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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 Florence: Pisa and Cinque Terre Full-Day Tour

2. 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. 

La Spezia: Cinque Terre Guided Hiking Tour

3. 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.

La Spezia Cinque Terre Food Tour

4. 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!  

Cinque Terre: Small Group Guided Tour from Florence

5. Cinque Terre: Small Group Guided Tour from Florence

Start your group day trip by meeting with all the participants in Florence. Once on-board, take the highway for the chance to admire the white Alpi Apuane, famous for the marble that gave life to masterpieces of Italian world-renowned architecture and sculptures. On your arrival in the area, your idea of these incredible lands will turn into reality. See the blue sky and the blue sea blend into one. See vines filling up the steep slopes, proof of a constant human endeavor that has never given up to the nature of the territory.  Once on-site, your guide will introduce you to the secrets and stories about this particular and complex area. Using the local train or boat, see Riomaggiore, the quiet Manarola and the picturesque Vernazza. At Monterosso al Mare find the perfect place to relax, do some shopping, enjoy the sea and have lunch in one of the local restaurants. At the end of the day, start your drive back to Florence. 

From Florence: Cinque Terre Small Group Tour with Lunch

6. From Florence: Cinque Terre Small Group Tour with Lunch

Embark on a one-day small-group adventure through Cinque Terre. Discover the beauty of its villages and soak up the authentic essence of this Italian paradise. Savour the ultimate treasures of this region – its traditional cuisine and unique local wines. Experience exclusive treatment from your knowledgeable guide. Escape the crowds and discover hidden gems.  On the morning of your tour, enjoy a comfortable transfer from Florence to the North West Riviera in an air-conditioned minivan. Visit some of the most beautiful villages and landscapes of the UNESCO world heritage site Cinque Terre National Park, such as Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. Marvel at five miles of rocky coast lined with terraces and cultivated with vineyards. Learn about the regional peculiarities of grape harvesting and wine production. Spot small medieval fishing villages built on rock. Gaze at the incredible color of the sea and the sky, and understand how much of a paradise Cinque Terre really is. Enjoy the most astonishing views from land and sea, as you travel through the national park by boat, train, and on foot. Enjoy a light hike along cliff-side trails, such as the famous Via dell’Amore. An amazing boat ride (weather and sea conditions permitting) will offer another memorable perspective of the Riviera. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch in a typical restaurant on the sea; eat incredible fresh seafood cooked the Ligurian way, accompanied by great white wines typical of this region.

From Florence: Cinque Terre Villages Full-Day Tour

7. From Florence: Cinque Terre Villages Full-Day Tour

Explore the villages of Cinque Terre on a full-day excursion from Florence, and experience the best aspects of this protected World Heritage Site as you walk along the ancient trails that connect the picturesque villages. Cinque Terre comprises a stretch of rugged, unspoiled coast along the Italian Riviera. Its name derives from the fact that it is a grouping of 5 picturesque fishing villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. It has been well preserved because of its isolation and continues to be protected by its UNESCO status and its status as an Italian national park. Led by your knowledgeable guide, you’ll walk the spectacular coastline. Visit the Cinque Terre village of Manarola and continue with a lovely boat journey (weather permitting) to Monterosso, renowned for its beautiful beach and small craftsmen’s shops. After a short train ride, stop in Vernazza, one of the prettiest of all, for free time to sit in one of the cheerful bars and cafés.  Take the train again to Riomaggiore to enjoy free time for a refreshing swim in the Mediterranean or shopping into some of the picturesque shops. Enjoy a delicious local lunch served here in a typical restaurant with a perfect view of the sea and the hills declining down to the rocky coves (if option selected). From Riomaggiore, a train ride returns you to La Spezia, concluding the Cinque Terre visit, before returning to Florence by bus. Please note that the order of the visits may change.

Exclusive Cinque Terre: Day Trip from Florence with Lunch

8. Exclusive Cinque Terre: Day Trip from Florence with Lunch

Discover one of Italy’s most amazing destinations, the unforgettable Ligurian Coast of Cinque Terre, UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy scenic views of the 5 ingeniously constructed fishing villages on this private tour from Florence, accompanied by your own guide/sommelier. Cinque Terre was proclaimed as Italy's first national park in 1999. It is the smallest but also the densest national park in Italy. Between the villages, you will enjoy scenic train rides along the Ligurian coastline. A relaxing boat ride is also included between 2 of the villages so you can witness the stunning views of the Cinque Terre from the water. Wander the narrow streets, admire the colorful houses, or take the chance to swim in the turquoise water. Cinque Terre's rocky landscape has been tamed by winemakers who carved and cultivated the steep terraces facing the sea. It remains as Italy's most difficult area to cultivate, due to unfriendly environmental conditions. Despite this, the area produces high-quality wines that reflect the traits of the territory: the salty whiff of minerality served as a reminder of the terraced vineyards on the Ligurian coast. Its wines are equally stunning: refreshing like a dip in the sea and scented like its exotic flora. Apart from sightseeing, this tour is centered around wine and food autochthonous to the area and distinct in nature. Wine tasting is offered in one of the villages’ enotecas, where you will sample the most representative local wines, such as the classic Cinque Terre wine: a white made out of Bosco, Albarola and Vermentino and the real jewel of Cinque Terre: the dessert wine Sciacchetrà. A multi-course will be served in a restaurant overlooking the Ligurian sea. Dive into traditional food and local specialties like focaccia, seafood dishes and pasta with pesto, a sauce whose birthplace is the Ligurian region. Discover a paradise on the Italian Riviera where houses are suspended on steep cliffs and the crystal clear waters of the Ligurian Sea invite you in for a swim!

Cinque Terre: Guided Tour with Wine Tasting from Florence

9. Cinque Terre: Guided Tour with Wine Tasting from Florence

Begin your tour with a scenic drive to Manarola. Arrive at the picturesque town of Manarola, where colorful houses and vineyards cling to steep terraces. Stroll through its charming alleys, and see the remains of its 14-century castle and watchtower. Take a relaxing boat ride to Vernazza, home to the only natural port of Cinque Terre and famous for its elegant houses. Your final stop will be at Corniglia, the only town in Cinque Terre that isn't directly located by the beach yet equally stunning. Walk around this medieval town and learn about its history and culture. During this tour, you'll also get a chance to taste the local white wine and get insights into the wine-making process.

Florence: Cinque Terre Private Day Tour

10. Florence: Cinque Terre Private Day Tour

Board the bus in Florence and drive to Manarola, after a short visit, you reach Vernazza by train, where you have 3 local experiences to choose from. The first option is a tasting of some local wines in a winery. The second option combines the wine tasting with a typical local lunch that consists of salami, cheese, Caponata Ligure, focaccia, and pesto. For dessert, you will be served sciacchetrà, a type of biscuit made from a liqueur.  The third option offers a truly local experience of learning how to make "Pesto alla Genovese". After the lesson, tuck into your homemade pesto, combined with some local focaccia, cheese, olives, and wine.  After your chosen experience, you will have some free time before taking a boat to Monterosso. Here you can go swimming in the sea or spend some time exploring the little village. The tour continues by train from Monterosso to Manarola, where you have some more leisure time to wander around. In Manarola, the bus will be waiting for you to bring you back to Florence.

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based on 136 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