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From Florence: Cinque Terre Full-Day Trip

1. 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

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. 

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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.

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From Florence: Cinque Terre Full-Day Trip with Hiking

4. From Florence: Cinque Terre Full-Day Trip with Hiking

After departing Florence you will arrive high above the Cinque Terre village of Manarola, where you will enter the National Park to hike to Corniglia. At the cliff-top village of Corniglia, you will have free time to relax and take in the perfect views of the sea and surrounding hills. After Corniglia, you'll continue towards the village of Vernazza, one of the prettiest and most characteristic of the Cinque Terre towns. Here you'll have free time to sit in one of the cheerful bars and cafés, or even have a refreshing swim in the sea. Continue the visit with a short train ride to Monterosso, renowned for its beautiful beach and artisan shops. Enjoy free time to taste the local wine, or go shopping for souvenirs. If the weather permits, board a boat to travel along the dramatic coastline to Riomaggiore. Here you will walk along the famous path of Via dell'Amore, or “Lover's Lane”, a beautiful route overlooking the sea.

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Cinque Terre: Full-Day Private Tour from Florence

5. 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.

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From Florence: Cinque Terre National Park Guided Hike

6. From Florence: Cinque Terre National Park Guided Hike

Depart Florence in the early morning with your guide and head to the charming town of Manarola. Fall in love with the town’s pastel colored houses that line the Liguirian Sea and feel welcomed by the friendly locals going about their day. From here, begin the hike through the Cinque Terra National Park, which has been specifically routed to embrace the landscapes that characterize this fascinating region. As you hike, admire the glistening sea on one side and the rolling countryside on the other, bursting with colorful vineyards. Once you reach the summit of the hike, begin the descent to Corniglia, a rustic town perched on a hill without direct access to the sea. Spend some time relaxing in Corniglia to recharge your energy for the rest of the day’s hike. Wander through the town’s narrow and winding streets, broken up by small squares that ooze timeless beauty. After a short train ride arrive at Vernazza, a stunning bay town with a small but vibrant port. Explore the colorful streets of the town and immerse yourself in la dolce vita. The last stop of the day is a visit to Riomaggiore, a beautiful village characterized by brightly colored houses that appear to sit on top of one another set against a backdrop of imposing cliffs that sink into the cobalt sea. After a full-day of exploring, return to the hustle and bustle of Florence in the late afternoon.

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What people are saying about Cinque Terre National Park

First we spent 100 minutes on Pisa. Since we are early, we don’t need to queue before going up the leaning tower. The cathedral was closed for some reason that day though. Plenty of time to take pictures. Then we spent 45 min on the first two villages then 90 min on the final and the most beautiful ones. Timing is just about right. There was some delay on the trains but we still come back to Florence at 18:07. Great tour. Somebody says it is ambitious tour but this is what we want: seeing the most with the least time. Karolina, our guide helped us in changing our time for the train tickets going to Roma. She is extremely helpful and we want to thank her publicly!

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.

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.

The guide was amazing and his work ethos and knowledge was great. Was always looking out for me and I would highly recommend this trip

We had a great, interesting day and our tour guide Eduardo was just great!