Tuesday, 11 June 2013

By popular demand, two new dates for Cinque Terre, Italy in October!

Walking in Cinque Terre with Stefano Spinetti: 12th October
Painting in Cinque Terre with Brian Steventon: 12th October

Holidays to Cinque Terre have sold like hot cakes this year, so by popular demand we have added two new dates with two very popular guides! It’s no surprise – it’s one of our most romantic destinations, perched on the cliff edge are the five picturesque villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, high above the clear blue sea below. There are only a few roads, no cars or motorbikes, only trains to take you along the pretty coastal train track – it will take your breath away. Cheese, olive oil and wine tasting is not to be missed, or a train journey to Portofino perhaps? End the day with a cooling dip in the pool and some local Sciacchetrà wine. How tempting….
A giant sculpture of King Neptune in Monterosso



Hidden pathways and stunning views across the azure sea!

Fancy a leisurely ramble with our very own Italian climber Stefano Spinetti? He is an experienced and truly wonderful guide, his knowledge of history, flora, fauna and the delightful villages of the Cinque Terre is almost encyclopedic!  He has visited this region for years and you will get a real insight into the beauty and culture of this UNESCO Heritage site, he has even been known to recite poetry to weary walkers! Be prepared for a week of fun and camaraderie, evenings spent chatting and enjoying delicious pasta and wines, re-fuelling from a good days walking.

Walking grade 3+
Painting ‘en plein air’ on the Italian Ligurian coast – wonderful!

Cinque Terre has been inspiring artists and poets for centuries, and it continues to be a very popular destination for our painters. Brian Steventons trip, preceeding yours, is already sold out, so be quick to secure your place! He is a fabulous tutor with a relaxed and informal style, lots of fun and very informative, giving regular demonstrations on techniques. He will be in ‘full flow’ having taught a trip the week before and will be ready for your arrival! Pack vermillion, magenta and ochre in your hand luggage, although Brian will ring you before the trip to advise you on equipment, and the week ahead. We will provide boards and chairs for sketching and longer sittings.

Beautiful Riomaggiore