Cinque Terre and Portovenere from Florence in One Day

Cinque Terre and Portovenere from Florence in One Day

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Tour Highlights

  • Round-trip transportation from Florence via private coach
  • Ferry tickets with 1.5 hour Cinque Terre cruise
  • Free time to explore Portovenere, Monterosso, Vernazza and Riomaggiore
  • Train tickets for short transfers between the towns by land
  • English-speaking tour guide with expert commentary
  • Optional 45-minute nature walk with tour leader
  • Groups of 25 people or fewer

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Experience the magic of the Cinque Terre and Portovenere tour from Florence in a single day, and find out why UNESCO has declared this magnificent region a World Heritage Site. The scenery will leave you breathless, as you taste local specialties and even have a chance for a dip in the sea.

Tour Description

The cruise across the Gulf of Poets will bring you to the town of Portovenere, one of the most stunning places on the West Coast of Italy. You’ll notice fishermen’s boats docked daintily by the beach, colorful homes peppering the scenery, an old castle looming on the horizon, churches standing omnipresent. It’s quite breathtaking. Enjoy free time to explore this beautiful village on your own, seeing what you want, wherever your fancy carries you.

We’ll once again catch the boat and continue our cruise up the Ligurian coast, because there is no better way to admire the beautiful UNESCO world heritage site of Cinque Terre National Park than from the sea! See how the inhabitants overcame the challenge of nature’s steep and uneven hillsides, creating unique towns with unparalleled views, with homes that stretch back through the centuries.

After a pleasant 1.25 hour cruise, we’ll stop at Monterosso, the largest town among the Cinque Terre. Dine on a local dish of pesto as you please, selecting that which tempts your taste buds most. Stroll, shop, sit, swim (don’t forget to pack your swimsuit just in case you’d like to take a dip in the sea) or even hike!

To make the most out of this Cinque Terre experience, we offer an optional 45 minutes light hike, for those who want to see the stunning mainland and coastline scenery from a different perspective. Let your tour leader guide you through the terraced vineyards, the ancient olive groves and the spectacular panoramic views that will stay in your memories forever. After the hike, you will still be able to enjoy free time and wander around the charming town of Monterosso. So, the choice is entirely yours!

Then it is “all aboard!” as you are taken by train to the charming town of Vernazza, characterized by its narrow streets and small square looking out over the sea. It is so picturesque it will seem like you’ve stepped into a Renaissance painting. But it is entirely authentic, we can assure you.

At this point you’ll be satiated, feeling you’ve seen the prettiest small harbour in the world. But you haven’t. Not quite yet. Not until you reach our final destination of Riomaggiore. Here in this tiny village perched high atop a cliff dropping straight into the sea, you’ll be dazzled with sweeping views of the tiny harbour, full of colourful boats and vibrant natural formations. Once again, take your time to amble around the area on your own and discover everything fate has in store for you.

Be sure to savor your final sampling of the Liguria region’s famous flavors, including its highly prized pesto, because soon you’ll be back on board the train for a quick ride to your private air-conditioned coach to Florence. Use this return trip to rest while relishing in the wonderful memories just collected on this one-of-a-kind tour. You deserve it.

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What's included

  • Round-trip transport from Florence
  • Public ferry tickets
  • 1.5 hour cruise
  • Local train tickets
  • Free time in Portovenere, Monterosso, Vernazza and Riomaggiore
  • Optional light hike with tour leader
  • Expert local guide
  • Audio headsets when appropriate

Sites Visited

  • Gulf of Poets
  • Portovenere
  • Monterosso
  • Vernazza
  • Manarola

Meeting Point

FAQs

  • How will I recognize the guide?

    Our City Wonders coordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets at the meeting point for easy recognition and holding a sign with the tour name.

  • What time should I arrive at the meeting point?

    Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time of the tour.

  • Where do I meet with my tour and guide?

    The meeting point differs from tour to tour. Upon booking you will receive a confirmation voucher containing your tour details and some important information. There, you will find the meeting point details along with some images, tips, links to Google Maps and GPS coordinates.

    All our meeting points are located close to metro stations and are easy to access. Our Customer Care Team is also happy to provide guidance and help with locating your tour meeting point.

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