Voluntourism Excursions


Turisti nei Cian (“Tourists in the Wild”) Voluntourism Project connects travelers to local guides and farmers to restore vineyards, rebuild stonewalls, and harvest grapes in Vernazza, Italy.

Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, away from the crowds:
   • Meet locals
   • Hike into the Cinque Terre hills
   • Help save Vernazza, a World Heritage site
   • Enjoy a picnic with Cinque Terre wine

Make a difference in Vernazza’s beautiful, fragile territory because…”Even Paradise Needs a Gardener”.

We have welcomed 1000 travelers in 100+ excursions to help 20 local farmers since 2013… and EVERYONE LOVES IT!
   •“Fantastic experience, loved escaping the tourists and getting to experience real life      in Cinque Terre. Would definitely recommend to others”
   •“Excellent food and spectacular views”
   •“This day is my favorite of our month-long trip through Europe”

Please see our Save Vernazza Non-profit organization Facebook page for photos and comments from all 2013-2017 excursions.


  • 8:30am to 1pm May through October

  • Wednesday 9 May
  • Wednesday 23 May
  • Sunday 27 May

  • Sunday 10 June
  • Wednesday 20 June
  • Sunday 24 June 

  • Wednesday 4 July
  • Wednesday 18 July
  • Saturday July 28

  • Wednesday 1 August
  • Saturday 25 August 
  • Wednesday 29 August (grape harvest?)

  • Wednesday 12 September (grape harvest?)
  • Wednesday 26 September 
  • Sunday 30 September 

  • Wednesday 10 October 

   •8:30am to 1pm May through October (see Calendar for dates)
   •Meet us at the bottom of the Vernazza train station stairs.
   •Closed toe sneakers or hiking shoes required.
   •Cancellations due to weather alert – participants can join any other regularly      scheduled excursion.
   •If raining but trails are not dangerous, we may take a guided hike instead of working.

€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).

Reservations required. Send an email to: workwithus@savevernazza.com OR sign up on a Busabout coach

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.”