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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.

From La Spezia: Round-Trip to Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion

3. From La Spezia: Round-Trip to Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion

Explore Pisa with this shore excursion from La Spezia. Upon disembarking, you'll take one of the free shuttle buses from the pier to the terminal to meet your easily recognizable tour leader outside the terminal. After admiring the Unesco Piazza Dei Miracoli, choose the city walking option to have the opportunity to see the hidden treasures of the medieval city. Walk through the Piazza Dei Cavalieri, borgo stretto, see the birthplace of Galileo Galilei, the Vettovaglie market, and much more. Choose the tower ticket option, to climb to the top of the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and enter its spectacular Cathedral with priority access. At the end of your experience, you will return to La Spezia to board the ship.

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Sailing Tour by Speedboat

4. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Sailing Tour by Speedboat

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 4-hour speedboat 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 Borgata Marinara. 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 the unspoiled coves of Le Rosse, Monesteroli, and 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 local specialties such as focaccia with anchovies or delicious gelato. Pass through the famous muscle farms while returning to La Spezia. 

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour by Train with Limoncino

5. 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 La Spezia: Round-Trip Bus Transfer to Florence

6. From La Spezia: Round-Trip Bus Transfer to Florence

Optimize the time your cruise ship will be in La Spezia port to explore Florence. Benefit from convenient transportation to the historic city, with an optional guided tour also available. Arrive at the meeting point where staff will provide you with a map of the city, the code to use the WiFi, and priority access to get on the bus that will take you to Florence. Hop off in the Santa Maria Novella area, where you can start exploring the city. During five hours of free time, you may choose to visit the San Lorenzo market, Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Piazza della Republica, or the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge that crosses the River Arno. Wander through the small alleys set between medieval and Renaissance palaces or stroll through the shopping streets as well as taste typical local dishes. Optimize your time, choose the walking tour option to be sure to see all the main monuments.

Milan: Cinque Terre Full-Day Guided Trip With Cruise

7. 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 with Limoncino

8. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour with Limoncino

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 taste of limoncino, the famous liquor from the area. 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 La Spezia: Florence & Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion

9. From La Spezia: Florence & Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion

Discover Florence and Pisa with a roundtrip transfer from La Spezia. Explore Florence, known as the Cradle of the Renaissance, at your own pace or see the city on an optional walking tour. Head on to Pisa and admire the famous monuments before you return to La Spezia. After arriving easily at the meeting point following the instructions provided, you will be welcomed by an easily-identifiable staff member who will provide you with the map of the city, the code to use the Wi-Fi, and priority access to the bus that will take you to the the Santa Maria Novella area of Florence. Once you arrive start exploring the city, the cradle of the Renaissance, considered an open-air museum, and its numerous masterpieces. With 3.5 hours of free time, visit the San Lorenzo market, Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Piazza della Republica, and the old bridge. Choose to explore the small alleys set between medieval and Renaissance palaces or wander through the shopping streets as well as taste some typical local dishes. Make the most of your time by choosing the walking tour option. This walking tour covers the main monuments. Continue to the second stop in Pisa for 1.5 hours of free time where you can see sights the wonders of the Meadow of Miracles. Select the best pose to immortalize your time at the leaning tower of Pisa. Select the option with the tower to enter this iconic landmark before returning to your meeting point in La Spezia.

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour

10. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour

Spend a full day navigating the beautiful landscape of Cinque Terre at a close range, with a peaceful boat trip along the coast. Meet your guide and depart from the Mirabello port of La Spezia. During the tour, visit Golfo Della Spezia, Portovenere, Palmaria island, Le Rosse, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Take the opportunity to plunge into the refreshing waters for a swim or a snorkel. Feel free to stop as many times as you like wherever you like.  Arrive in Monterosso at lunchtime and enjoy a 1.5-hour stop to explore the town and find somewhere to eat lunch. After the break, meet your crew back at the boat and set sail back towards La Spezia. 

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What people are saying about La Spezia

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4.6 / 5

based on 3,858 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.