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Our most recommended Cinque Terre Private Experiences

Monterosso al Mare: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

1. Monterosso al Mare: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labour accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

Cinque Terre: 2-Hour Private Boat Tour

2. Cinque Terre: 2-Hour Private Boat Tour

Climb aboard a private boat for you and your group. Cruise along the beautiful Cinque Terre and watch the magnificent color spectrum as the sun fades into the ocean. Experience the Cinque Terre from a different perspective.  Explore the beautiful Ligurian territory as you soak up the last ray of lights and listen to the soft waves of the ocean. Spend a wonderful late afternoon as you discover the breathtaking unspoiled scenery of the five villages.

Florence: Cinque Terre Day-Trip

3. Florence: Cinque Terre Day-Trip

Visit the spectacular villages of Italy's Cinque Terre on a day-trip from Florence. See the picturesque landscapes that inspired poets like Lord Byron and Percy Shelley. Leave Florence at daybreak and admire the charming Tuscan countryside and the breathtaking Carrara marble quarries on your way to neighboring Liguria. You'll be driven along a picturesque stretch of coast through Cinque Terre National Park to the first of the five villages: Riomaggiore. Explore for a while before taking the trip over to Vernazza and Monterosso. The driver is at your disposal as you take in these colorful, tiny villages and enjoy the fresh sea air. Check outstunning views over the bays and gulfs, stroll through the narrow cobble alleyway, and admire the pastel-colored houses. Freshen up with a plunge into the clear waters and meet your driver at the end of the day to head back to Florence. Visit fantastic Riomaggiore, Vernazza, and Monterosso on this day-trip.

From Florence: Private Day Tour to Pisa and Cinque Terre

4. From Florence: Private Day Tour to Pisa and Cinque Terre

Explore the best of Cinque Terre's scenery, culture, and gastronomy on this day tour. Departing from Florence, travel to Pisa and enjoy some free time to see the Baptistery and the famous Leaning Tower. Take a walk along the ancient city walls for panoramic views of the Square of Miracles. Next, continue to Cinque Terre. After a visit to the picturesque village of Manarola, arrive in Vernazza. Here, choose from a tasting of local wines at one of the region's renowned wineries, with optional lunch, or enjoy a pesto-making lesson. Learn how to prepare Pesto Alla Genovese from a local chef then enjoy the rewards of your efforts with some focaccia bread, local cheese, olives, and wine. After lunch, take the train to Riomaggiore and enjoy some free time to explore the village before hopping on a boat to Monterosso. Here, enjoy a swim in the crystal-clear waters or spend some time exploring the village. Next, hop back on the train to Manarola and enjoy some free time to explore the village before heading back to Florence via Levanto with your driver.

Cinque Terre: Market Tour, Home Cooking Class, Dinner

5. Cinque Terre: Market Tour, Home Cooking Class, Dinner

Go food shopping like a local, enjoying the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land. Then immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

Livorno Shore Excursion to Portovenere & Cinque Terre

6. 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.

Cinque Terre: Half-Day Hiking Experience

7. Cinque Terre: Half-Day Hiking Experience

Start the tour by meeting your experience hiking guide in the little square at the entrance to the tunnel at Manarola Station. Then, set off on a half-day hike towards Corniglia discovering breathtaking views and hidden villages of the Cinque Terre along the way During the route, navigate your way up ancient stone staircases along the coastline, taking in the bright colors of the villages and unforgettable picturesque landscapes. Be prepared for a few steep ascents which a rewarded by breathtaking views. Your guide will help you gain the needed elevation at your own tempo, showing you the most characteristic features of this unique area. At the end of the climb, walk along the world-famous stone walls and soak up the astonishing panoramas over the gulf and the different villages. The entire hike has an elevation gain of 1500 feet over approximately 3.2 miles.

Cinque Terre: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

8. Cinque Terre: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private dining experience at a local's home. You will enjoy an exclusive show cooking and tasting authentic recipes that have been treasured in family cookbooks passed down by authentic Italian "mammas". You can feel the warmth of Italian hospitality, as you connect with local people. A 4-course menu including a starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, and dessert will be served, with drinks included (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee).

Cinque Terre: Full-Day Private Tour from Florence

9. Cinque Terre: Full-Day Private Tour from Florence

Join a full-day private tour of Liguria, known as Italy’s “Riviera”. This is a region that has produced both Cristoforo Colombo and delicious pesto sauce! Your day begins with pickup from your hotel in Florence. An expert driver/guide will take you through the western part of Tuscany while you enjoy views of the lovely countryside. You’ll learn about the history and culture of the places we pass through, including the medieval city of Lucca, the famous Carrara marble quarries and La Spezia – the popular resort on the sea. You will spend a good part of the day in the national park of Cinque Terre. The park is a popular place for hiking, trekking and scuba-diving. During your time here visit four of the five fishing villages situated along this spectacular rocky coast. Walk between the first and second villages on the “the path of love" and then enjoy a boat ride to Vernazza, considered to be the loveliest of the four villages. Enjoy some lunch and spend some relaxing time in Cinque Terre. After lunch drive to the upper side of the national park for some fantastic views of the coastal villages from above.

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

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

Embark on a full-day tour of the Cinque Terre from Florence. Enjoy a boat ride to Vernazza from Manarola with plenty of time to explore the winding lanes and sea views. Visit Corniglia and make a stop at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. In Manarola, follow the narrow alleys and pretty pastel squares that epitomize the beauty of the Cinque Terre. Depart for Vernazza on a shared boat ride and marvel at the breathtaking coastal views. At Vernazza, enjoy free time for lunch and wander around this enchanting town. Admire the terraced slopes of the surrounding hills. Visit the harbor, the beach, and lose yourself in the fascinating labyrinth of back alleys. Continue to Corniglia, the only Cinque Terre town not located directly on the water. Enjoy 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. 

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What people are saying about Cinque Terre

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 14 reviews

There is a lot to see in this area and we wished we had had more time. Alessandro, our guide, was very good in covering as much as possible and pointing out the places we should see. Most of the areas can only be reached on foot. Portovenere is beautiful, as well as the two towns we visited in Cinque Terre. Alessandro found us an excellent restaurant for lunch and it was a very enjoyable day.

This was an ideal way to see Cinque Terre in a day—our guide was knowledgeable and offered great recommendations to personalize for our family. We appreciated that the transportation was spotless and comfortable for the 2 hour trip from Florence. Highly recommend and would book other private tours through the service.

James and Irina were awesome. They went above and beyond for us to have a great experience. They even surprised us with a mini photoshoot at Pisa for our anniversary. Would absolutely do another tour with them again in Italy.

The guide we hap was very nice and professional. He explain in detail to us everything we need to know and he speak perfect English. We are very thankful to have you as our guide. Thank you Lorenzo for the wonderful trip.

Irina is very friendly and connects easily. Most important, she is very punctual and accommodating to our needs. She has no problem sharing her knowledge with us.