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Cinque Terre

Experience the beauty of the Italian Riviera as you travel through these five colorful hillside villages.

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From Florence: Seaside Beauty Day Trip to Cinque Terre

1. 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.

Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike

2. Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike

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 the quaint village and wander around. Then, choose to either go on a guided hike 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 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.

La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour by Boat

3. La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour by Boat

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 or Portovenere, then Monterosso, and Vernazza along the way. Start at La Spezia's harbor and sail through the Gulf of the Poets . Sail to the first stop: Riomaggiore or Portovenere ( depends on tour availability ) and marvel the beauty of the Village. 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 before returning to La Spezia.

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Boat Tour

4. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Boat Tour

Explore the beautiful cliffs, beaches, and colorful towns of the Cinque Terre on a sailing tour from La Spezia. You will see all five picturesque villages characterized by pastel-colored houses on a 5,5 hour boat tour. Start your tour from Passeggiata Morin in La Spezia and sail along the western coast of the Gulf of Poets. Admire the beautiful landscape of the four villages that make up the Borgate Marinare. Continue sailing towards Portovenere, where you will cross the Le Bocche, a strait between the town of Portovenere and the wild Palmaria Island. See the magnificent Romanesque church of San Pietro, set among the rocks and overlooking the sea. Discover one of the unspoiled coves like Le Rosse, Monesteroli or Punta Pineda along the coastline. Grab a chance to dip in the pristine waters of the Cinque Terre Natural Park. Marvel at the beauty of Monterosso al Mare, the last and most vibrant of the five villages. Here you can enjoy ashore local specialties such as focaccia with anchovies or delicious gelato. Pass through the local mussel farms while returning to La Spezia. 

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 Tour by Train with Limoncino

6. 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 stop to taste the 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.

From Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Lunch

7. From Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Lunch

Join us on an unforgettable journey to explore the treasures of Cinque Terre in just one day. Immerse yourself in a matchless, immersive experience amidst the pristine beauty of this stretch of coastline along the stunning Italian Riviera. Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso are the seaside villages of Cinque Terre, authentic gems recognized as Unesco World Heritage sites. For centuries, these treasures have remained hidden amidst steep mountains and the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Our journey begins on a comfortable bus, led by our expert guide. The first stop is the enchanting village of Riomaggiore (or Manarola*). Colorful houses, churches, and picturesque shops cling to the cliffs overlooking the sea. Moving on to Vernazza, considered one of the most enchanting villages of Cinque Terre, our guide will lead us on an exploratory stroll through narrow alleys and charming squares to the harbor, where we'll embark on a boat. From this unique perspective, we'll marvel at the spectacular coastline unfolding before our eyes. The next stop is Monterosso, renowned for its lovely beach and hills gently descending towards rocky coves. Here, a typical restaurant awaits us for a delightful lunch featuring local products (if you choose this option). You'll also have ample free time for a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean or to explore the fascinating workshops of local artisans. Our unforgettable adventure in the Cinque Terre comes to an end in this lively and picturesque village. Then our comfortable bus awaits us to take us back to Florence, concluding a perfect day. *(Subject to the availability of trains and boats) Please note that the order of visits may change.

From Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip & Optional Light Hike

8. From Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip & Optional Light Hike

Depart Florence early in the morning and transfer to the Ligurian coast by air-conditioned coach. Cross 2 of Italy’s most scenic provinces as you pass the rolling hills of Tuscany for Liguria.  Upon arrival at Cinque Terre, transfer to the public train and travel up the coast for breathtaking views of the villages. The first stop of the day trip is the picturesque town of Vernazza (available until until March 17th, 2024). Enjoy some free time wandering by the fishermen’s boats docked daintily by the beach, colorful homes peppering the scenery, and an old house looming on the horizon. Continue by train to Monterosso, the largest town of the Cinque Terre. Wander around the charming town on your own and stop to taste the delicious flavors of Ligurian cuisine. Go on an optional 45-minute-long light hike through the stunning scenery of Cinque Terre. Let your tour leader guide you through the terraced vineyards and ancient olive groves with spectacular panoramic views. After the hike, return to Monterosso and relax at Fegina beach. Stroll along the promenade and stop to refresh yourself at one of the many restaurants, pubs, and ice cream shops. Then, climb aboard the train to Manarola and enjoy views of the tiny harbor, full of colorful boats and vibrant natural formations. Take your time to stroll around the area on your own and discover this beautiful village. For those joining after March 18th, 2024, your journey will be enriched beyond the splendors of Cinque Terre as they embark on a captivating excursion to the renowned city of Pisa, home to the world-renowned Leaning Tower and many other architectural wonders As your day trip concludes, board the train for a swift and scenic return to your private air-conditioned coach bound for Florence.

From Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip by Bus

9. From Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip by Bus

Experience an unforgettable adventure to the Cinque Terre 5 from Florence. Discover the charming UNESCO villages of Levanto, Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola, and Riomaggiore that are suspended between sea and land. Choose to discover these amazing villages with a multilingual guide that will show you around for the full day or have free time to explore on your own. Select the train and ferry option to move from village to village by train and to view the coast from the water. During the day you, have some free time to enjoy these beautifully-colored villages and taste some of the delicious regional dishes as pasta al pesto, olives, focaccia, or wines. If you prefer discovering those villages by yourself you can chose the low cost option that includes only the transfer from Florence and you can make your way to the villages that you prefer on your own.

Portovenere: Isola Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto Boat Tour

10. Portovenere: Isola Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto Boat Tour

Ride by boat to three different islands all located in the majestic Gulf of Poets. Swim in the Ligurian Sea, and make visits to Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto, and experience untouched natures in a completely unique environment. Snorkel and discover the underwater world, and relax on the boat for a true day at sea. Meet your captain and depart from Portovenere for a day of sightseeing and relaxation. Breathe in the salt air and experience the Torre Scola, a historical ruin that begs to be photographed and discussed. Then, make a swim stop at La Maiella and explore the marine world while snorkeling. Then, head to the lighthouse of Tino Island, where you can see the Madonnina emerge from the TInetto Sea. Find yourself next in the Blue Cave, and take some time to learn about the Church of San Pietro. Notice the nature all around and feel how it calms the nerves of a busy lifestyle. Before heading back to port, discover Saint Peter's Church, said to be one of the most beautiful in the world.

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based on 4,980 reviews

Our guide was very cheerful and gave us lots of interesting explanations about the Cinque Terre. We were able to see everything in one day, it's quite tiring (departure at 7:15 a.m. and return around 8 p.m.) but it's worth it!

The day was amazing. We had Roberto as our guide. He was very knowledgeable and easy to communicate with. Highly recommend this day trip to cinque. You will not regret it

Hands down best tour we have ever been on. Emilio was personable, kind and very educated on the history of Cinque Terre. Would highly recommend this tour!

The towns are very picturesque. Excellent guide Danieli! Thank you. It should be specified that the walk is not done in winter.

There was plenty of time in each stop to enjoy the city