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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.

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Sailing Tour by Speedboat

2. 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 the five picturesque villages characterized by pastel-colored houses on a 4-hour boat 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 the local specialties such as focaccia with anchovies or delicious gelato. Pass through the famous muscle farms while returning to La Spezia. 

Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Vernazza Boat Cruise

3. 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.

Manarola: Cinque Terre Wine Tasting

4. Manarola: Cinque Terre Wine Tasting

Discover a hidden gem in Manarola and taste the world-famous Cinque Terre wines. Try 3 different varieties while tasting local delicacies and learn about the history and tradition behind the wine-making processes. Visit a former wine cellar located in the center of Manarola, near the little harbor. Completely renovated, the Bar-Enoteca is a place where people meet, drink wine, listen to good music – sometimes live – and enjoy delicious local food. Here you’ll try three exceptional varieties of local wine. First, the Cinque Terre white wine DOC, followed by a Cinque Terre red wine IGT, and finally a tasting of the famous Sciacchetrà, the sweet wine known around the world. The wine tasting will be accompanied by some light snacks. You’ll enjoy an evening of taste and culture in a region famous for it.

Milan: Cinque Terre Full-Day Guided Trip With Cruise

5. 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 Florence: Round Trip Transfer to Cinque Terre

6. From Florence: Round Trip Transfer to Cinque Terre

Take a day-long adventure away from Florence to the UNESCO world heritage site of Cinque Terre. A series of 5 secluded villages built onto verdant seaside cliffs and only connected to one another world via boats and trains, Cinque Terre is one of Italy’s national treasures. Your trip begins early in the morning, when you’ll meet your guide in Florence to begin the scenic, 2.5-hour drive to La Spezia. 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 — the other 4 villages, Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Monterosso al Mare, and Corniglia, are all easily accessible by boat or train. Wander the cobblestone streets and marvel at the closely-packed, pastel houses rising up over the cobalt-blue sea. Head down to one of the many stunning beaches for white sand and clear water. Enjoy a lovely Italian meal, overlooking the vast sea cliffs.  After a full day hopping between the picturesque villages, you’ll meet back in La Spezia to head back to Florence.

Authentic Pesto cooking class in Vernazza at Cinque Terre

7. Authentic Pesto cooking class in Vernazza at Cinque Terre

Discover the traditions behind the famous Pesto sauce and learn to prepare it from a local foodie and cooker at the beautiful Cinque Terre. Merge yourself in a typical Italian atmosphere, in the center of Vernazza and feel like a master chef for one day. Meet your friendly local chef and get ready to improve your cooking skills; you will use the freshest ingredients, such as basil and pine nuts. You will learn to prepare the Pesto with the mortar, in the most traditional way, while learning curiosities about Ligurian culinary traditions. At the end of the class, take a sit and enjoy the fruits of your labor with your friends and family. You'll taste pesto with focaccia, olives, caciotta cheese, 3 extra virgin olive oil tasting and 3 fine wines. Don't forget to take with you the recipe for surprising your guest back home!

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour

8. 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. 

Cinque Terre: Wine Tasting and Walking Tour

9. Cinque Terre: Wine Tasting and Walking Tour

Have a sensory wine tasting experience in Manarola with three different Cinque Terre white wines. You’ll use your senses of sight, smell, and of course, taste, to fully enjoy the delicious wine from different cellars, then take a light walk and learn about the wine’s history.  The ambiance created with music and lighting will support your sensory wine tasting experience. You’ll taste three different white wines from different farms, complemented by delicious Ligurian focaccia and Taggiasca olives.  The tasting will be followed by a light walk on a beautiful path with a view of the vineyards, ending with a panoramic view of Manarola. The tour will be guided by an English or Italian-speaking professional sommelier, who will teach you about the land through its history. An experience that is sure to give you a unique perspective on wine.

Florence: Cinque Terre Small-Group Day Trip

10. Florence: Cinque Terre Small-Group Day Trip

Discover the Cinque Terre on a day trip from Florence and explore the picturesque villages of Vernazza, Corniglia, and Manarola. Travel from Manarola to Vernazza on a panoramic boat, enjoy free time in Vernazza and get breathtaking views of the coast. After driving through Tuscany into Liguria, stop in the first Cinque Terre village of Manarola. Take in panoramic views of the surroundings with spectacular photo opportunities. Explore the narrow alleys and pretty pastel squares that epitomize the beauty of the area, and perhaps sample some renowned local wine at a cozy wine bar (own expense). After your visit to Manarola, meet your tour escort at a prearranged time for your shared boat ride to Vernazza. While on the boat, ogle the dramatic coastline from the water, framed against the hills. Stop at the village of Vernazza, with a large open harbor, castle, and church. Take advantage of free time to walk around and have a relaxing lunch (own expense) at one of the open-air restaurants, or take a stroll through the back streets. Afterward, drive to Corniglia and admire the spectacular views of the land and coast.

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What people are saying about Manarola

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based on 2,470 reviews

Ado, the traveling buddy (doesn’t refer to himself as a guide) was absolutely amazing. Made the whole experience feel easy and was very knowledgeable about the towns along the way and in Cinque Terre. Handled all the questions, we had well. Cinque Terre, WoW! What a beautiful place and yes, what you see on Instagram or online you will see there as is. We really loved this day trip and cannot recommend it enough

Emma and Guido were perfect tour guides, the bus is comfortable, the scenery is beautiful. The boat trip and the train ride are simple, fast and accurate. I recommend it to everyone who wants an unforgettable trip.

We spent five days in Florence and the day of this tour was our favorite one! Anna and Ado were so helpful and informative. Excellent guides!! So much packed into one day! Highly recommend!!!!!!

Sublime output. The Brazilian guide was great. Thank you Sarah. The 5 magnificent lands region. Also shout out to all the fish I've swum with. Top top. Delighted.

Martha was an amazing guide! She answered all of our questions and she provided us with good information at every place. I recommend this activity 100%