Manarola
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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 leisu...

  • From Florence: Cinque Terre Full-Day Trip with Lunch

    2. 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.

  • 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 la...

    Edcuardo is a wonderful guide, very detailed and gave good advices. Covered a lot during the trip. Pisa and Cinque Terre is a must go!

  • La Spezia: Cinque Terre Guided Hiking Tour

    4. 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...

    We recommend this one day full expérience especially in you have only 1 day. Departure in La spezia to the Nice harbour of Venazzia, then hiking to the top to have a panoramic view on the small villages of Cinque Terre. Giuliano was our guide (english, a bit of French, only 4 people in the group). The hiking requires good shoes and could be difficult for children under 10. But Giuliano knows the trails with good view. The train ticket was usable after the tour so that we stayed longer to visit. With the tour you see 4 out of 5 (Monterosso is less typical but you can swim in sand beaches).

  • From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Private Guided Tour

    5. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Private Guided Tour

    Depart La Spezia and journey through the beautiful countryside of Liguria to explore the 5 fishing villages of Cinque Terre at your own pace. Benefit from a flexible itinerary to see the sites that you prefer aboard the Cinque Terre Express train. Marvel at the jumble of colored houses built on cliffs that line the Ligurian coast. Dating back to the early Middle Ages, the villages are now free of traffic to protect their cultural and historical integrity. The oldest, Monterosso, was founded in 643 AD, whilst Riomaggiore was established in the 8th century by Greek settlers fleeing persecution in Byzantium. Choose which of the villages you would like to visit, including Vernazza, Corniglia and Manarola. Much of what remains today dates from the late High Middle Ages. Discover ancient castles, parish churches and much more at your leisure.

  • 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 ...

    James and Irina were awesome. They went above and beyond for us to have a great experience. They even surprised us with a mini photoshoot at Pisa for our anniversary. Would absolutely do another tour with them again in Italy.

  • From Florence: Cinque Terre Villages Full-Day Tour

    7. From Florence: Cinque Terre Villages Full-Day Tour

    Explore the villages of Cinque Terre on a full-day excursion from Florence, and experience the best aspects of this protected World Heritage Site as you walk along the ancient trails that connect the picturesque villages. Cinque Terre comprises a stretch of rugged, unspoiled coast along the Italian Riviera. Its name derives from the fact that it is a grouping of 5 picturesque fishing villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. It has been well preserved because of its isolation and continues to be protected by its UNESCO status and its status as an Italian national park. Led by your knowledgeable guide, you’ll walk the spectacular coastline. Visit the Cinque Terre village of Manarola and continue with a lovely boat journey (weather permitting) to Monterosso, renowned for its beautiful beach and small craftsmen’s shops. After a short train ride, stop in Vernazz...

    It is a great day, beautiful scenery ! Could have be done on our own we thought as our guide was great but he pretty much just guided us to the different towns and left us alone.

  • Florence: Cinque Terre Private Day Tour

    8. Florence: Cinque Terre Private Day Tour

    Board the bus in Florence and drive to Manarola, after a short visit, you reach Vernazza by train, where you have 3 local experiences to choose from. The first option is a tasting of some local wines in a winery. The second option combines the wine tasting with a typical local lunch that consists of salami, cheese, Caponata Ligure, focaccia, and pesto. For dessert, you will be served sciacchetrà, a type of biscuit made from a liqueur.  The third option offers a truly local experience of learning how to make "Pesto alla Genovese". After the lesson, tuck into your homemade pesto, combined with some local focaccia, cheese, olives, and wine.  After your chosen experience, you will have some free time before taking a boat to Monterosso. Here you can go swimming in the sea or spend some time exploring the little village. The tour continues by train from Monterosso to Manarola, where you ha...

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What people are saying about Manarola

Overall rating

2.7 / 5

based on 9 reviews

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!

James and Irina were awesome. They went above and beyond for us to have a great experience. They even surprised us with a mini photoshoot at Pisa for our anniversary. Would absolutely do another tour with them again in Italy.

The guide we hap was very nice and professional. He explain in detail to us everything we need to know and he speak perfect English. We are very thankful to have you as our guide. Thank you Lorenzo for the wonderful trip.

it was all wonderful. The karlota (guide) is very friendly and helpful. spoke English / Italian / Spanish and Portuguese. was very careful because the ride was amazing. thank you very much Karlota. unforgettable ride

Irina is very friendly and connects easily. Most important, she is very punctual and accommodating to our needs. She has no problem sharing her knowledge with us.