Parma, Tuscany and the Cinque Terre

Prosciutto and Parmesan, Pilgrims and Poets

This tour starts in Parma, the undisputed gastronomic capital of Emilia-Romagna, and home to some of Italy's most iconic gourmet specialities.  We also visit the Slow Food town of Borgotaro as it celebrates its annual porcini mushroom fair and tour a local parmesan cheese factory.  We hike one of the most beautiful sections of the ancient pilgrim route to Rome, known as the Via Francigena, and discover Tuscany's untouched Lunigiana region.  We continue towards the crystal clear waters of the blue Ligurian Sea  and the famous "Gulf of Poets" which was immortalised by Lord Byron and the Romantic poets.  The final day is free to explore the quaint coastal town of Lerici or take a boat trip across the bay to Portovenere and the charming villages of the Cinque Terre.

We start in Parma and finish in Pisa.  Parma is a wonderful city and we would always recommend a day or two to explore before the start of the tour.  Many people choose to extend their walking holiday in Italy by visiting Florence, Siena, Bologna, Rome or the Cinque Terre.   Full more ideas on where to go see our City Guide page.   For a brief outline of the history of Parma, see the Blog.

“Jackie is a wonderful guide, and her organisational skills, attention to detail, knowledge, professionalism and friendliness made it the best organised holiday we have ever been on. We can't recommend Hedonistic Hiking highly enough."  D.B, Sydney

Cost: €2,625 per person

Single supplement: €200

Our tours are genuinely all-inclusive - learn more about what we offer.

What's Included?

  • 7 nights beautiful accommodation (3 different hotels)
  • Two experienced and knowledgeable guides to look after your every need and bring this stunning area to life
  • All meals including wine.
  • Gourmet picnic lunches each day and snacks en route
  • Dinner in a variety of superb restaurants.
  • Support vehicle, enabling you to walk as little or as much of the trail as you please
  • Transport to/from Parma (start) and Pisa (end) in air-conditioned minibus
  • Comprehensive pre-trip information.
  • Luggage transported for you so all you need to carry is a small backpack with water etc.
  • Museum visits and tastings as per itinerary

Tour Highlights

  • Visit a parmesan cheese producer and learn what it takes to make a wheel of the famous cheese
  • Make tracks on one of the prettiest sections of the Via Francigena pilgrim trail, complete with medieval stone bridges
  • Lazy day on the coast with boat trip to Portovenere and the Cinque Terre

Walking/Terrain

Terrain: Hilly terrain with some long days interspersed with easier days. Paved pilgrim trails, woodland and farm tracks

Shortest/Longest Day: 5.4km/3.4miles: 20.5km/12.9miles

Some of our tours are more challenging than others, so see how we grade our hikes to make sure you choose the right one for you.

Accommodation

Borgo Casale: Boutique hotel nestled in the Romagnola hills, tastefully converted from a 15th century village

Costa d’Orsola Agriturismo: Cosy country hotel near Pontremoli with breathtaking views of the Apennines and Apuan Alps. Swimming pool

Locanda del Lido: Spectacular four star hotel situated on its own private beach in the lovely town of Lerici

Tour Dates

16 - 23 September 2016 22 - 29 September 2017
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