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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.

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From Florence: Cinque Terre Full-Day Trip

2. 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 leisurely Italian lunch, overlooking the dramatic cliffs. After a full day hopping between the charming villages, you’ll board the bus for the journey back to Florence.

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From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour

3. 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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From Florence: Cinque Terre Full-Day Trip with Lunch

4. 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.

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From Florence: Seaside Beauty Day Trip to Cinque Terre

5. 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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Cinque Terre Boat Cruise with Appetizer and Lunch

6. Cinque Terre Boat Cruise with Appetizer and Lunch

Get a welcome drink as you board a boat in Monterosso and sail across the waters of the Ligurian Sea. Make your way towards the beautiful town of Vernazza and take wonderful photos of the spectacular landscape and romantic towns of Cinque Terre along the way. Pass the naturist beach of Guvano and gaze in awe at the villages of Corniglia and Manarola. Savor a typical appetizer of local food and wines as you head towards Riomaggiore and Punta Montenero at the southeastern tip of Cinque Terre National Park. Cool down with a swim with stunning views of the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto as you play in the water. Enjoy a savory lunch of local food prepared by the crew back on the boat. Then, head further out to sea as you sail from Punta Montenero and make your way to Punta Mesco at the northeastern tip of Cinque Terre National Park.

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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 Vernazza, one of the prettiest of all, for free time to sit in one of the cheerful bars and cafés.  Take the train again to Riomaggiore to enjoy free time for a refreshing swim in the Mediterranean or shopping into some of the picturesque shops. Enjoy a delicious local lunch served here in a typical restaurant with a perfect view of the sea and the hills declining down to the rocky coves (if option selected). From Riomaggiore, a train ride returns you to La Spezia, concluding the Cinque Terre visit, before returning to Florence by bus. Please note that the order of the visits may change.

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Private Tour of the Shelleys in Lerici nearby Cinque Terre

8. Private Tour of the Shelleys in Lerici nearby Cinque Terre

This tour starts from La Spezia train station, where you will meet your private guide for the day. With a private taxi, you'll reach the beautiful village of Lerici, one of the places near the Cinque Terre that the Shelleys loved the most. You'll explore Lerici with your guide and get to see the famous Shelley House. You will the board a ferry to the picturesque village of Portovenere. Once there, you will explore the islands of the Poet's Gulf, such as Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. These islands are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll have the change to learn everything about the Shelleys and the other poets who stayed here and the reasons why these places inspired them so much! Just ask your expert guide.

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La Spezia: Private Tour of The Gulf of Poets

9. La Spezia: Private Tour of The Gulf of Poets

Embark on a unique tour of Ligurian coast. Meet your guide at the Traghetti Terminal in La Spezia. The ferry will take you to the breathtaking Porto Venere. Once there, another boat will whisk you away to the UNESCO World Heritage islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto.  Experience the islands at your own pace, choosing where to eat, and how much time to linger and appreciate each magical location. Your guide will be happy to provide suggestions on where to eat and what to see. Learn why a variety of poets and writers, but especially the English Romantic poets, were drawn to these unique places. See for yourself why poets like Byron, Shelley, Virginia Woolf, and DH Lawrence all dedicated work to this inspiring region. At the end of the tour, your guide will take you back to La Spezia Traghetti Terminal, where the tour ends.

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What people are saying about La Spezia

Overall rating

3.6 / 5

based on 14 reviews

My guide Chris was excellent and even though it was raining we still get to see beautiful clinque terra at its best view point! Lunch was phenomenal, it was so delicious i highly recommend everyone to include the lunch for 15euro that came with seafood dishes and a pesto. Overall it was a nice tour being the off season now also meant you sort of have the whole place to yourself! Definitely gona come back on warmer days :)

Superb excursion despite overcast weather. Very well organized. The guides were very friendly Very pleasant to be at the seaside the little hike allowed us to admire the nature, orange trees, lemon trees, olive trees… and the superb landscapes. A superb break from the city for a day.

My husband and I very much enjoyed the day trip. Chris, our tour guide, was very fun and knowledgeable. He is very nice and accommodating to everyone. Expectations are set at the start of the trip and made it easier for everyone to enjoy the tour. Glad we did it!!

We had a fantastic experience traveling to Cinque Terre with our guides Chris and Manolo. They were extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. We enjoyed every second of our trip. I highly recommend booking with them and doing the Cinque Terre tour!

Well planned programme. Both Chris & Gabriel were careful on the time planning to ensure that all participants are attended to.