View of Saracens Bay, Liguria, Italy
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Hike the Coastal Trails of the Italian Riviera

5 nights

Enjoy idyllic hikes and divine food in the western Italian Riviera – with all of the charm of the Cinque Terre, but without the big crowds

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with experienced, English-speaking local guides


5 nights in a family-run hotel


All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners. Plus a wine tasting and a pesto-making class


Train transfers from Milan Central Station, and all train tickets during the trip

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 14 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people

excluding flights

What's it like?

View of Saracens Bay, Liguria, Italy
The colourful village of Varigotti built directly on the beach on the Italian Riviera
Hiking coastal trails in Finale Ligure, Italy
View of the sea and beach in Finale Ligure, Capo Castelletto, Italy.
Hiker along the Ligurian trails, with a view of Bay of Saraceni. Liguria, Italy
Varigotti Beach on the Italian Riviera at sunset.
Anello delle Grotte, Finalborgo, Italy
Borgio verezzi village, Italy

Hike top-notch Mediterranean coastal paths through olive groves and maritime forests, cooling off in the clear waters of the Italian Riviera

Experience the Italian dolce vita as you explore colourful villages steeped in history and charm, away from the crowds

Settle into classic Italian trattorias for memorable feasts, sample some of the best Ligurian wines and learn the secrets of the iconic pesto recipe

Slow down and enjoy the view as you travel by train to reach the trailheads, the more sustainable option

Key Information

Day 1

To Finale Ligure, a quite corner of the Italian Riviera

View of Finale Ligure Bay, Italy.

Meet your guide at Milano Centrale train station, then transfer by train as a group to Finale Ligure, an enchanting small coastal town nestled along the quieter, western side of the Italian Riviera. Overlooking the blue Ligurian Sea and surrounded by limestone mountains, towering cliffs and colourful hamlets, it's considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy – but despite this, Finale remains relatively unknown to international tourists. As a result, it feels far more authentic and is much less crowded than the neighbouring Cinque Terre (located on the Eastern Riviera). After checking in to your lovely family-run hotel, head out for a wander among the ancient houses and porticoes, or along the picturesque seafront. Dinner tonight will be in a typical restaurant in the historic town centre, where you'll be introduced to the tasty, fresh regional cuisine. Buon appetito!

Day 2

The villages trail: from Borgio Verezzi to Finalborgo

Elevated view of the medieval village of Borgio Verezzi with the sea in the background in spring, Savona, Liguria, Italy


3hrs · 9km · 300m up · 300m down

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then hop on a train for the brief ride to Borgio, the starting point of today's relatively short but rewarding hike. Make your way uphill via ancient mule tracks to reach the hillside village of Verezzi, which has a beautiful panorama opening out over the gulf and views that reach as far as the French Riviera, on a clear day. Next, descend into the maritime oak forest that lines the seashore and into Finalborgo, an ancient fortified town with beautiful frescoed buildings and traditional cafes. Here, you can enjoy a late lunch or perhaps some Italian gelato. You're free to walk back to your hotel down on the marina whenever you wish – there's time to grab a cool swim, if you fancy it. Late afternoon, you'll enjoy a wine-tasting experience, followed by a pizza night with your group.

Day 3

Mediterranean coastal views along the Pilgrim's Path

View from the Bandits Cove along the Pilgrim's path, Liguria, Italy


4-5hrs · 12km · 650m up · 650m down

This morning you'll hop on the local bus for a short ride to Varigotti, the start point of the beautiful Pilgrim's Path. Climb gently through a centuries-old olive grove and the surrounding Mediterranean scrub, reaching a stunning viewpoint overlooking the stunning blue Saracens Bay below. Next, continue to the impressive site of Grotta dei Briganti (Bandits Cove), a natural hole carved into the imposing cliff resembling an open window over the Mediterranean. Follow a shady path that weaves through maritime pine forest – punctuated by more stunning viewpoints – until you reach Noli, one of the best-preserved medieval villages in all of Liguria. In the afternoon, climb up the hillsides above the promontory for more grand views and a picnic along the trail, then descend back to sea level for an optional swim. Later, transfer by bus back to Finale Ligure (about a 20-minute journey) where you can enjoy a dinner out in town with your fellow travellers.

Day 4

Cliffs, Roman bridges and proper pesto in the Ponci Valley

Cave along the Anello Val Ponci e Manie, Liguria, Italy


4hs · 13km · 400m up · 400m down

Enjoy breakfast then set off on foot directly from the hotel, following ancient mule tracks which were historically used to transport raw materials and products from mountain villages to the sea. Your destination today is the splendid Ponci Valley, which is crossed by an ancient Roman road and home to caves dating back to prehistoric times, rocky pinnacles and old peasant villages that are still inhabited. You'll stop for lunch at a local farm which offers an authentic, farm-to-table gastronomic experience. You'll also have a workshop to learn how to make pesto, the quintessential Ligurian dish which is famous throughout the world. Back in Finale Ligure, the evening is yours to explore the town as you wish.

Day 5

Step back into Roman times along the Via Julia Augusta

Hiking coastal trails in Finale Ligure, Italy


5hrs · 17km · 600m up · 600m down

Your final hike will start from Albenga, which you'll reach via a short train ride. Start by ascending to the top of Monte Brignone (520m) surrounded by the Mediterranean shrubland, with beautiful views of the coastal towns and surrounding mountains. Enjoy a break for lunch and follow the ancient Via Julia Augusta back to Albenga. This original Roman road follows the coastline, passing by a Roman amphitheatre and the remains of a necropolis dating back to the first century. The intense blue of the sea will be in sight along the route, and you can look out for the island of Gallinara; these postcard-worthy views make the perfect end your Italian hiking adventure. Tonight, you'll toast the end of your trip over a traditional Lugurian meal in town. Buon appetito!

Day 6

Arrivederci Italia!

Orange sunset over the Ligurian Sea with wisteria in the foreground, Italy

After breakfast, you'll transfer back to Milano Centrale station by train, usually arriving early afternoon. If you don't fancy leaving just yet, you can choose to extend your trip with a few days in the neighbouring Cinque Terre area, easily reachable by train.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share




Day 2 – Day 3

Hotel · Twin share




Day 4

Hotel · Twin share




Day 5

Hotel · Twin share




Day 6




What is the food like?

Trofie al pesto, a typical dish of the Liguria region in Italy.

The region of Liguria is truly a foodie's paradise, with iconic dishes that are famous around the world originating from this small, yet bountiful, part of Italy. The mild Mediterranean climate creates ideal conditions for growing olives, fresh vegetables, herbs (especially basil), grapes and more. Some of Italy’s best olive oil grows on Liguria's steep slopes facing the sea, and it's used in staple regional dishes such pesto alla genovese (a mix of basil leaves, Ligurian olive oil, parmesan, pine nuts and garlic) and focaccia (Ligurian flat bread made with fine olive oil and sometimes a bit of rosemary and some coarse salt). As you’d expect, there’s also plenty of fresh seafood along the Italian Riviera, with lots of typical antipasti such as polpo con patate (octopus with potatoes drizzled in that fine olive oil). During the course of the trip, you'll have a few evening meals included in typical trattorias in town. You'll also be able to learn how to make authentic pesto during a workshop, and to sample some of the region's best wines such as white Pigato and Vermentino, during the wine tasting session. Lunches are usually not included but your guide can help to arrange some tasty picnics, with fresh local produce you can buy from bakeries and delis.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for – please just request this on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

Deutsche Familien Hotel
Finale Ligure

Your base for the duration of the trip is a small, locally-run hotel in Finale Ligure, overlooking the Ligurian Sea. You'll usually stay at the Hotel Deutsche Familien, a simple but cosy property which feels like a home away from home: it's been managed by the same family since 1974. There is a large, lush garden surrounding the hotel as well as some spacious sea-view terraces where you can relax and socialise with your group. Occasionally (dependent on availability) you may stay at an alternative family-run property of similar standards. Accommodation will be in ensuite, twin-share rooms, some of which have sea-view balconies, equipped with a cooling fan, TV, phone and free WiFi connection. The centre of Finale Ligure, with its lively main piazza, beautiful beach and promenade, is within walking distance.


For solo travellers looking for their own space, a private room can be booked for an extra charge – see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (please note that availability is limited due to the size of the accommodation used on the trip).

This trip has been rated as Moderate

Anyone with a reasonable fitness level and able to hike for 3-5 hours each day will be fine on this trip. You'll start the week with some shorter and gentler hikes, which will increase in difficulty as the trip progresses. The elevation gain is easy to moderate, up to 500m up and down each day, with the occasional short, steep ascent and undulating routes which will get the heart pumping at times. However, the going is leisurely with plenty of stops to enjoy the views. The terrain and path type will vary from paved tracks to forest trails and dirt roads. Some trails will be rocky and with some loose gravel, requiring good balance and stable footing. Some prior hiking experience is recommended to enjoy the itinerary to the fullest.

What if i need to skip an activity?

As the trip is based in a single hotel throughout the itinerary, you are free to opt out from any of the hikes if you prefer. There is also the option of hiking only parts of the trails and return independently by public transport to your base if you wish. Please speak to your guide if you decide to skip any of the included activities.

What will I need to carry?

You will have access to your larger bag with all your belongings each day, which will stay at the hotel. You'll also need a small 20-30L rucksack to carry personal items during each day of hiking. If you decide to join the group transfer by train to/from the start point of the trip, you'll need to carry your luggage through the train stations so we recommend packing light to make it easier and more comfortable. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are likely to encounter to reach the hotel.

The Italian Riviera is well known for its mild climate all year round, mainly due to the favourable location within the gulf stream and mountainous regions. With 300 sunny days per year it is one of the sunniest regions in Italy, making it a suitable hiking destination even in the shoulder season between March-April and October-November. The months between May and September have overall less chance of rain and much warmer temperatures. October can be equally as pleasant with people still swimming in the seas on a warm day. Of course adverse wind, sea or rain conditions can be unpredictable with some disruptions possible at any time of the year. The best you can do is to be prepared for anything and come equipped with layers of clothing, sunscreen and waterproofs.

The Area




Milan Central Station

14:00 on Day 1


Milan Central Station

13:00 on Day 6


If arriving into Milan on Day 1, your host will meet you at Milano Centrale train station, then you'll all travel together by train to Finale Ligure, your base for this adventure in the Italian Riviera. From Milan Malpensa Airport, the Malpensa Express train can bring you quickly and efficiently into Milano Centrale – the journey time is around 35 minutes, and it costs approximately €14 (one-way). The onward train journey from Milano Centrale to Finale Ligure will be arranged by your host and is included in the trip cost. The total travel time is approximately 2.5-3.5 hours and the train will be direct with no changes. We recommend booking a flight that lands no later than 11:30 if you wish to join this group transfer. Alternatively, you can make your own way by train later in the day.

On Day 6, your host will drop you back at Milano Centrale around 13:00. We recommend booking a flight departing no earlier than 17:00. If your flight departs late in the day, there is luggage storage at the station which allow you to spend some hours in Milan.

Travel options

There are regular direct flights to Milan Malpensa (MXP) from airports across the UK and Europe. Alternatively, you can consider flying into Nice, and travel by bus to Savona (three journeys daily; ticket approximately €12-20 one way; operated by Flixbus), then onwards to Finale Ligure by train (10-20 mins journey, €5-7 one way). For more information about alternative train connections from/to other parts of Italy, please visit the official Trenitalia website or contact your host.

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What do I need to bring?


  • Soft overnight duffel bag/rucksack or luggage with sturdy wheels, which you can easily lift up and down stairs
  • Daypack (20-30 litres)
  • Waterproof liner/drybags for rucksack


  • Light down jacket (for March, April and November departures)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Breathable wicking layers
  • Fleece jacket or similar
  • Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear and socks
  • Swimwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Sleepwear
  • Hiking boots or shoes (worn-in) with sturdy soles (no trainers)
  • Sandals


  • Washable plastic plate/box and cutlery for picnics
  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Ear plugs
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Reusable water bottle x1 litre (or x2)
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

This trip is brand new

We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 190kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

Overall, weather conditions should be pretty favourable in the months when this trip is scheduled to run, with plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures ranging from 16-28°C on average. However, as always, Mother Nature is unpredictable so the best you can do is to be prepared for anything and come equipped with sunscreen, a hat and waterproofs. Your host will be monitoring the weather conditions during the course of the trip and may suggest alternative, safer routes or activities should the weather get particularly bad, or change the order and timings of the hikes. During the months of March, April and November you should expect some cooler temperatures, especially in the evenings, so it's important to come prepared with layers.

Marta Marinelli, raised in Italy’s serene Prosecco Hills, dreamt of global adventures, inspired by her father's travel stories. Her passion evolved into a career, backed by a decade of studies including degrees in international tourism and destination management. She’s worked in the adventure travel sector since 2012, living in Italy, the UK, and now sunny Portugal.

Over twenty years, Marta has explored over 55 countries, visiting remote areas like Ghana, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Haiti and Nepal’s Upper Mustang region. As a Senior Adventure Expansion Manager at Much Better Adventures, she focuses on creating life-changing experiences, ranging from multi-activity adventures, challenging treks to ultimate adventures in iconic places. She loves the challenge of finding the best local adventure hosts around the world, collaborating on adventures that offer genuine immersion, pushing beyond the beaten path and working on exclusive itineraries that challenge your comfort zone.

What makes her tick? Enabling people to live adventure-rich lives while positively impacting and empowering local communities around the world, generating sustainable opportunities for both the host, guides, community, and the environment.

We recommend checking out the country specific information and also talking to a travel nurse.

The local tap water is safe to drink. Please bring along your own reusable water bottle to fill up at the hotels, public fountains and at restaurants to avoid buying single use plastic bottles.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion, but there is an expectation to tip for good service. Your guide will help with advice, however we suggest the below as a guideline:

  • €25-30 per person

Of course, you are free to tip more or less, and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality – a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

Overtourism is a growing phenomenon and one of the places in Europe where this is problematic is in the Cinque Terre, on Italy’s Eastern Ligurian coast. More than 2.5 million people visit this coastal area of Italy every year, attracted by the five famous, colourful, tiny villages and sublime coastal views. The majority are day-trippers or visit as part of a cruise excursion. The impact on the local communities is huge, creating issues such as overcrowding in the narrow streets and on local transport. Even travelling in the lower season or along the hiking trails doesn't provide much of an escape.

To avoid contributing to the issue, we've decided not to include the Cinque Terre area in our trip. Instead, you'll be based in a lesser-known but equally stunning part of the Italian Riviera, in the west. Despite being considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, Finale Ligure remains relatively unknown to foreign tourists and feels far more authentic and less crowded than the neighbouring Cinque Terre (located on the Eastern Riviera). Whilst it's impossible to guarantee a completely crowd-free experience, it's less likely you'll encounter as many hikers and tourists than in the Cinque Terre area. You'll be visiting lesser-known charming small villages, and will enjoy a more authentic experience and immersion in Italian culture.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

Our team of Adventure Hunters create exclusive adventures with highly vetted, specialist hosts. We only work with independent, local in-destination experts who know the very best places to explore and how to stay safe. Read more information about the local teams we partner with.

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