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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.

Riomaggiore: Vineyard & Wine Cellar Tour with Wine Tasting

5. Riomaggiore: Vineyard & Wine Cellar Tour with Wine Tasting

Vineyards overlooking the sea and Triple A wines: in the wonderful scenery of the Cinque Terre near to Riomaggiore there is a landscape and an enological reality that is not at all trivial, born from the dedication of its winemaker, a native of Riomaggiore. The result of his extreme dedication to work, his respect for tradition and continuous research, will not stop to continuously surprise us: first with a breathtaking scenery: an entire hillside descends abruptly from about 250 meters to the sea. From this very particular context, special wines are created that transmit the true character of tradition, including the sweet sciacchetrà  and white wines that give salty sensations combined with the perfume of Mediterranean scrub. Then new wines, the result of experimentation... including a rosé and a red, all organic production. An experience that will leave its mark and that will leave you with an indelible memory of the Cinque Terre.

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour with Limoncino Tasting

6. 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.

From Genoa: Full-Day Cinque Terre Sightseeing Cruise

7. From Genoa: Full-Day Cinque Terre Sightseeing Cruise

Embark on a day's outing and explore the wonders of Liguria, or the Italian Riviera, by boat. Feel the sea breeze on your face as you're transported to the historic seaside village area known as Cinque Terre. Explore UNESCO World Heritage sites and soak up the charming Ligurian culture. Begin your tour with a morning departure from Genoa. Your first stop will be Camogli, located on the Golfo Paradiso. Take in the stunning, colorful coastline of this seaside town against the beautiful, blue-green waters of the Ligurian Sea. Your tour continues onward to Monterosso, where you'll disembark and have three hours to explore the town before moving on to the rest of the celebrated Cinque Terre area. Visit Vernazza, Corniglia, Riomaggiore, and Manarola, then watch the towns slip past you as you cruise back to Genoa.

From Florence: Pisa and Cinque Terre Full-Day Tour

8. From Florence: Pisa and Cinque Terre Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day sightseeing and walking tour of Pisa and the Cinqueterre National Park on an excursion especially designed for independent travelers. Explore Ligurian Riviera, Riomaggiore, and Manarola with your guide, and try local produce and wines. 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. The 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. 

From Montecatini Terme: Cinque Terre Guided Day Trip

9. From Montecatini Terme: Cinque Terre Guided Day Trip

Depart from Montecatini in the morning and with your driver meet the rest of the group from Florence. Spend an unforgettable day discovering the most impressive Ligurian landscapes. In this area, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Earth and sea blend and create a unique landscape. The area consists of kilometers of rocky coasts with caves, beaches, hiking paths and breathtaking views. Visit Riomaggiore, another amazing village in Cinque Terre, with its beautifully colored tower houses. Then, the tour will take you through the Cinque Terre National Park by train and/or ferry boat. You will first visit Manarola, a tiny urban jewel characterized by Genoese style ‘case-torri.’ Then, head to Vernazza, overlooked by the remains of a medieval castle with a cylindrical tower. Finally, you will reach Monterosso, known as the ‘pearl of Cinque Terre.’ This ancient fishing village with lovely beaches and lush vegetation covering the rocks will certainly enchant you. In the afternoon, you will have free time for a swim or a walk around the village.

La Spezia: Cinque Terre Guided Hiking Tour

10. 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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4.7 / 5

based on 43 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.