On an optional excursion, explore the Calanques de Piana aboard a semi-rigid inflatable boat in a small group (maximum 12 people). The "calanches," otherwise known as Les Calanques de Piana, are magnificent red-rock formations. These are without doubt one of the most extraordinary sites in Corsica. This stunningly beautiful part of the coastline stretched several kilometers between Porto and Piana and along the way plunges dramatically into the sea. A masterpiece combining all the elements of rain, sea, wind and sun, the cliffs and rocky inlets of the area offer a strange encounter between nature, sculpture and the imagination.
Join an optional excursion to view this city from the sea and to explore the nearby Lavezzi Island. Board a small motor boat to sail out through the narrow harbor entrance called the Goulet, pass the deep rocky inlets with its clear aquamarine waters and the magical Grotte du Sdragonatu which is entered through a narrow and low passage. Further along reach the Lavezzi archepelago, which is formed by a group of small barren granite islands located 7 miles southeast of Bonifacio. Spend an hour enjoying the beautiful shell sand beaches and azure sea on this island, which is a classified nature reserve. Keep your eyes peeled and camera ready for the island's rare species of wild flowers like the yellow-horned poppy and white sea daffodil.
Join an optional excursion which starts with a panoramic drive to Sarzana, passing by Montemarcello, to offer beautiful views of pine woods and olive groves. The scenery changes as you descend to Ameglia where the green land of Versilia stretches before you at the foot of the craggy peaks of the Apuan Alps. Cross the river Magra to reach Sarzana. Visit the local cathedral, walk along Garibaldi street where your guide will point you out the beautiful palazzi and churches, admire the Teatro degli Impavidi (Theatre of the Fearless Ones) with its wrought-iron facade, and finally take pictures at the Napoleon Bonaparte family palace.
Clinging to the Ligurian cliffs on the west coast of Italy are five castles at nearly the same distance from one another: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. On an optional excursion, see them as the ancient mariners did - from the sea. Marvel as you approach the beautiful coast with villages suspended above the sea, almost defying gravity.