Continuing beyond the village, you loop round another headland, via a dramatic cliff-top shelf. The last leg of your figure of eight returns to Levanto along the former railway track which is now a pedestrian and cycle way. A series of lit tunnels are interspersed with dramatic viewpoints.
     
    Portofino Peninsula: 8km, 3.5hrs; ascent 535m/descent 465m
    Heading north along the coast, take the train to the handsome port of Camogli with its pretty harbour and its buildings known for their trompe l’oeil decorative effects. From here, you cross fragrant, terraced hillsides, resplendent with sea pines and olive trees, to reach the chic and glamorous town of Portofino. Explore the impossibly picturesque village and harbour and indulge in some people-watching.
    Moneglia to Riva Trigoso - Explore Sestri Levante
    Around Levanto
    Moneglia to Riva Trigoso
    Around Levanto
    Moneglia to Framura
    Portofino Peninsula
  • Choice of routes: 5.5km to 9km

    Cinque Terre – Manarola to Corniglia: 5.5km, 2.5hrs; ascent 370m/descent 295m
    This route starts in delightful Manarola in the Cinque Terre National Park, where pastel-coloured houses cluster onto the rocks. Heading into the hills, you ascend a stone stairway that takes you through olive groves and vines to reach the panoramic village of Volastra. Your route continues northwards across the vine-clad headland with views so vast, that on a clear day you can see Corsica. A steep descent brings you to the smallest of the five Cinque Terre towns and villages, Corniglia, set on a tiny cape above the coast, from where you catch the train back to Moneglia.
     
    Cinque Terre – Corniglia to Monterosso: 9km, 4hrs; ascent 480m/descent 495m
    This justifiably popular route begins in Corniglia, where you join the classic Sentiero Verde Azzurro path that hugs the rugged and dramatic, forest- and vineyard-covered slopes that connect the picture-postcard villages of the Cinque Terre, including the most picturesque of them all, Vernazza. Affording spectacular views across the coastline and back to Corniglia, the route provides multiple wow moments as it traverses sea cliffs to lead north-west to Monterosso. 
     
    The Gulf of Poets – Isola Palmaria & Portovenere: 7km, 3hrs; ascent 290m/descent 300m
    The largest of the three islands in La Spezia Archipelago, Palmaria features beautiful beaches lapped by crystal waters, and white cliffs punctuated by caves. After enjoying a circuit of the island, return to the mainland to explore Portovenere’s lively port area lined with slender, multi-storeyed, colourful buildings, and its labyrinthine streets peppered with artisanal shops, stone stairways and tiny passages.
    Manarola to Corniglia
    Gulf of Poets
    Manarola to Corniglia
    Gulf of Poets
    Corniglia to Monterosso
    Looking down on Vernazza
  • Explore Genoa
    To gain an even more rounded view of Liguria, you may wish to visit Genoa, the regional capital and historic port city. We'd recommend adding a stay in the city at the end of your holiday (see Extend Your Stay) to do it full justice and to have time to follow our self-guided walking tour, but it is also possible to take the train from Moneglia for a brief visit. Delve into its rich past as you explore the narrow alleyways, ancient churches and Renaissance-style palaces of the Old Town, and maybe pick up some of the city’s renowned pesto Genovese and freshly baked focaccia.
 

Accommodation

The epitome of Italian elegance, style and good living, the adults-only, boutique Villa Edera & La Torretta is your base for the entirety of this holiday. With so much glorious surrounding coastline to explore, you might need to book an extra night to ensure you don’t miss anything. Included in your stay is a wine-tasting session accompanied by Ligurian tapas.
Villa Edera & La Torretta

Bedrooms

 

Options to extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 April 2022 - 15 July 2022 & 01 September 2022 - 31 October 2022

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 30 Apr 2022 £860 £630
    1 - 20 May 2022 £945 £695
    21 May - 8 Jul 2022 £995 £765
    1 - 30 Sep 2022 £995 £765
    1 - 6 Oct 2022 £945 £695
    7 - 24 Oct 2022 £885 £645
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Villa Edera & La Torretta, Moneglia
    Large 'comfort': 01 Apr - 06 May 2022 £10
    Large 'comfort': 07 May - 15 Jul 2022 £6
    Large 'comfort': 01 Sep - 07 Oct 2022 £6
    Large 'comfort': 08 Oct - 31 Oct 2022 £10
    Superior: 01 Apr - 06 May 2022 £16
    Superior: 07 May - 15 Jul 2022 £12
    Superior: 01 Sep - 07 Oct 2022 £12
    Superior: 08 Oct - 31 Oct 2022 £16

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Villa Edera & La Torretta, Moneglia (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 06 May 2022 £98 £182
    07 May - 01 Jul 2022 £108 £200
    02 Jul - 15 Jul 2022 £116 £218
    01 Sep - 16 Sep 2022 £116 £218
    17 Sep - 07 Oct 2022 £108 £200
    08 Oct - 31 Oct 2022 £98 £182
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Genoa or Pisa

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly via an airport not listed below. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Pisa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Genoa (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Pisa jet2 
    Birmingham - Pisa (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Genoa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Bristol - Pisa easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Pisa Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Genoa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Edinburgh - Genoa (via Paris) Air France 
    Edinburgh - Pisa Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow Prestwick - Pisa Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Humberside - Pisa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Pisa Ryanair 
    Leeds Bradford - Pisa jet2 
    Leeds Bradford - Pisa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Pisa Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Genoa British Airways,  Vueling 
    Gatwick - Pisa British Airways,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Genoa (via Rome Fiumicino) Alitalia 
    Heathrow - Pisa British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Pisa easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Genoa Ryanair 
    Stansted - Pisa Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Genoa (via Paris) Air France 
    Manchester - Pisa easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Pisa jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Genoa (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Teesside International - Pisa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly via an airport not listed below. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above except those operated by Ryanair. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Genoa

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Genoa PP to Moneglia station (1h40), walk station to hotel (0h05) £9 1700
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    walk to station (0h05), rail Moneglia to Genoa PP (1h40) £9 1200

    Connecting travel options - flying via Pisa

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Pisa Centrale to Moneglia station (2h30), walk station to hotel (0h05) £20 1700
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    walk to station (0h05), rail Moneglia to Pisa Centrale (2h30) £20 1200
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 breakfasts
  • wine-tasting session with tapas
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • If your holiday plans go awry because of Coronavirus, rest assured that we’ll do right by you. Since the start of the pandemic, our flexible booking policy and prompt issuing of refunds to customers who prefer not to defer their holiday have earned us high praise in the national press.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – walking holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety, not least proving your vaccination status or taking a test in order to travel.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
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    Entry requirements for non-UK destinations & for re-entering the UK >
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from A to B, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines (but not, currently, with Ryanair). As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi and Lizzie to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to take out a policy with our recommended provider (if you live outside the UK you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Italy, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.

    At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.

    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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