Excursion to Cinque Terre, Italy

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Sea, nature & culture: only with DA Siena

A week-end in one of the most renown Italian destinations

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How beautiful is sunset, when the glow of Heaven descends upon a land like thee, Thou Paradise of exiles, Italy!

Percy Bysshe Shelley

The Cinque Terre in Italy, along with Siena, is one of the many legs of the immense trail of the classic Italian cultural pilgrimage. Almost every visitor who comes to Siena also wishes to see the Cinque Terre and vice-versa. The City of The Palio and the five villages on sheer cliffs that have inspired so many poets are two very important destinations for any informed traveller. So Dante Alighieri Siena wants to offer its students the possibility to add a three-days trip to Cinque Terre without loosing a single lesson!

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Two nights, three days…Cinque Terre!

Travelling to Liguria, the Region of Cinque Terre, is not difficult, but trains are not the best option if you don’t have time to waste. Also, for the same reason it is always advisable to travel with someone who already knows the place. So students will leave with a Dante Alighieri Siena teacher and will travel by private bus on Friday May 29th right after the end of lessons. Then they will be back on Sunday May 31st for dinnertime with no stress!
The week-end will include:

  • Round-trip private bus
  • Welcome dinner in a local restaurant
  • Boat pass to freely move within the Cinque Terre
  • Teacher-chaperone
  • Accommodation for two nights in residence with multiple bedrooms
    • On the sea, private bathroom, swimming pool, breakfast included
    • Other accommodations available upon request

What are the Cinque Terre and why are they a “must-see”?

The Ligurian coast between Cinque Terre and Portovenere is a cultural landscape of great scenic and cultural value. The layout and disposition of the small towns and the shaping of the surrounding landscape, overcoming the disadvantages of a steep, uneven terrain, encapsulate the continuous history of human settlement in this region over the past millennium.

Since 1997 the Cinque Terre have been inscribed in the UNESCO list of world heritage sites thanks to their “outstanding universal value”. However the beauty of these lands was very clear also in very ancient times.

Dante Alighieri himself visited the Cinque Terre in the beginning of the XIV century, when he was asked to act as a mediator between the bishop of Luni and the Marquise of Malaspina. In that occasion the Poet was inspired by those steep cliffs for the description of the Purgatory precipice.

Another very famous visitor of Cinque Terre is Lord Byron: as a matter of fact in Portovenere there is a grotto that has been named after him, who apparently used to descend in that cave at the sea level to meditate and seek for inspiration.
However also present day artists are still very influenced by the peculiarity of the Cinque Terre landscapes, as a matter of fact also Martin Scorsese has elected them as one of the sets of The Wolf Of Wall Street.

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Why are they called the “Five Lands”?

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The Cinque Terre in Italy are so-called because of their inaccessibility. Despite they are five very tiny villages, they have always been called “lands” because they used to be so hard to reach. Nowadays there is a railroad excavated in the cliffs that connects the five villages, but it is also possible to buy a boat pass that allows you to hop off and on at the five destinations of Cinque Terre:

  • Monterosso
  • Vernazza
  • Manarola
  • Riomaggiore
  • Corniglia

A unique opportunity!

Dante Alighieri Siena is well aware of the fact that when you visit Italy the appetite comes while eating! With such a high concentration of many beautiful destinations to see it is normal to wish to go the extra mile and visit more of it. On the other hand it is not very easy to make everything you want to see fit in your travel to Italy. That is why we want to propose our students an all-inclusive cultural excursion free of any stress: to give you the unique opportunity to make the most out of your time without loosing a single minute and without the frustrating sensation of missing out any place.

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So, if you want to take this chance and come to see Cinque Terre in Italy with Dante Alighieri Siena click on the button below and get your quotation!
All you can learn, all you can see!