One Day in the Italian Riviera
Cinque Terre • Portofino • Genova • Alassio • Sanremo
The Italian Riviera is a great arc of olive-green hills that curves around the northwestern coastline of Italy from Tuscany to France. It has a spectacular and famed coastline, with places like Portofino and the Cinque Terre the most prized of its many fishing villages, pitched atop steep hills that cascade to the sea.
Everyone who travels to the Italian Riviera stays by or near to the sea, because its golden sand beaches are so welcoming, the water is so inviting and the colorful lanes of bistros and boutiques are so enticing. For those who venture into the narrow valleys behind those beaches, along the winding gullies and over long-fingered ridges that splice the land into ribbons, another Liguria awaits. For here are the hill-towns and mountain villages, hidden among olive groves and resplendent in tumbling bougainvillea, the fresh ripple of a stream beside them and lazy smoke coming from the chimneys of country taverns.
One Days Tours in the Italian Riviera
These day photo tour is as much about stopping to photograph the natural scenery and local life as it is to see the places mentioned. You will learn and practice several photographic techniques: composition, street photography, unusual angles, portraits, film/shutter/aperture combinations, depth of field, using light and many others. Photo skills will be reviewed "as-you-go".
The tour can be on any day of the week, depending on availability. Pick up time is from 7:00am to 7:30am. Lunch is from 12:30 to 14:30 (time to relax, review photos and let the sun pass overhead). Drop off is from about 7pm onwards, depending on the light, on traffic or on what we all feel. Remember that the final itinerary can always vary on the day, thanks to weather conditions, traffic, time of day, interesting events or any mix of the four.
One Day Tour in the Riviera di Levante
This one day tour lets you see and learn about beautiful places in the Riviera di Levante, which is the eastern side of the Italian Riviera, running from the border with Tuscany to Genova, and including the spectacular Cinque Terre and Portofino.
The tour begins in Genova, going inland to the hill towns of Crocefieschi, Savignone and Vobbia, returning through Ceranesi to then spend the late afternoon and early evening in the beautiful fishing town of Camogli.
The tour begins in Rapallo, to get to Portofino and, if possible, to San Fruttuoso, then inland to Carasco, Ne and the Gamaba Tesa mine before spending the late afternoon and early evening evening in Sestri Levante.
The tour begins in La Spezia, going inland to Pignone and Brugnato before turning back to the coast to drop in on one or two of the Cinque Terre, before finishing the late afternoon and early evening in romantic Portovenere.
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One Day Tour in the Riviera del Ponente
This one day tour lets you see and learn about beautiful places in the Riviera del Ponente, which is the western side of the Italian Riviera, running from Genova to the border with France and Monaco, including the lovely Alassio and fabulous hill towns that cling to their rocky crags.
The tour begins in Sanremo, we go inland to the hill towns behind Bordighera, including Dolceacqua, Pigna, Apricale and Seborga. After lunch we travel the valley behind Sanremo to visit places like Bussana and Lucinasco, spending the late afternoon in Imperia and the early evening in Sanremo.
The tour begins in Albenga, we head inland to the villages of Castelvecchio, Castelbianco and Zucarrello, then back to Albenga and Alassio before finishing in romantic Cervo, overlooking the sea.
The tour begins in Savona, we go deep inland to Sasello, Cairo Montenotte and Melliesimo, returning to the coast for lunch. In the afternoon, visits to the villages of Bergeggi and Finalborgo before finishing in Noli.
One Day Tour in Genova
Genova, capital city of the Italian region of Liguria, clambers up over hills and dives down into steep valleys that curl around its great harbor. Here merchants learned to build their wealth and success by trading throughout the Mediterranean and beyond, all the way to England and Russia. One of the most memorable things to do in Genova is to walk out onto a terrace or balcony in the early morning, just as the sun is rising to your left, its pale golden light shimmering across the pastel sky and making a silver carpet of the placid sea that stretches out from the town into the far horizon.
The tour begins in Piazza Ferrari. Weather permitting, the first part of the morning will be out of Genova, to visit the The hill forts of Sperone, Diamante and Buin, then coming back down the steep hills to see a lovely panorama from the Castello d'Albertis. A stroll down Via XX Settembre to capture Genova’s elegant arches, then turn back to the house of Columbus, the Porta Soprana and a walk along the walls.
After lunch we do a walk-about tour of Genova's historic center: the sottoripa and the carrugi, the towered gates and cathedrals, the palaces along the Via Aurea, then heading up to the Palazzo Ducale and Piazza Ferrari. We finish with another walk-about down to the sea, with its harbor and its bastions, the open market, a wonderful pirate ship, and the famous Lanterna.
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