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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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Florence Boat Tour

3. Florence Boat Tour

See Florence from a whole new perspective, with a relaxing and leisurely cruise down the Arno River. Hop on board the “barchetto”, one of only four original traditional wooden boats left in Florence. A traditional rower will steer you through the water with a long, sweeping oar. Your guide will tell you about the secrets and history of the Arno River as you cruise on its calm waters and admire the beautiful Palazzos that frame its ancient riverbed. See the Uffizi and the charming Ponte Vecchio from the water, and hear stories of the mysterious Vasari Corridor. You will also have the chance to pass under the Santa Trinita Bridge and the amazing Palazzo Corsini. Enjoy a refreshing glass of wine onboard, to celebrate your romantic evening in Florence! See and experience a new side of this special city from the comfort of a traditional, gondola-style boat.

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From Florence: Full-Day Private Cinque Terre w/ Pisa

4. From Florence: Full-Day Private Cinque Terre w/ Pisa

In Manarola, explore myriads of narrow alleys and pretty pastel squares that epitomize the man-made beauty of the Cinque Terre. Then reach Vernazza on a shared boat ride from where you’ll be able to appreciate the natural beauty of the Cinque Terre. At Vernazza, enjoy free time for lunch and wander around this enchanting little town. The town of Vernazza, dominated by the terraced slopes of the surrounding hills, boast a delightful harbor area, beach, and a fascinating labyrinth of back alleys to explore. Not to mention numerous viewing points from which photographers can capture the beauty of the towns and its location. After spending a captivating day on this tour before heading back to Florence or your chosen location, you will drive up to Corniglia, the only Cinque Terre town not located directly on the water. Corniglia is the ideal place to finish this day tour of the Cinque Terre as you can enjoy some of the best views of the Cinque Terre from the town belvedere while exploring this enchanting medieval town. On the way back to Florence, make a stop in Pisa for stunning photos of the leaning tower in Piazza dei Miracoli. 

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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 Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Lunch

6. 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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From Florence: Private Full-Day Tour of the Ligurian Coast

7. From Florence: Private Full-Day Tour of the Ligurian Coast

Admire the sight of the white marble quarries of the Apuan Alps as you drive through the "azure motorway" along a stretch of Tyrrhenian coast, before entering the Liguria territory. Soon you will reach Riomaggiore, a beautiful village of the Cinque Terre, characterized by medieval coloured tower-houses, steps, alleys and small squares, between two steep terraces.  From here, you will take a train to Manarola, the small village of the Cinque Terre in the gorge of a high promontory among vines, olive trees and fragrant Mediterranean maquis. The next small village in the Cinque Terre lies in the gorge of a high promontory among vines and olive trees. You continue onward and reach Vernazza, one of the most beautiful hamlets in Italy, a jewel perched on a rocky promontory which stretches out towards the sea with a small port against green hills. Admire the houses from the beach with the colours tarnished by salt and disappear among the lanes with dozens of shops. Indulge in the seafood cuisine served in a traditional Italian restaurant. Next admire the beauty of the Cinque Terra from the sea in a boat along the stretch of water between Vernazza and Portovenere. The cruise will require one hour of navigation embracing the arch of the beautiful rugged coast featuring the picturesque villages you have just visited. Portovenere awaits you following the cruise and is a gemstone rich in history and art, nestled amongst a breathtaking and unique natural landscape. Take a walk along the seaside and among the shops that sell authentic products and local handicrafts then visit the Gothic Church of San Pietro (1198), decorated with the typical white and black bands, perched on top of a high promontory and built on the remains of a Roman temple dedicated to the goddess Venus. Then, at the tour’s conclusion, admire the medieval sculptures of the Collegiate of San Lorenzo (1130) and the imposing Castello Doria overlooking the hamlet. In case of adverse weather conditions, the transfer will take place by minivan instead of by boat.

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From Florence: Cinque Terre Full-Day Trip with Hiking

8. From Florence: Cinque Terre Full-Day Trip with Hiking

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 beautiful route overlooking the sea.

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Florence: Sunset Gondola Tour

9. Florence: Sunset Gondola Tour

The Arno river is the history of Florence. It was its first supply source, and initially divided the city before uniting it through its marvelous Middle Ages and Renaissance bridges. Its riverbanks house some of the most beautiful ancient noble palaces, and nowadays it perfectly reflects the romantic, elegant, and slow flowing soul of Florence. This tour will let you discover this soul at the most picture-perfect moment of the day: aperitivo time. This important time of the day is right before dinner, right before sunset, when Florence is flooded by the most magical light, and even the cold stones seem soft and warm. You will meet your guide before enjoying a nice short walk through Piazza Signoria and under the Uffizi Gallery, seeing the Pontevecchio (old bridge) from the bank, all the way through to the “embarcadero”. Here you will climb aboard a “barchetto”, a Florenctine Gondola, one of the very few traditional wooden boats left in Florence. Your Gondola will be conducted by an authentic “barcaiolo”, a traditional Florentine boatman that will guide your boat with his long-reaching pole. There will be no noisy engines, only the charm of tradition and the voice of your expert guide to unveil the secrets of the Arno River. As you push through its calm waters, you will pass under the magnificent Florentine bridges and discover its history and the beautiful Palazzos that frame its ancient riverbed. Following your Gondola ride, you will enjoy a refreshing “aperitivo” with a glass of cool wine to celebrate your romantic stay in Florence.

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From Florence: Cinque Terre Small Group Tour with Lunch

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Florence

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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.