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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 homemade pesto pasta for your 'primo' and fresh fish 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.

Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Vernazza Boat Cruise

2. Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Vernazza Boat Cruise

Experience the Cinque Terre coast by boat and take in gorgeous views of vineyards terraces and charming buildings from the sea. Make time to stop at Riomaggiore, Monterosso, and Vernazza along the way. Start at La Spezia's harbor and sail through the Gulf of the Poets admiring the magnificent village of Portovenere and the island of Palmaria from the boat. Reach the first village of Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore, passing by the mesmerizing coastline with its famous terraced vineyard landscape and colorful houses. The city is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Here, visit the imposing church of San Giovanni Battista with your guide and enjoy some free time to stroll through the narrow streets. In Monterosso al Mare, explore the medieval historic center and marvel at the parish church dedicated to St. John, the Baptist. Then continue the sailing to Vernazza, the pearl of the Cinque Terre. Vernazza presents itself to visitors as the prow of a ship: most of the village is in fact built on a small promontory that ends at the sea with an imposing fortification system. At the end of the tour, enjoy free time and take the chance to taste the local wine and food, or go for a swim in the crystal clear water of the Mediterranean.

La Spezia: Boat Tour to Cinque Terre

3. La Spezia: Boat Tour to Cinque Terre

Discover the beautiful Cinque Terre National Park on a guided boat tour in La Spezia. Enjoy picturesque views of the coast as you explore the village of Riomaggiore and find a cozy tavern for lunch. Swim in the waters of Palmaria island before admiring the colorful houses of Porto Venere. Make your way to Porto Mirabello in La Spezia to meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Get on board your boat and wave goodbye to the coast as you set sail on the Ligurian Sea. Feel the excitement as you approach the first village in the Cinque Terre National Park, making port at Riomaggiore. Be blown away by this idyllic harbor and stroll along the paths under charming colorful houses. Have 2 hours of free time to explore and find somewhere to eat. Depart from Riomaggiore and make your way along the coast to Porto Venere and the island of Palmaria. Jump off the boat to swim in the serene waters and bring a snorkel along to meet the tropical fish. Disembark at Porto Venere with more free time to go sightseeing before returning to La Spezia.

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour by Train with Limoncino

4. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour by Train with Limoncino

Once you arrive at the port of La Spezia, meet your tour guide 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, if you are staying at La Spezia, choose the best starting point for you: the cruise port or the train station.

Milan: Cinque Terre Full-Day Guided Trip With Cruise

5. Milan: Cinque Terre Full-Day Guided Trip With Cruise

Explore the Cinque Terre, one of Italy's most scenic landscapes, on a guided day trip from Milan by van. See Cinque Terre from different perspectives from a boat and a train. After leaving Milan by coach, arrive in Monterosso al Mare, the largest of the Cinque Terre's 5 villages. With no car traffic, it remains one of the truest fishing villages on the Italian Riviera. Restaurants, bars, and accommodation all have an endearingly homespun air about them. From Monterosso, start the final leg of your journey: a boat cruise, where you can admire the stunning views of the Cinque Terre and the delightful village of Portovenere from the sea. Arrive at La Spezia where your coach will be waiting to take you back to Milan. These 5 enchanting medieval villages cling to the coast, offering a breathtaking sight of the sea, and are now part of a national park listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour

6. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour

Spend a full day navigating the beautiful landscape of Cinque Terre at a close range, with a peaceful boat trip along the coast. Meet your guide and depart from the Mirabello port of La Spezia. During the tour, visit Golfo Della Spezia, Portovenere, Palmaria island, Le Rosse, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Take the opportunity to plunge into the refreshing waters for a swim or a snorkel. Feel free to stop as many times as you like wherever you like.  Arrive in Monterosso at lunchtime and enjoy a 1.5-hour stop to explore the town and find somewhere to eat lunch. After the break, meet your crew back at the boat and set sail back towards La Spezia. 

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour with Limoncino Tasting

7. 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.

La Spezia: Cinque Terre Rainbow Village Coastal Road Tour

8. La Spezia: Cinque Terre Rainbow Village Coastal Road Tour

Through the magnificent coastal road you will reach every single village of the Cinque Terre. The first stop will be in the village of Riomaggiore, one of the sets of the Disney cartoon "Luca"; then we will continue towards Manarola. During your free time, we recommend the "Nessun Dorma" bar to enjoy a unique view of the town. Later we will visit Corniglia, the only village slightly raised on the hill. The second-last stop will be in Vernazza, a land characterized by the unmistakable tower dating back to the times of the war. Finally, you will arrive in Monterosso where you can relax with a swim in the clear sea in front of the village. On the way back, you will stop in a hidden viewpoint, unknown to the main tourist itineraries.

La Spezia: Sunset Boat Tour with Aperitif

9. La Spezia: Sunset Boat Tour with Aperitif

Enjoy the sunset from the water with an afternoon boat tour from La Spezia. Ride with ease across the water towards Palmaria Island, and make a visit to Portovenere Town.  Make stops along the way to swim directly from the boat, and enjoy an aperitif of local production as the sun sets and fills the sky with delicate colors.  Meet your captain and depart from Porto Mirabello towards Palmaria Island. Take in the sights as you enjoy the sensation of being at peace on the water. Discover the town of Portovenere and Parco delle cinque Terre and learn all about the area from your guide.  Taste provided appetizers, only from local products, such as fresh fruit and a glass of local wine. Stop and swim directly off of the boat, and finish the tour watching the sunset in a completely relaxing and serene environment. 

La Spezia: Private Guided Tour of Cinque Terre

10. La Spezia: Private Guided Tour of Cinque Terre

Join this private tour to discover the stunning Ligurian lands called Cinque Terre, a precious UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997. You will meet your private guide at the cruise terminal. Then, board the 5 Terre Express at La Spezia station. The train stops at each of the five fishing villages, which allows you to discover each town at your own pace. Don't forget to bring your camera as you want to capture the beauty of the Cinque Terre. Benefit from a custom tour based on your preferences and take as much time as you need at each village. Get ready for incredible sceneries, colored houses built on impressive cliffsides, a stunning landscape all around you, in a place where cars were banned over a decade ago. Listen to the history of these magic lands: Cinque Terre's five villages date back to the early medieval period. Monterosso, the oldest, was founded in AD 643 followed by Riomaggiore established in the 8th century by Greek settlers fleeing persecution in Byzantium. The other villages are Vernazza, Corniglia, and Manarola, where you'll discover medieval castles and a quintet of illustrious parish churches. At the end of your tour, your guide will accompany you back to La Spezia cruise port.

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What people are saying about La Spezia

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 310 reviews

While everything was punctual, well organized & ran smoothly (with the exception of 1 TrenItalia service), I think there should be a clearer description/definition of how much walking, particularly up some fairly steep areas is involved in this trip. It was a very nice excursion but to see all 5 villages means it’s a really long, tiring day. You are all part of a group that has meeting times so that we can see everything but that means sometimes, some people are just exhausted due to this fast pace.

Ado and Marco were the nicest and most knowledgeable guides. They both made the trip so much more memorable. Only cause of them I gave the trip 5 stars.

It was amazing! Everything went smoothly, guides were a wealth of information! (Especially Chris)

Visit excellent except for the one hour delay of the train at the end of a long day

amazing full packed day, great way to see the 5 villages of cinque terre.