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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 fresh fish for your 'primo' and homemade pesto pasta 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.

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Cruise Shore Excursion

3. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Cruise Shore Excursion

Once you arrive at the port of La Spezia, meet your tour leader 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, choose the best starting point for you: the cruise port or the train station.

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour with Limoncino Tasting

4. 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.

Monterosso al Mare: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

5. Monterosso al Mare: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labour accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

La Spezia: Cinque Terre Rainbow Village Coastal Road Tour

6. La Spezia: Cinque Terre Rainbow Village Coastal Road Tour

Through the magnificent coastal road you will reach every single village of the Cinque Terre. The first stop will be in the village of Riomaggiore, one of the sets of the Disney cartoon "Luca"; then we will continue towards Manarola. During your free time, we recommend the "Nessun Dorma" bar to enjoy a unique view of the town. Later we will visit Corniglia, the only village slightly raised on the hill. The second-last stop will be in Vernazza, a land characterized by the unmistakable tower dating back to the times of the war. Finally, you will arrive in Monterosso where you can relax with a swim in the clear sea in front of the village. On the way back, you will stop in a hidden viewpoint, unknown to the main tourist itineraries.

From Florence: Cinque Terre Small Group Tour with Lunch

7. From Florence: Cinque Terre Small Group Tour with Lunch

Embark on a one-day small-group adventure through Cinque Terre. Discover the beauty of its villages and soak up the authentic essence of this Italian paradise. Savour the ultimate treasures of this region – its traditional cuisine and unique local wines. Experience exclusive treatment from your knowledgeable guide. Escape the crowds and discover hidden gems.  On the morning of your tour, enjoy a comfortable transfer from Florence to the North West Riviera in an air-conditioned minivan. Visit some of the most beautiful villages and landscapes of the UNESCO world heritage site Cinque Terre National Park, such as Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. Marvel at five miles of rocky coast lined with terraces and cultivated with vineyards. Learn about the regional peculiarities of grape harvesting and wine production. Spot small medieval fishing villages built on rock. Gaze at the incredible color of the sea and the sky, and understand how much of a paradise Cinque Terre really is. Enjoy the most astonishing views from land and sea, as you travel through the national park by boat, train, and on foot. Enjoy a light hike along cliff-side trails, such as the famous Via dell’Amore. An amazing boat ride (weather and sea conditions permitting) will offer another memorable perspective of the Riviera. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch in a typical restaurant on the sea; eat incredible fresh seafood cooked the Ligurian way, accompanied by great white wines typical of this region.

Florence: Cinque Terre Day-Trip

8. Florence: Cinque Terre Day-Trip

Visit the spectacular villages of Italy's Cinque Terre on a day-trip from Florence. See the picturesque landscapes that inspired poets like Lord Byron and Percy Shelley. Leave Florence at daybreak and admire the charming Tuscan countryside and the breathtaking Carrara marble quarries on your way to neighboring Liguria. You'll be driven along a picturesque stretch of coast through Cinque Terre National Park to the first of the five villages: Riomaggiore. Explore for a while before taking the trip over to Vernazza and Monterosso. The driver is at your disposal as you take in these colorful, tiny villages and enjoy the fresh sea air. Check outstunning views over the bays and gulfs, stroll through the narrow cobble alleyway, and admire the pastel-colored houses. Freshen up with a plunge into the clear waters and meet your driver at the end of the day to head back to Florence. Visit fantastic Riomaggiore, Vernazza, and Monterosso on this day-trip.

From Florence: Private Day Tour to Pisa and Cinque Terre

9. From Florence: Private Day Tour to Pisa and Cinque Terre

Explore the best of Cinque Terre's scenery, culture, and gastronomy on this day tour. Departing from Florence, travel to Pisa and enjoy some free time to see the Baptistery and the famous Leaning Tower. Take a walk along the ancient city walls for panoramic views of the Square of Miracles. Next, continue to Cinque Terre. After a visit to the picturesque village of Manarola, arrive in Vernazza. Here, choose from a tasting of local wines at one of the region's renowned wineries, with optional lunch, or enjoy a pesto-making lesson. Learn how to prepare Pesto Alla Genovese from a local chef then enjoy the rewards of your efforts with some focaccia bread, local cheese, olives, and wine. After lunch, take the train to Riomaggiore and enjoy some free time to explore the village before hopping on a boat to Monterosso. Here, enjoy a swim in the crystal-clear waters or spend some time exploring the village. Next, hop back on the train to Manarola and enjoy some free time to explore the village before heading back to Florence via Levanto with your driver.

From Florence: Seaside Beauty Day Trip to Cinque Terre

10. 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.

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Overall rating

2.7 / 5

based on 43 reviews

This day tour was incredible and was a highlight of the trip! We were in a double decker bus which was very new and had waters for sale. We had two guides for our bus, which was really convenient, and they split us up by hiking and not hiking. Both guides were INCREDIBLE. I highly recommend the hike if possible. I am in my 30s, am not in great shape but do have some experience hiking, and I would rate this hike as fairly easy. There were some older people on the hike that thought it was strenuous, which is fair. But for someone my age, it was easy. The elevation gain is only about 100m and it was less than 3kms. The sun and humidity certainly made us sweat, but all in all, very doable! Glad we did it in May, which was “slower” season. It was PACKED, so I wouldn’t want to see it during their busy season.

Ado, the guide is wonderful!!! Really, he went out of his way so many times to keep everyone satisfied and doing well. His energy, his knowledge, his sense of humor are a perfect mix for a guide. The tour was wonderful yet very very tiring with the hike! The day we went it was super hot, super humid and crowded! But the views from the top and all along are surely worth it! Just make sure you dont have intense physical activity before, and preferably after the tour. I would do it again without hesitating, but since I’ve done it once, I’ll skip the hike! Also the supervisor Dimitri was also a wonderful gentleman. Highly recommended P.S: the tour is actually operated by WalKAbouts! :)

The tour is great, you see alot in the trip. Luckily the water was calm so we were able to get the boat as well as the train. Beautiful towns. It is a long day but we'll worth it. Mano and Marco our tour guides were fantastic.

Fantastic trip to a crowded but beautiful set of seaside towns. Ado as a tour guide is was great and the spectacular mediterranean cliff side hike puts this tour above the rest.

It was an amazing day, thanks to Ado! The trip exceeded our expectations.