Voluntourism Excursions


“Even Paradise Needs a Gardener”

What if. . . instead of just visiting Vernazza, you could experience it like a local?  What if. . . you could make friends with villagers while lending a hand?

Join Turisti nei Cian (Tourists in the wild) Voluntourism excursions to experience everything on your Cinque Terre bucket list:

  • Meet locals
  • Hike into the hills
  • Enjoy a picnic of local specialties
  • Drink Cinque Terre DOC wine

Save Vernazza invites YOU to make a difference in Vernazza’s beautiful, fragile territory because…”Even Paradise Needs a Gardener”.

Share a once-in-a-lifetime experience with locals in the wild, away from the crowds in the village streets below.

Now in our Fourth Season, we have already welcomed 845 travelers in 97 excursions.  Together with Busabout, TreadRight and voluntourist participants, we are making a difference working with 20 local farmers to restore vineyards and olive groves, build stonewalls and terracing, and harvest grapes.

Excursions run twice weekly (alternate Wednesdays or Thursdays + Saturdays or Sundays) from 8.30am to 1pm from May through October (see Calendar for details).  We meet below the Vernazza train station.  If an excursion is cancelled due to bad weather, participants can join any other regularly scheduled excursion.

NOTE:  All participants should wear closed toe sneakers or hiking shoes.

€29 per person (includes equipment, gloves, bilingual Italian-English local guide, picnic lunch with Cinque Terre DOC wine).  €19 per person if purchased directly on Busabout coach (with matching funds from TreadRight Foundation).

“Glad I did it: Loved learning about Vernazza’s history, culture, environment. Food was also delicious. The work was hard, but glad I was able to understand & comprehend how hard it would be to do it as one person.”

“Beautiful experience, wonderful people.  Laura was really, really great and told us about Vernazza and its history wonderfully.”

“Seeing something in Vernazza that’s off the beaten track – not just a touristy place”

“Awesome. Food was so yummy. Learnt so much! View was amazing. Perfect picnic spot.”

“I thought it was an overall, perfect day! Will recommend 10/10”

Save Vernazza is a non-profit organization created to help REBUILD, RESTORE, and PRESERVE Vernazza’s town, territory and culture for future generations. Save Vernazza guides and landowners are local men and women who are passionate about preserving their town’s fragile, terraced hillsides while sharing their heritage with voluntourist guests.

“We at Busabout wanted to find a way we could give back to the community so together with TreadRight, our partner in sustainable tourism, we’ve teamed up with Save Vernazza, a non-profit created by three local women who are former backpackers themselves.  By working with Save Vernazza, we hope to support the sustainable development of tourism and give back to a region that has given our passengers so much in the past fifteen years.”