Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike and Lunch
- Duration: 13 hours
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...
Gabriel, our tour guide was amazing and he made sure we had a good time with his information and friendliness. The trip was wonderful. We started at 7:30 from Florence and came back at 8:30. Cinque terre is beautiful and worth the visit.
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...
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.
Travel to one of the most picturesque places in Italy and discover the scenic vistas and quaint villages along the Mediterranean coast. Hit the road from Florence in a comfortable car and explore the magical path with an English-speaking driver and guide. Be impressed by the uniqueness and variety of colors of Cinque Terre. Admire the perfectly preserved architecture and the stunning coastal and mountain trails of The Italian Riviera. Arrive in Manarola, the first of the Cinque Terre villages you will visit. Admire the staggering beauty of the pretty little town and take in glorious panoramic views with your camera. Next, take a boat to Vernazza and be blown away by the magical atmosphere and breathtaking views. The prettiest of the Cinque Terre villages, Vernazza is also called the Cinque Terre jewel. Take a stroll through the cobblestone streets and marvel at the closely packed, past...
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).
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.
After departing Florence you will arrive high above the Cinque Terre village of Manarola, where you will enter the National Park to hike to Corniglia. At the cliff-top village of Corniglia, you will have free time to relax and take in the perfect views of the sea and surrounding hills. After Corniglia, you'll continue towards the village of Vernazza, one of the prettiest and most characteristic of the Cinque Terre towns. Here you'll have free time to sit in one of the cheerful bars and cafés, or even have a refreshing swim in the sea. Continue the visit with a short train ride to Monterosso, renowned for its beautiful beach and artisan shops. Enjoy free time to taste the local wine, or go shopping for souvenirs. If the weather permits, board a boat to travel along the dramatic coastline to Riomaggiore. Here you will walk along the famous path of Via dell'Amore, or “Lover's Lane”, a bea...
Discover the Coast of Cinque Terre, a paradise where houses are suspended on steep cliffs and the crystal clear waters of the Ligurian Sea invite you in for a swim. Enjoy scenic views of the four ingeniously constructed fishing villages on this UNESCO World Heritage site. First, visit Riomaggiore and explore its typical stone houses with colored façades and slate-roofs. Then head to Vernazza to discover its small port and the Church of Santa Margherita d’Antiochia.
Continue the journey to Monterosso, to savor a typical lunch. Once you finish, relax on one of its amazing beaches. From there, take a boat ride to Manarola. Marvel at the charming ups and downs, with steep narrow alleys leading to the sea before going back to Florence.
Hike through the stunning landscapes, colours, villages and nature of the beautiful Cinque Terre. The hike can be modulated according to the skills and desires of the guests, from a minimum of 2 hours for the hike between two closer villages, up to a 6 hour hike from Manarola to Monterosso. Be prepared for a steep ascent on old stone staircases. Your guide will help you gain the needed elevation on your own tempo, showing you the most characteristic features of this unique area. At the end of the climb, walking along the world famous stone walls, you will be rewarded by the astonishing view over the gulf and the different villages.
Start the tour by meeting your experience hiking guide in the little square at the entrance to the tunnel at Manarola Station. Then, set off on a half-day hike towards Corniglia discovering breathtaking views and hidden villages of the Cinque Terre along the way During the route, navigate your way up ancient stone staircases along the coastline, taking in the bright colors of the villages and unforgettable picturesque landscapes. Be prepared for a few steep ascents which a rewarded by breathtaking views. Your guide will help you gain the needed elevation at your own tempo, showing you the most characteristic features of this unique area. At the end of the climb, walk along the world-famous stone walls and soak up the astonishing panoramas over the gulf and the different villages. The entire hike has an elevation gain of 1500 feet over approximately 3.2 miles.
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Fully loaded day! Do note, this is a tour is in a large group (~30 people), but this caused no problem - easy to hear guide, great to meet like minded people too. Emmanuel and Mano were our guides for the day - entertaining, insightful and very helpful. Highly recommend having the meal (~15 euro each), some of the best food we had. The views all along the hike are stunning - you can go at your own pace, there’s no rush, so we do recommend this A fantastic (busy) day, and a memory we will treasure
Fabulous tour. Our guide Daniella was very informative. Educational and focused on our group and our individual enjoyment. He lead the hike from Corniglia to Vernazza and gave the option to those who didn’t want to hike. He wrote out train schedules to ensure we would all be at the meeting place. The tows are beautiful and the scenery spectacular. The bus ride was also comfortable and again Daniella educated us on history and interesting facts along the way
It was a very long day but so worth every minute. We were able to see so much in one day yet did not feel rushed at all. Alessandro and Chris made the day, best tour guides ever! We liked our first trip with them so much, we sought them out for second day of touring.
I would recommend this tour to everyone. Such a great experience and value for money. Brilliantly lead by our Tour guides Manolo. Don’t think twice, trust me, it will be worth your time.
Manolo and Gabrial were amazing . They gave good recommendations too. I am a vegetarian and did not find any issues with food too. Quite informative trip.