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From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour

1. 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 Monterosso: Cinque Terre Kayak Tour

2. From Monterosso: Cinque Terre Kayak Tour

Explore the charming villages of Cinque Terre with this tour along the Italian Riviera coastline. The tour will start on the beach of Monterosso towards Vernazza paddling alongside an expert guide, you will pass hidden coves, rugged cliffs and the bright, pastel hues of the five villages.  Coasting the amazing cliffs of this area, you will reach the beach of Guvano and then Corniglia. Pause to stretch out on the beach or cool off with a swim before continuing on your journey. An exclusive experience to visit the Cinque Terre National Park off the beaten track during the less crowded seasons. The surprising mild temperatures between autumn and spring and the incredible variety of colors are the key to a unique experience: visit the Cinque Terre from a different perspective. A lunch break in Vernazza will be the best solution to relax facing the sea and explore this little village.

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Cinque Terre: Market Tour & Meal with a Local Cook

3. Cinque Terre: Market Tour & Meal with a Local Cook

Make a beautiful meal and a beautiful memory with a market tour and home-cooked dinner hosted by a local chef. Arrive at the home of your expert cook. Explore the market and shop like a local. Learn how to recognize the best produce. Afterward, return to your host’s home and enjoy a private cooking demonstration. Gain insight into Italian cuisine as your host reveals the secrets of her family’s cookbook. Watch as a delicious meal is prepared before your eyes. Once the food is ready, sit down at an authentic Italian dinner. Enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with a side dish, and dessert. Chat with your host as you share a delicious meal together. Enjoy a selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, as well as an after-dinner coffee. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.

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La Spezia Cinque Terre Food Tour

4. La Spezia Cinque Terre Food Tour

La Spezia is a small town, and one of the best places to stay while visiting the amazing Cinque Terre and other beautiful places like Porto Venere and Pisa. It has a mixed culinary tradition, coming from Liguria and Tuscany. You will dive into La Spezia Cinque Terre's food scene, enjoying traditional dishes and the best street food specialities. This dining experience incorporates five traditional and street foods served in different eateries. You will be starting with an entree, and ending with a typical Italian dessert or a delicious ice-cream. You will taste some of the following dishes on the tour: Sgabei and Frisco: small fried pancake with vegetables and fritters made from bread dough. Mesciua: chickpea, beans and wheat grains soup, typical of La Spezia. Testaroli or Panigacci: a sort of pancake, boiled and enriched with pesto, oil, parmisan cheese and mushroms sauce, alternatively baked, served with cheese and cured meat. Farinata:a delicious chickpea pancake cooked in a flaming oven. The best one is soft in the center with a lighty crisp coating. Ice cream or dessert: enjoy the finest artisanal  treats in La Spezia!  

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From Florence: Cinque Terre Full-Day Trip with Lunch

5. 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 La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour with Limoncino Tasting

6. 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.

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From Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Lunch

7. From Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Lunch

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, pastel-colored houses rising over the cobalt-blue sea. Enjoy the delicious traditional meal such as pasta al pesto and tastes of local fish at one of the local restaurants. Move on towards Monterosso, another charismatic attraction of Cinque Terre. Know about the history of the place from your experienced guide and enjoy some free time to explore the relaxing beaches, and local shops of the village. Head down to one of the many stunning beaches for a refreshing swim or stroll through the streets for a unique shopping experience in the typical “botteghe” of the village.

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Cinque Terre Sunset Boat Tour

8. Cinque Terre Sunset Boat Tour

Departing from Monterosso, enjoy a welcome drink as you sail across the Cinque Terre, all the way to Riomaggiore and Punta Montenero on the south-east side of the National Park. Take a swimming break in a secluded bay, diving into the clear waters of the Ligurian sea. Once you're all back on the boat, navigate towards Punta Mesco, across the most north-western point of Cinque Terre National Park. Admire the fascinating landscape of lights and colors, and if you are lucky, spot some dolphins breaching the sea surface. In a unique atmosphere that only this picturesque bay at sunset can offer, enjoy a savory, rich Italian "aperitivo" made with fresh, regional ingredients.

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Cinque Terre: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

9. Cinque Terre: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private dining experience at a local's home. You will enjoy an exclusive show cooking and tasting authentic recipes that have been treasured in family cookbooks passed down by authentic Italian "mammas". You can feel the warmth of Italian hospitality, as you connect with local people. A 4-course menu including a starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, and dessert will be served, with drinks included (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee).

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Cinque Terre Private Tour with Wine Tasting

10. Cinque Terre Private Tour with Wine Tasting

Explore one of the most impressive village complexes in Europe on a private full-day tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cinque Terre. Get impressive views of the rocky coast of Liguria along the way. Catch the Cinque Terre Express train from La Spezia station and discover the charming, traffic-free villages of Monterosso, Riomaggiore, Vernazza and Corniglia according to your preferences. Decide which of the villages you want to explore most. Continue to Manarola to visit the vineyards and take part in a wine tasting. Get the chance to stop at a typical wine shop and sample some of the best wines from Cinque Terre before you make your way back to La Spezia.

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What people are saying about Cinque Terre

The trip and our guide (Andrea) were excellent! The weather was iffy and they called me about 1.5 hours prior to say the waters were fine. They asked that we arrive 30 minutes early but we planned on 15 as posted on the site when we booked. I told her we would not be able to arrive 30 minutes early but would do our best. She said it was necessary. We arrived 15 early but one person arrived after the start time and the tour waited. It just added stress that was totally unnecessary. Again, we loved the kayaking and our guide was excellent. Our group of four ranged in age from 55 to 20. I highly recommend.

It's very worthwhile we did manarola, Monterosso we returned to Vernazza by boat and then the last one was Riomaggiore. Going with a guide makes it easier as it facilitates tickets and train schedules for better use of time

The tour was amazing, thanks to Giuseppe and weather. This tour should be in the list: "to do in Cinque Terre".

Very interesting guide who makes you want to visit his region In addition he spoke top French !!!

Highly recommended! Had a really nice day on the boat.