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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.

From Florence: Seaside Beauty Day Trip to Cinque Terre

2. 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.

La Spezia: Gulf of Poets Boat Trip

3. La Spezia: Gulf of Poets Boat Trip

Sail along the western coast of the Gulf of Poets and admire villages that makeup Borgate Marinare. Cross the Le Bocche strait and stop at coves in the Portovenere Archipelago. Stop at the Blue Grotto, the Stella Maris, and the Portoro Marble Quarrie, and pass by a mussel farm. Start the sailing trip by following the western coast of the Gulf of Poets until you reach Portovenere. Admire the village of Portovenere and the wild Palmaria Island before stopping at a cove in Portovenere Archipelago, where you will have the chance to go for a swim. Hop back on board and head to the Blue Grotto. After seeing the Blue Grotto, visit Stella Maris and the Portoro Marble Quarries. See Byron's Grotto, where legend has it, Lord Byron lived and would swim across the bay. Discover the small town Lerici, where Mary and Percy Shelley lived, and other gems, including Tellaro and the Fiascherino's Bay. Stop in the bay and go for a swim behind Lerici's Medieval Castle. On the way back, pass by the local mussel farms.

From Florence: Round Trip Transfer to Cinque Terre

4. From Florence: Round Trip Transfer to Cinque Terre

Take a day-long adventure away from Florence to the UNESCO world heritage site of Cinque Terre. A series of 5 secluded villages built onto verdant seaside cliffs and only connected to one another world via boats and trains, Cinque Terre is one of Italy’s national treasures. Your trip begins early in the morning, when you’ll meet your guide in Florence to begin the scenic, 2.5-hour drive to La Spezia. Along the way, your guide will give you a thorough introduction to the region. After you arrive, the rest of the day’s activities are up to you. With the whole day free, it’s up to you as to where you go — the other 4 villages, Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Monterosso al Mare, and Corniglia, are all easily accessible by boat or train. Wander the cobblestone streets and marvel at the closely-packed, pastel houses rising up over the cobalt-blue sea. Head down to one of the many stunning beaches for white sand and clear water. Enjoy a lovely Italian meal, overlooking the vast sea cliffs.  After a full day hopping between the picturesque villages, you’ll meet back in La Spezia to head back to Florence.

La Spezia: Cinque Terre Rainbow Village Coastal Road Tour

5. 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: 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: Cinque Terre Bus Tour

7. From Florence: Cinque Terre Bus Tour

Depart Florence and relax on the scenic journey to Manarola in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cinque Terre. Marvel at the typical case-torri (tower-houses) on arrival, and then continue to Vernazza, overlooked by the remains of a medieval castle. Get some free time to explore the village at your own pace. Next, discover the Pearl of Cinque Terre, the ancient fishing village of Monterosso, known for its lovely beaches and lush vegetation. Take an optional swim off a sandy beach, before crossing to Riomaggiore by boat. Admire the colorful Cinque Terre villages from the water. Use your free time in Riomaggiore to explore the historic town center at your own pace, and visit the church of Peter the Apostle on the rocky promontory. Return by train to La Spezia, where a bus will be waiting to take you back to Florence.

Round-Trip Transfer from Florence to Cinque Terre

8. Round-Trip Transfer from Florence to Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre takes its name from the five picturesque fishing villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso characterized by their unmistakable pastel colors. Thanks to its isolation, the Cinque Terre have maintained their uncontaminated charm till today and have become a protected World Heritage Site and a National Park. Your experience starts with a comfortable journey by bus, where a multilingual professional tour guide will give you useful information about the places you will visit and a map that will help you to orient yourself when you will arrive at the destination. Visit Cinque Terre in total freedom using the means of transportation you prefer: the villages are connected by various kind of transport, with train and the boat being the best options. After having explored all the corners of the villages, admiring the beautiful views and discovered secret pathways, take your bus to return to Florence.

From Florence: Day Trip to Cinque Terre

9. From Florence: Day Trip to Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is an unmissable destination for those who come to Italy, a land between the sea and high rocks, and one of the most romantic and striking spots in the world. Be driven to Riomaggiore from Florence, the village, dating back to the early 13th-century, is famous for its historic character and local wine. Admire the houses leaning one against the other and stroll along the narrow cobbled alleyways and sheltered paths. You can guide your way through this picturesque landscape, which has inspired many poets, painters, and writers, and see through the 5 villages that make up Cinque Terre. Afterward, take the train back to La Spezia, where you'll be picked up at the La Spezia Centrale Train Station to be transferred back to Florence after a memorable day in Cinque Terre.

From La Spezia: Highlights of Cinque Terre with A Guide

10. From La Spezia: Highlights of Cinque Terre with A Guide

Join a private guide to explore the 5 towns that make up the Cinque Terre — Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Corniglia, and Monterosso — on a day trip from La Spezia. Start your tour with a van, hop on a ferry, and take a train. After meeting your guide at the cruise terminal of La Spezia, take a half-hour trip to Riomaggiore, perched on a terraced hillside high above the Ligurian coast. Make stops along the way to admire a panoramic view of the Cinque Terre villages. Once in Manarola, experience the intricate layout of this village as you walk along the narrow lanes and steep stairways between the colorful cliffside houses and the marina. Continue the trip by taking a ferry to the fishing village of Vernazza. Visit the terrace of Doria Castle which offers panoramic views of the village and its coast. Then, it's time to sample the local cuisine. Take recommendations from your guide and go to a local restaurant to enjoy lunch. After your lunch break, take the train to Monterosso al Mare, the largest of the Cinque Terre villages and the only one with sand beaches in the area. Stroll through the narrow winding alleys of its historical center, and admire its many medieval buildings. From there, travel back to La Spezia by train and van.

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4.4 / 5

based on 12 reviews

What an amazing experience, Addo and his colleague (unfortunately I can’t recall his name) were amazing, literally the best tour guides I’ve had in my life. They were so knowledgeable on everything, there was not a single question they could not answer. They were perfectly in sync the whole time when the group had to move from one location to another. When we used the trains they always knew where everyone was and made sure everyone knew when to get on and off the trains. Their communication were very clear and you knew exactly what needed to happen all the time. 10/10 for them. Would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see Cinque Terre. Truly exceptional.

My family (2 adults + 11y/o) enjoyed the hike immensely followed by a yummy gelato. Ado and Chris were really engaging and fun. We missed seeing Monterroso as the train from La Spezia was delayed.

Ado and Chris were amazing and knowledgeable hosts. My husband and I had never been on an organised tour before and they made it so easy and enjoyable.

packed day, but we were still given free time! our guide Alice was super nice

The best tour I had during my trip! Very well organized.