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Riviera Cinque Terre

Explore the stunning Cinque Terre coastal region on a walking holiday. Grade 4 walkers enjoy scenic trails, quaint villages, and exceptional views, while Grade 6 walkers tackle challenging climbs. Both groups savour local culture, explore charming towns, and unwind by the sea.

  • Italy

  • 7 nights
  • Half Board
  • Landscape

    Coast & Islands

    Culture

  • May

    Sep

    Oct

  • Average group size: 12-14 per grade

Moderate Challenging

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Grade 4

Grade 6

This a Grade 4 and 6 walking holiday based in Sestri Levante on the Ligurian coast. It offers some outstanding walking at either grade taking in the best of the Cinque Terre paths and Portofino as highlights. We will walk past fields of vines, pine woods with classic sea views never far away.

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Thoughtfully designed, meticulously planned, carefully graded, and expertly guided walking tours and hiking holidays along well-loved and off-the-beaten-track footpaths.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore Cinque Terre footpath from Madonna di Soviore to Levanto's captivating beauty.
  • Discover Isola Palmaria with a scenic walk on this captivating offshore island.
  • Walk to hidden gems on elevated coastal routes with stunning expansive views.
  • Immerse in Cinque Terre's charm exploring cobblestone streets and winding alleyways.
  • Seize the chance for refreshing lunchtime swims by the coastal areas during your visit.

Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of Portofino and Cinque Terre. Picture yourself standing on the edge of rugged cliffs, gazing out at the vast expanse of the sea blending seamlessly with the sky. The sun's warm embrace, coupled with the serene dance of fishing boats on the bay, creates a sense of peacefulness that envelops you.

Portofino, a cherished haven for those seeking solace, invites you to explore its winding paths adorned with ancient olive trees and resilient scrub oak. While the terrain may present a challenge with its steep inclines, it rewards you with the bountiful treasures of pesto, olives, and grapes that characterize the region's cuisine. Cinque Terre, an epitome of Italian marvel, unveils a maze of pathways, each one accompanied by fragrant blossoms and the cool shade of olive groves.

During this enchanting journey, the five villages reveal their unique charm. Imagine wandering through narrow alleys adorned with brightly painted buildings, seemingly clinging to the cliffs, or standing on elevated viewpoints, admiring the villages from above. As the afternoon sun paints the waves with a golden hue, indulge in the finest gelato, savoring its sweetness amidst the natural splendor that surrounds you.

Let the serene trails, the gentle Mediterranean breeze, and the breathtaking vistas create cherished memories. Every step you take allows you to discover a new facet of beauty, immersing you deeper into the heart of the Italian paradise. Allow the charm of Portofino and Cinque Terre to become a cherished part of your travel experiences.


  • Return flights from London to Genoa or Pisa
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite three-star hotel accommodation on half board basis
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach/public bus/train
  • All entrances as noted in the itinerary
  • All local tips
  • Services of two Classic Tour Leaders
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

18410

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Riviera Cinque Terre

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Fly to Genoa or Pisa, then travel 90 mins to Sestri Levante along the scenic coast.

Upon your arrival, take the opportunity for an orientation walk to familiarize yourself with the surroundings.

Transfer Time = 1h 30m

Day 2

Sestri Levante

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500m

For Grade 4 walkers, begin with a town orientation in Sestri. Embark on a scenic circular walk, pausing at Punta Manara's breathtaking view. Descend through St. Bartholomew Church to Riva for lunch, then return via lighthouse steps and an inland route to Sestri. Conclude your day with a leisurely stroll along the harbor boulevard, savoring a creamy gelato.

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    625m

For Grade 6 walkers, hop on a train to Moneglia and walk back to Sestri Levante along the captivating coast. Enjoy a scenic lunch at picnic tables near Torre Saraceno, embracing the wild and remote landscape. Take a coffee break in Riva before returning to Sestri via Punta Manara. The view on the final descent is remarkable, just like the delightful gelato waiting at the end!

Day 3

Monterosso & Vernazza

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400m

For Grade 4 walkers, you will be taking the early train to Monterosso. Explore the charming, colourful traditional fishing village of Monterosso old town. Take a taxi minibus to Soviore Convent, where friendly nuns serve excellent and affordable coffees before your walk. Descend to the picturesque grounds of Madonna di Reggio church for lunch in the shade of ancient trees. Enjoy free time and drinks in Vernazza before taking the train back to Sestri.


  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    650m

For Grade 6 walkers, taking the train to Levanto offers stunning views of Cinque Terre over Monterosso and Vernazza. Starting your walk before 9 AM, you reach Punta Mesco by 11 AM. After descending to Monterosso old town for lunch and free time, you can explore the Cinque Terre Sentiero Azzurro path (if open). Arrive in Vernazza by mid-afternoon for exploration before catching the train back to Sestri. Enjoy a seamless and picturesque walking experience through this scenic coastal paradise.

Day 4

Riomaggiore & Portovenere

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250m

For Grade 4 walkers, you take the train to La Spezia at the southern end of Cinque Terre. Enjoy a scenic ferry ride to the picturesque Isola Palmaria, where you can embark on a delightful circular walk around the island. Afterwards, take another ferry to Portovenere, a fortified village offering numerous photo opportunities. Explore at your leisure before catching the mid-afternoon ferry back to La Spezia and then the train to Sestri.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    650m

For Grade 6 walkers, walking from Riomaggiore to Portovenere, a long yet exhilarating journey with splendid views and shaded paths through vineyards and woods. Begin your day by catching the early train to Riomaggiore. Hike up to the Madonna di Montenero church, offering fantastic views back down to Riomaggiore by 10 AM. Continue your hike along the broad ridge via Telegrafo to Campiglia for a scenic lunch break. The trail then leads to a spectacular coastal hike to Portovenere, where you can explore, enjoy coffee, or indulge in gelato before catching the mid-afternoon ferry to La Spezia and then the train to Sestri.

Day 5

Free Day

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Explore diverse options: a sea level walk from Santa Margherita to Portofino, a Cinque Terre village train ride, beach relaxation, hotel bike hire for a local ride, or a Genova day trip. Seek advice from your tour leaders for personalized recommendations.

Day 6

Corniglia & Manarola

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    550m

For Grade 4 walkers, savour a classic Cinque Terre experience: a walk from Vernazza to Corniglia, then the High Level path from Corniglia to Manarola along the Sentiero Azzurro. Marvel at the delightful coastal views. Stop in Corniglia for coffee before continuing to Volastra, passing fantastic cliffside vineyards for lunch. Descend to Manarola through a flower-lined path to a Valley Path, offering sensational views of the coast and the village below. Enjoy free time in charming Manarola before catching the train back to Sestri.

  • Time

    7 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500/900m

For Grade 6 walkers, start by taking a train to Monterosso and then catch minicab taxis to the Soviore convent. Embark on the Path AV5T to Foce Drignana, connecting with another path leading to the Corniglia to Manarola high level route. Enjoy a shaded lunch break along the way, followed by early afternoon coffee in Volastra. Descend steadily down to Manarola through the valley path, allowing some time to explore before catching the train back to Sestri.

Day 7

Portofino

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350m

For Grade 4 walkers, start your day by taking a train to Santa Margherita and embark on a scenic hike to Portofino. Follow well-made paths from Santa Margherita harbour to the old converted mill at ‘Mulino’ for a friendly coffee break. Upon reaching Portofino, consider having a packed lunch due to high restaurant prices, then explore the area. Walk to the lighthouse via the castle and back through the church, enjoying exceptional views of the coast, harbour, and luxurious yachts. Catch the ferry back to Santa Margherita for a reasonably priced gelato before taking the train back to Sestri.

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    10.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    750m

For Grade 6 walkers, experience the beauty of Portofino with stunning views similar to the Grade 4 group. Begin your journey by taking a train to Santa Margherita and a bus directly to Portofino. Explore the area, including the lighthouse, and then embark on a challenging climb out of Portofino along an amazing stepped path to the intriguingly named “Base Zero”. The views along the way are exceptional! Continue the ascent over the headland, eventually reaching the Mulino Café for refreshing drinks. Follow an easy graded path down to Santa Margherita for more drinks and ice creams before catching the train back to Sestri.

Day 8

Home Time

Meals

Breakfast

After your breakfast, transfer back to Genoa or Pisa for your flight home. Depending on your flight schedule, you might have time for a final stroll, shopping, or a relaxing dip in the sea. Safe travels!

Departure dates for your selected tour

20th May 2024 - 27th May 2024 (7 Nights)

20th Sep 2024 - 27th Sep 2024 (7 Nights)

15th Oct 2024 - 22nd Oct 2024 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Genoa or Pisa
  • Airport transfers by road c. 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Celeste

The three star Hotel Celeste has been run by the Repetto family for more than eighty years and has recently been refurbished, meaning the continuously high standards of hospitality and cuisine are complemented by modern facilities and new décor. The hotel is only a short walk from the centre of the beautiful town Sestri Lavante and its location makes for a great base for our walks through the Cinque Terre. The jewel in this hotels crown may be its own private beach, which overlooks the Baia delle Favole (Bay of Fables), where sun loungers and canoes may be hired. All rooms have hairdryer, air conditioning, safe and complimentary Wi-Fi. There is also a free internet computer in reception.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This a Grade 4 and 6 walking holiday based in Sestri Levante on the Ligurian coast. It offers some outstanding walking at either grade taking in the best of the Cinque Terre paths and Portofino as highlights. We will walk past fields of vines, pine woods with classic sea views never far away.

Walks & Excursions

Two Grades, Two Leaders, Two Walks

On ‘2x Walks, 2x Leaders, 2x Grades’ departures, where we provide two tour leaders and offer a choice of easier or harder walks each day, we hope to be able to accommodate your choice of walk. However, safety considerations do govern the sizes of groups in each walking grade; the minimum number of participants for a guided walk at a given grade and the maximum group size will be as indicated for the walk grade.

On most departures we are able to accommodate most clients' first choice of walk most of the time, however some flexibility and co-operation may be required. In unusual circumstances where a disproportionately high number of clients wish to walk at one grade, for safety reasons, we may not be able to provide you with your choice of walk each day. Although we will endeavour to accommodate as many clients’ choices as possible, it may be necessary for you to switch between higher and lower grade walks during the holiday. Any decision regarding group sizes and the participants in the day’s walking programme rests with our tour leader(s).

For safety reasons the minimum number of participants on a walk will be 4 plus the leader.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Currency in Italy

The currency in Italy is the Euro.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Your Travel Details

We fly from London to Genoa or Pisa and return on British Airways. 

Transfers from Genoa or Pisa to Sestri Lavante are by road and take just over an hour.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

The hotel restaurant serves cuisine typical of the region, using the superior local produce, and is where we take breakfast and dinners. Lunches can be bought from local supermarkets or bakeries. 

Please note that in Italy it is customary to pay for water consumed at the dinner table estimating around €2-3 per 0.75cl bottle.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Italy

Electricity in Italy is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Below is a list of maps you may find useful for your explorations of the Riviera Cinque Terre:

  • Cinque Terre Porto Venere Palmaria Island (2016) 1:25 000
  • Tourist and Footpath Map Cinque Terre Gulf of La Spezia 1:25 000
  • Carta Turistica e dei Sentieri Cinque Terre 1:25 000
  • Kompass 644 Cinque Terre 1:50 000
  • Provincia della Spezia Carta Turistica Tourist Map 1:100 000

Equally these books may be of interest:

  • Walking through the Cinque Terre (2013)
  • Walks in the Cinque Terre (February 2008)
  • Cinque Terre and Portovenere (book with historical information)

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Italy

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Italy.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Italian Laws & Customs

In some Italian towns and cities you may be fined for dropping litter and in some towns or cities it’s an offence to sit on monument steps or to eat and drink in the immediate vicinity of main churches, historic monuments and public buildings. It’s also an offence to enter or bathe in public fountains.

In May 2019, the Municipality of Capri introduced a law forbidding the use of any disposable plastic objects such as bags, cutlery, plates, cups, food packaging, trays, straws on the island of Capri. Violations can incur a fine of up to 500 euros.

Illegal traders operate on the streets of all major Italian cities, particularly tourist cities like Florence, Venice and Rome. Don’t buy from illegal street traders. You could be stopped by the local police and fined.

It is illegal to remove sand, shells or pebbles from coastal areas in Italy. Doing so may result in heavy fines. It’s also forbidden to collect various species of flowers, plants and herbs from mountain and wooded areas. For more information, check with the regional authorities of the area you’re visiting.

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

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Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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Italy

  • Capital

    Rome

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Italian

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 67mm

  • February

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • March

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 63mm

  • April

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • June

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 47mm

  • July

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 35mm

  • August

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 48mm

  • September

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 64mm

  • October

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 89mm

  • November

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 96mm

  • December

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 82mm

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