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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.

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From Florence: Cinque Terre Full-Day Trip

2. From Florence: Cinque Terre Full-Day Trip

Join an adventure to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Cinque Terre. Explore these 5 secluded villages built onto seaside cliffs, connected to one another only by paths, boats, or trains. Your trip begins early in the morning when you’ll meet your guide in Florence to begin the picturesque drive to the first village. 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 or how you spend your time. Take a scenic boat or train transfers to the 4 other villages of Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Monterosso al Mare, and Corniglia. Wander the cobblestone streets and marvel at the closely-packed, pastel-colored houses rising up from the coast. Head down to one of the many stunning beaches for white sand and crystal clear waters. Or enjoy a leisurely Italian lunch, overlooking the dramatic cliffs. After a full day hopping between the charming villages, you’ll board the bus for the journey back to Florence.

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From Florence: Pisa and Cinque Terre Full-Day Tour

3. 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. 

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From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Cruise Shore Excursion

4. 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.

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Cinque Terre: Market Tour & Meal with a Local Cook

5. Cinque Terre: Market Tour & Meal with a Local Cook

Make a beautiful meal and a beautiful memory with a market tour and home-cooked dinner hosted by a local chef. Arrive at the home of your expert cook. Explore the market and shop like a local. Learn how to recognize the best produce. Afterward, return to your host’s home and enjoy a private cooking demonstration. Gain insight into Italian cuisine as your host reveals the secrets of her family’s cookbook. Watch as a delicious meal is prepared before your eyes. Once the food is ready, sit down at an authentic Italian dinner. Enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with a side dish, and dessert. Chat with your host as you share a delicious meal together. Enjoy a selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, as well as an after-dinner coffee. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.

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

6. 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. 

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La Spezia Cinque Terre Food Tour

7. 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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From Florence: Round Trip Transfer to Cinque Terre

8. 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.

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From Florence: Cinque Terre Full-Day Trip with Lunch

9. From Florence: Cinque Terre Full-Day Trip with Lunch

Spend a day getting to know the enchanting region of Cinque Terre. You'll visit 4 villages in total, suspended between sea and land, seemingly hanging from sheer cliffs and surrounded by hills and vineyards. When you arrive in the small village of Manarola there will be time to explore before taking the local train to Riomaggiore. Enjoy some free time here to walk around and admire the charming streets. Next, take a train to Monterosso, an ancient fishing village considered “the pearl of the Cinque Terre", with its enchanting beaches. Go swimming in the crystal-clear sea and enjoy a traditional light lunch. Continue by ferry to Riomaggiore and Vernazza and experience the intricate layout of this village with its narrow lanes and steep stairways. Continue to La Spezia, where the bus will be waiting to take you back to Florence.

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From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour with Limoncino Tasting

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Cinque Terre National Park

My guide Chris was excellent and even though it was raining we still get to see beautiful clinque terra at its best view point! Lunch was phenomenal, it was so delicious i highly recommend everyone to include the lunch for 15euro that came with seafood dishes and a pesto. Overall it was a nice tour being the off season now also meant you sort of have the whole place to yourself! Definitely gona come back on warmer days :)

Superb excursion despite overcast weather. Very well organized. The guides were very friendly Very pleasant to be at the seaside the little hike allowed us to admire the nature, orange trees, lemon trees, olive trees… and the superb landscapes. A superb break from the city for a day.

My husband and I very much enjoyed the day trip. Chris, our tour guide, was very fun and knowledgeable. He is very nice and accommodating to everyone. Expectations are set at the start of the trip and made it easier for everyone to enjoy the tour. Glad we did it!!

We had a fantastic experience traveling to Cinque Terre with our guides Chris and Manolo. They were extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. We enjoyed every second of our trip. I highly recommend booking with them and doing the Cinque Terre tour!

Valentina was an excellent guide. We enjoyed all the tidbits she shared. It made the experience more deligjtdul. She also recommended restaurants in the Florence area and she was quite personable.