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Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike and Lunch

1. Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike and Lunch

Get a taste of 'la dolce vita' on this jam-packed tour to the Cinque Terre, a collection of quintessential Italian towns dotted along the coast of Tuscany. After meeting your guide in central Florence, listen to an insightful introduction about the Cinque Terre on the 2-hour bus journey to La Spezia. After a quick bathroom break, board the first train of the day. Arrive in Manarola, the first of the Cinque Terre villages you will visit. Here you will join a small guided walk through the vines, and then enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace. Next, take the train to Corniglia. Climb the steps to reach the center of this quaint village and take some time to wander around. If you have selected the add-on, sit down at a local restaurant with a beautiful terrace and sea views. Tuck into a lunch of fresh fish for your 'primo' and homemade pesto pasta for your ‘secondo’. Then, choose to either go on an adventurous guided hike from Corniglia to Vernazza, or if you prefer to take it easy, follow your guide and take a train instead. Once in Vernazza, sit at one of the local cafés, or take a refreshing dip in the sea. Next, board a train to Monterosso, the village renowned for its beautiful beaches and artisan shops. If the weather allows it, you will then board a boat to navigate along the coast of the Cinque Terre. Arrive in Riomaggiore, an ancient fishing village and the most southern of the 5 villages. After exploring this last village, board the train back to La Spezia and then take the coach back to Florence.

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Cruise Shore Excursion

2. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Cruise Shore Excursion

Once you arrive at the port of La Spezia, meet your tour leader at the cruise terminal. Take a 20-minute walk to arrive at the train station from where you will begin your adventure. On the walk, you will discover the beautiful city center of La Spezia. Trains are undoubtedly the ideal means of transportation to explore the area, in just 15 minutes, passing through the sheer heights of the Ligurian Sea, you will reach Vernazza, one of the most colorful villages in the area. Here you can enjoy some free time in this picturesque village, characterized by pastel-colored houses with beautiful views of crystal clear waters. The second stop will be Monterosso, the largest of the Cinque Terre villages, which also owns a stunning beach characterized by fine white sand and a clear and transparent sea. Here you will have a surprise reserved for you, a tasting of delicious Limoncino in a traditional shop. This exquisite liqueur is ideal to toast for the wonderful day that you are spending, immersed in the nature, colors, and flavors of this fascinating and unique land. After having some free time in Monterosso, take the train to Riomaggiore, the last stop before coming back to La Spezia. This small village, like the other four, offers breathtaking views of the coast, as well as glimpses of the daily lives of the fishermen with their traditional boats that you will see tied to the port. Also, choose the best starting point for you: the cruise port or the train station.

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour with Limoncino Tasting

3. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour with Limoncino Tasting

The starting point of this wonderful adventure is the Central Station of La Spezia, located near the historic center of this lesser-known city characterized by a unique, old-timey charm. The first stop will be Vernazza, one of the five jewels that are part of Cinque Terre. This village is the one with the most colorful views. During your excursion in Vernazza, you will enjoy some free time to discover the village. The second stop will be Monterosso, where you will enjoy a limoncino tasting. You will then have enough free time to discover the village and eat at some of its local restaurants. The last stop before going back to La Spezia will be Riomaggiore. Here, you will have some free time to walk through the narrow streets of the town. Visit the fishing port and a panoramic terrace to admire the views.

From Florence: Pisa and Cinque Terre Full-Day Tour

4. From Florence: Pisa and Cinque Terre Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a combined full-day sightseeing and walking tour of Pisa and the Cinqueterre National Park on an excursion especially designed for independent travelers between 18 and 35 years of age. You will first travel by train from Santa Maria Novella station in Florence. Stop for 2 hours at Pisa, home of the spectacular Piazza dei Miracoli, where you will see Pisa’s most significant attractions, including the Leaning Tower, Baptistry, Campo Santo, and Duomo di Pisa (Pisa Cathedral). Next, travel by local train from La Spezia station, on the Pisa to Genoa line, to Cinqueterre National Park. Known as the "Five Lands," Cinqueterre is a stunning cluster of villages famous for their scenic walking trails, gorgeous coastline, and sunny beaches. Then next stop will be a visit to Riomaggiore. Two more villages will be visited Manarola and Vernazza, which is ideal for those who want to relax and lay on the beach. 

Livorno Shore Excursion to Portovenere & Cinque Terre

5. Livorno Shore Excursion to Portovenere & Cinque Terre

Meet your private driver/guide beside your ship at 08:00 AM for the 1.5-hour drive to the delightful fishing village of Portovenere, with its tall and colorful waterfront houses. Enjoy memorable sea views from the promontory where the Church of San Pietro stands. Its Gothic Genovese style dates back to 1256-1277. The church was built on the remains of an early Christian church and Byzantine abbey with parts of a heathen temple from the Roman age. At the foot of the promontory, there is a small grotto named after Lord Byron who took refuge here. From Portovenere, you'll begin your adventure through the five lands of the Cinque Terre, a landscape so unique that in 1998 it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A great way to discover this area is from the sea. You'll have the option of departing from the harbor to enjoy a ferry ride (additional cost) to Vernazza, a great stop for lunch at a restaurant set on the cliffs, looking out across the bay (lunch at own expense). The ferry journey will take you past Riomaggiore and Manarola with great photo opportunities from the sea.  Meet up with your driver and visit either Corniglia set up on the hill or enjoy a stroll around Riomaggiore or Manarola. You could continue on to the larger and busier town of Monterosso, but please note it is not possible to stop at all the villages in one day and for this tour, it is best to keep the day as flexible as possible and see where your journey will take you. At some places, you may wish to consider using the train and if the weather and sea conditions are good, the local ferry will be recommended. Wherever your journey takes you, you will return with wonderful memories to your ship in the port of Livorno at approximately 05:00 PM.

La Spezia: Cinque Terre Guided Hiking Tour

6. La Spezia: Cinque Terre Guided Hiking Tour

After you meet the tour guide at the port, start your adventure with a walk to the train station. Admire the beautiful and colorful city center of La Spezia during the journey and breathe in the scent of the breeze that characterizes this unique port city. Once you arrive at the station, board the first train that will take you to the small town of Manarola from where you will begin your intrepid hiking experience. Get ready and explore the ancient trails of this mountain passing through the vineyards perched on the rock. Enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and the colorful houses built on the cliffs, it will seem that you’re admiring a work of art. When you reach the top of the mountain and begin the descent towards Corniglia, appreciate the charm of this little village that is more than 100 meters high at sea level. Discover the center of Corniglia as you walk through its narrow alleys and take a break to continue the adventure. After lunch, o to the train station to head towards your next destination, Vernazza. This village is a beautifully preserved coastal town and the perfect place to relax while you admire the wonderful landscape.  Finally, go to Riomaggiore where you will have some free time to walk through its narrow streets and enjoy beautiful hidden spots. Admire the particular construction of Riomaggiore and the Gulf of Cinque Terre from the panoramic terrace here. At the end of the day, return to La Spezia where you incredible adventure ends.

From Florence: Full-Day Private Cinque Terre w/ Pisa

7. From Florence: Full-Day Private Cinque Terre w/ Pisa

In Manarola, explore myriads of narrow alleys and pretty pastel squares that epitomize the man-made beauty of the Cinque Terre. Then reach Vernazza on a shared boat ride from where you’ll be able to appreciate the natural beauty of the Cinque Terre. At Vernazza, enjoy free time for lunch and wander around this enchanting little town. The town of Vernazza, dominated by the terraced slopes of the surrounding hills, boast a delightful harbor area, beach, and a fascinating labyrinth of back alleys to explore. Not to mention numerous viewing points from which photographers can capture the beauty of the towns and its location. After spending a captivating day on this tour before heading back to Florence or your chosen location, you will drive up to Corniglia, the only Cinque Terre town not located directly on the water. Corniglia is the ideal place to finish this day tour of the Cinque Terre as you can enjoy some of the best views of the Cinque Terre from the town belvedere while exploring this enchanting medieval town. On the way back to Florence, make a stop in Pisa for stunning photos of the leaning tower in Piazza dei Miracoli. 

From Florence: Seaside Beauty Day Trip to Cinque Terre

8. From Florence: Seaside Beauty Day Trip to Cinque Terre

Visit one of Italy's most enchanting destinations, Cinque Terre, on a day trip by coach, train, and boat. Each of these unforgettable little cities will take your breath away with their gravity-defying dance above the azure waters. This day trip will give you an unforgettable and fun introduction to this coastal gem. Begin your tour of these UNESCO sites at daybreak with your arrival in La Spezia. Board a train to Riomaggiore, a quaint medieval town dating to the 13th century. Marvel at the winding streets of this village and its charming houses leaning one against the other. Next, head over to Manarola to enjoy panoramic views. Continue on to Monterosso, an ancient fishing village considered the "pearl of the Cinque Terre." Finally, take a boat across to Vernazza, whose natural port has kept it safe from invaders for centuries.

Florence: Cinque Terre Small-Group Day Trip

9. Florence: Cinque Terre Small-Group Day Trip

Discover the Cinque Terre on a day trip from Florence and explore the picturesque villages of Vernazza, Corniglia, and Manarola. Travel from Manarola to Vernazza on a panoramic boat, enjoy free time in Vernazza and get breathtaking views of the coast. After driving through Tuscany into Liguria, stop in the first Cinque Terre village of Manarola. Take in panoramic views of the surroundings with spectacular photo opportunities. Explore the narrow alleys and pretty pastel squares that epitomize the beauty of the area, and perhaps sample some renowned local wine at a cozy wine bar (own expense). After your visit to Manarola, meet your tour escort at a prearranged time for your shared boat ride to Vernazza. While on the boat, ogle the dramatic coastline from the water, framed against the hills. Stop at the village of Vernazza, with a large open harbor, castle, and church. Take advantage of free time to walk around and have a relaxing lunch (own expense) at one of the open-air restaurants, or take a stroll through the back streets. Afterward, drive to Corniglia and admire the spectacular views of the land and coast.

La Spezia Cinque Terre Food Tour

10. La Spezia Cinque Terre Food Tour

La Spezia is a small town, and one of the best places to stay while visiting the amazing Cinque Terre and other beautiful places like Porto Venere and Pisa. It has a mixed culinary tradition, coming from Liguria and Tuscany. You will dive into La Spezia Cinque Terre's food scene, enjoying traditional dishes and the best street food specialities. This dining experience incorporates five traditional and street foods served in different eateries. You will be starting with an entree, and ending with a typical Italian dessert or a delicious ice-cream. You will taste some of the following dishes on the tour: Sgabei and Frisco: small fried pancake with vegetables and fritters made from bread dough. Mesciua: chickpea, beans and wheat grains soup, typical of La Spezia. Testaroli or Panigacci: a sort of pancake, boiled and enriched with pesto, oil, parmisan cheese and mushroms sauce, alternatively baked, served with cheese and cured meat. Farinata:a delicious chickpea pancake cooked in a flaming oven. The best one is soft in the center with a lighty crisp coating. Ice cream or dessert: enjoy the finest artisanal  treats in La Spezia!  

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based on 212 reviews

What an amazing day. The hike was the best part of the trip! Stefano also gave us a number of great recommendations for things to do/see and eat : ). The weather can be warmer than what's predicted in the forecast, so keep that in mind when packing/dressing. The forecast said 19, but it felt like ~30 when we were hiking. The sun gets pretty strong. I'm really grateful to all the guides Stefano, Gabriele, and Guido for making our trip so enjoyable!

Gabrielle, Guido, and Chris were amazing guides. They took really good care of us, explained everything, and provide whatever we needed. Thanks a lot, guys. It was a pleasure to join your tour. Grazie mille!

the tour was great! alessandro, manaello and antonio were great guides and we had an amazing day! definitely recommend to those looking for a day trip around cinque terre

AMAZING. Highly recommend. Chris and Gabriel were outstanding and gave a thoughtful tour.

Great Experience made so much easy with excellent guides