The quiet coastal resort of Bonassola is the perfect base from which to explore the region. There is easy access to both the enchanting villages of Cinque Terre and peaceful countryside further inland. On this holiday, you will not only explore the area but also join the Bernardin brothers at their cookery school to learn about and taste some classic Ligurian dishes.
- Learn to cook traditional Ligurian dishes using locally-sourced ingredients
- Enjoy guided walks and excursions both inland and along the much-photographed coastline
- Follow a mule path through the olive groves to Groppo for a wine tasting
- Enjoy an ice-cream in the historic town of Levanto
- Good quality en-suite accommodation in one of our European partner hotels
- Half Board – continental breakfast and evening meal
- Cooking lessons – three morning and one afternoon sessions
- The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ Walk Leader
- Transport for the wine tasting visit and walks
- Admission cost for wine tasting
Saltre de Lepre, Montaretto, San Giorgio & Scernio
Today’s walk takes you in a loop through the peaceful hillside above Bonassola. There are breathtaking views from the villages along the way, including Saltre de Lepre – try and spot Genoa and France from here. Montaretto is an excellent place to stop for lunch before entering into woods where you may see signs of wild boar! You will also pass San Giorgio, a perfectly-placed hamlet and one of the first to be founded in the area. There is the option of continuing to Scernio along a path which boasts open views of the sweeping bay below before returning to Bonassola.
Today’s cookery session focuses on the very first course of an Italian meal: antipasto. There will be an optional walk to break the day which will take you to the local chapel before returning to the cookery school for a session on pasta making, including top tips for creating the authentic Italian taste.
This morning, your cookery session will give you the chance to get hands-on with some classic Ligurian meals. In the afternoon, you will take the train to the start point of a walk to the harbour in Manarola via the wine terraces. Following another of the area’s mule paths up to Groppo, you’ll meander through the charming olive groves to the finishing point where there’ll be a glass or two of wine waiting!
Each week there is a day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest. Some options for your free day may include:
CINQUE TERRE VILLAGES
You may enjoy re-visiting some of the Cinque Terre villages that you have seen previously on the walks. Each village has its own railway station and the frequent trains mean that it is possible to visit all five villages in one day.
Genoa, the largest port in Italy, was European Capital of Culture in 2004. After a fairly lengthy train journey along the coast, you’ll find a number of attractions including the cathedral, a magnificent street of palaces, opera house and museums, plus a regenerated dock area and a vast ornate cemetery with its very own bus network! Alternatively, you may just prefer to wander through the famous caruggi (narrow alleyways) in the old town.
The chic resort of Portofino is approximately twothirds of the distance to Genoa. This is a picturesque town where you can admire the expensive yachts and Italy’s rich and famous. You might also take a boat along the splendid coastline to Santa Margherita.
For information on the Cinque Terre please visit www.cinqueterre.it
For those of you with a sweet tooth, today’s your lucky day! This morning, you will have the change to get familiar with some tasty Italian desserts before embarking on a walk to the historic town of Levanto. You can enjoy an ice-cream break before taking advantage of some free time to explore in more depth. You may then choose to make your way back to the hotel independanty, or follow your Leader on another walk over the saddle to Bonassola.
Today you begin with a train journey along the iconic Cinque Terre coastline to Corniglia. There will be time to explore this popular coastal village with superb sea views. If you’re feeling energetic, you may want to take the 377 steps up to Corniglia but there is a shuttle bus for those who aren’t! Your walk today follows the coastal path to charming village of Vernazza, complete with waterfront bars and colourful houses. From here you may choose to continue along the path to Monterosso and explore the town before returning to Bonassola on the train.
Hotel Delle Rose - Cinque Terre
The 3-star Hotel Delle Rose is a charming family-run hotel, owned and run by two brothers, Roberto and Enrico Bernardin. The hotel is located close to the seafront in Bonassola and within easy walking distance of all the local facilities. A handful of cafés and bars can all be found within a couple of minutes’ walk from the hotel. Offering a warm welcome and a more personal and friendly service, the Hotel Delle Rose has been welcoming HF Holidays' guests for over 15 years.
Hotel Delle Rose has 25 en-suite bedrooms, all of which have been refurbished within the last few years.
All bedrooms have:
- Satellite television
- Safe deposit box
- Adjustable ceiling fans.
- The bathrooms have a shower (no bath) and WC.
On the ground floor is a lounge area and the roof garden terrace has a serviced bar with sea views.
Our guests can enjoy an aperitif before dinner or a tea or coffee during the day.
There is a small lounge on the ground floor with seating and offers a quiet corner to read in. Tourist literature is displayed here and a small library of foreign language paperbacks, which include English.
Food & Drink
Our holidays at Hotel Delle Rose are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.
Hotel Delle Rose offers a self-service continental breakfast, including freshly baked croissants and Ligurian Focaccia from the local bakery.
Breakfast is served on the roof garden terrace with sea views.
Lunch (payable locally)
You can order a picnic lunch from the hotel. Alternatively, ingredients for a picnic lunch can be purchased from the local shops, either in Bonassola or one of the other villages.
On certain days it may be possible to eat in a café whilst out for the day; your leaders will advise.
Hotel Delle Rose serves drinks on the roof garden terrace in the serviced bar with sea views. The chef prepares daily Ligurian specialities to eat with your drinks.
The hotel provides a typical Italian three-course evening meal. A selection of local dishes and locally-caught fish form an important part of the menu. Each morning the manager likes to discuss any vegetarian or other dietary requirements with you personally. The pasta is home-made and the hotel offers pasta demonstrations once a week, a possible option on your free day.
What to Bring
To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.
- Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
- Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
- Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
- Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
- Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
- Warm hat and gloves.
- Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
- Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
- Thermos flask for hot drink.
- Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
- Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
- Small torch.
- First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
- Sun hat and sunglasses
- Sun cream.
- Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
- Insect repellent.
All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person.
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