Italian Riviera Trek

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Italian Riviera Trek


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Spend 7 days trekking the Ligurian coast from Genoa to Sestri Levante

Walk along the Mediterranean Sea on this wonderful walk in Liguria.

Walk back in time as you encounter ancient sanctuaries and holy places atop the hills and vistas along your way.

Take a deep dive into nature as you wind along the stunning trail buried in the heart of Portofino’s regional park.

Enjoy charming promenades along the coast of Genoa and discover local markets and Ligurian culture.

Experience the wonder and majesty of the Mediterranean and the Italian Riviera as you embark upon this trek across the Ligurian coast from historic Genoa to Sestri Levante and the Gulf of Tigullio. Immerse yourself in nature as you walk the hidden byways of the Portofino regional park and let the stunning scenery restore you.

Lose yourself on forgotten paths through timeless hills and stop to marvel at the panoramas spread out below. Explore quaint promenades and villages steeped in history and step back in time as you discover hilltop sanctuaries and holy places. You’ll stay in beautiful hotels and boutique guesthouses where you’ll sample the local food and wine, connect with fascinating locals, and bring home an experience that will last a lifetime!

Italian Riviera Self-Guided Trek

Day 1 Arrive in Genoa

Upon arriving in historic Genoa, you’ll locate the beautiful Hotel Nuovo Nord. When you check-in you’ll receive an arrival packet containing a roadbook, maps, and descriptions of the upcoming hikes. After you settle in, come enjoy your first authentic Ligurian dinner in a quaint restaurant not far from your hotel. If you have any extra time, don’t miss out on the UNESCO world heritage site of the Via Garibaldi buildings!

Overnight Location
Hotel Nuovo Nord, Genoa

Day 2 Urban trek to Genova Nervi

Today is an easy hike to get you started! As you head toward the elegant suburb of Genova Nervi, you’ll pass through some of the most beautiful villas and gardens of the city. As you continue your urban trek, you’ll follow along a charming seaside promenade and then wend your way through the lovely village Genova Boccadasse. Upon arriving in Genova Nervi, be sure to check-out the beach and public gardens before checking into the Hotel Esperia for dinner.

Overnight Location
Hotel Esperia, Genova Nervi
4 hrs, 11 km, 95 m of elevation change

Day 3 Hike to Camogli

Follow the twisting footpaths from vista to vista as you make your way to see the Gulf of Paradise and the Portofino Promontory. You’ll explore rustic parts of the Italian countryside as you pass through small hamlets, olive orchards, and lush Mediterranean vegetation. Continue on through the gorgeous coastal towns of Bogliasco, Sori, and Recco, and don’t forget to check-out the famed cheese focaccia before you leave town! Finally, take in the views of the sea as you walk the coastal road to Camogli where you’ll be staying the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel La Camogliese, Camogli
6 hrs, 16.5 km, 820 m of elevation change

Day 4 Nature park trek to Rapallo

As you leave Camogli, you’ll stroll along the promenade, drinking in the sights and sounds of Italy. As you near the end of it a long staircase will carry you to the village of San Rocco for amazing views over the Gulf of Paradise. You’ll follow the path through shady wood and then shrubland until you lose yourself completely in nature as you trek the hidden byways of the Portofino regional park. You’ll finish the day walking the promenade to Santa Margherita Ligure and then Rapallo. If you get too tired, you can always catch a bus to your hotel for the night.

Overnight Location
Casa per Ferie Emiliani, Rapallo
6 hrs, 17 km, 600 m elevation change

Day 5 Climb to Madonna di Montallegro

This is the day you climb to heaven! Or at least to a famous sanctuary. The Sanctuary Madonna di Montallegro is 612 m above sea level and quite a beautiful climb. If it’s too much of a climb for you, you can always take the famous cable car instead. Once you finish at the sanctuary it’s off to Chiavari on a little-known track high above the Mediterranean on one side and against the steep slopes of the Apennine on the other. When you get into Chiavari don’t forget to visit the historical center before you check-in at the Hotel Monte Rosa.

Overnight Location
Hotel Monte Rosa, Chiavari
3-5 hrs, 14 km, 700 m elevation change

Day 6 Hike to the Gulf of Tigullio

Today’s adventure again starts you out with an urban trek through a town called Lavagna. Once through the town, you begin an ascent to the church Santa Giulia on the hilltop above. From there you can drink in the panoramic views of the Gulf of Tigullio before resuming your journey with the descent into the promenade of Sestri Levante. After you explore the town center and the promenade, you’ll begin the final and most beautiful leg of the trail. Wind your way up the path to Punta Manara and pause at the promontory for an incredible clifftop panorama. As you leave the vista behind, you’ll have about 1 hour left before you reach the town of Sestri Levante and your final destination: the charming guesthouse Pergola dei Paggi for a delicious home-cooked meal.

Overnight Location
Pergola dei Paggi, Sestri Levante
6 hrs, 15 km, 550 m elevation change
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 Description

After you breakfast and check-out the tour is finished. Like all good things, it must come to an end… or must it? Perhaps you’d like to pair this tour with our self-guided Cinque Terre Self-Guided Pilgrimage from Sestri Levante to Portovenere and continue right down the Ligurian Coastline!

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Italian Riviera Self-Guided Walk Dates and Prices

This self-guided walking tour in Italy is run as a private tour for your group only and the price depends on the time of the year.

The prices below are per person:

  • Price per person staying in a single room: from $1,725USD*
  • Price per person sharing a double/twin room: from $995USD*

* - Pricing for this tour depends on the dates of your trip. Please click the Book Now button below to get the exact pricing for your trip dates.

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Accommodation on the Italian Riviera Trek

This tour is based in Hotels and boutique guesthouses.

Hotels on this trip are 2 and 3-star hotels and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. Rooms may have fireplaces or access to amenities such as hot tubs, steam rooms, or private decks to lounge on. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travelers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel (please check Dates and Prices to find the pricing).

Hotel Nuovo Nord

Nestled right in the midst of old-town Genoa, the ancient structure has been well maintained. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, mini-bar, refrigerator.

Hotel Esperia

A comfortable, family-friendly place, close to nearby attractions. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, bar/lounge, soundproof rooms, private balcony.

Hotel La Camogliese

Tucked away in the stunning Paradise Gulf in a quaint seaside village. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, bicycles, beach, massages, private balcony, mini-bar.

Casa per Ferie Emiliani (modest guesthouse)

This guesthouse is located within a monastery operated by the Provincia Ligure of the Padri Somaschi. It has well-presented modern facilities in a grand Ligurian seaside villa.

Hotel Monte Rosa

A luxurious, family-run hotel steeped in history and only minutes from the promenade. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, bicycles, business center, room service, mini bar.

La Pergola dei Paggi (Guesthouse)

This is a small, family-run B&B. Enjoy small but comfortable accommodations and delicious home-cooked meals in a friendly atmosphere. Free Wi-Fi.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Italian Riviera Self-Guided Trekking tour?


6 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.


Accommodations for 6 nights in guesthouses or 2/3-star hotels as described or similar in a double-occupancy room with a private bathroom.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation for your luggage from one accommodation to the next is included.

Also Included

  • Maps, roadbook, and descriptions of the hikes.
  • Emergency assistance by the phone during the office hours (until 6 pm, except Sundays)

Not included

  • Entrance Fees
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • City Taxes (if applicable). Not more than $25USD per person, per day.
  • Breakfast on Day 1, lunches
  • Any additional services not specifically mentioned under “included”

Frequenty Asked Questions about Italian Riviera Trek

How difficult is the Ligurian Coast Self-Guided Trek from Genoa to Sestri Levante?

We rate this tour difficulty as a 3 / 5. A minimum of 11 km and a maximum of 17 km will need to be covered each day. Should you get tired, some paths have shorter/alternate routes or where a train or shuttle can be taken instead. Check your roadbook for specific details.

What are the best times of year to explore the Ligurian Coast?

The climate is usually warm and dry and doesn’t rain often. Since there is a lot of hiking on this tour, you may prefer to avoid the warmer weather of summer and visit during the spring or fall since it doesn’t rain too often.

What equipment should I bring?

You will need good hiking footwear and comfortable clothing (preferably in layers so you can peel one off as you warm up). We also recommend a daypack, sunscreen, and a hat. Depending on the time of year, you may want a waterproof jacket/pants just in case.

Do I need a Visa to travel to Italy?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included?

6 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

Is the tour information (maps, descriptions, etc) in English?

Yes, the roadbook, maps, and descriptions are in English.

Where does the tour end?

The tour ends in Sestri Levante.

Do I need vaccines?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for this country?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.


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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour difficulty as a 3 / 5. A minimum of 11 km and a maximum of 17 km will need to be covered each day. Should you get tired, some paths have shorter/alternate routes or where a train or shuttle can be taken instead. Check your roadbook for specific details.

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