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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 Tour: Porto Venere, Monterosso and Vernazza

3. Cinque Terre Tour: Porto Venere, Monterosso and Vernazza

Board the ferry at La Spezia and start your boat trip to Porto Venere. Cruise for approximately 30-minutes before reaching Porto Venere. Disembark the ferry for a walk through the town. Porto Venere is a fortified seaside village filled with colorful houses and medieval buildings. During your tour, you will pass the Church of San Pietro, one of the most religious buildings in all of Italy, before walking through narrow streets. Pass the Church of San Lorenzo and enjoy panoramic views at Doria's fortress. Before returning to the ferry, you’ll have some free time to explore Porto Venere on your own. Board the ferry and continue on your tour along the Cinque Terre coastline. Relax onboard for approximately 50 minutes as you pass by the seaside villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, and Corniglia. Next stop is Monterosso. Here you will reach the medieval center in a few steps, where you can admire the parish church dedicated to San John the Baptist. Then, admire the landscapes from Torre Aurora and the large beach by Fegina. Arrive at Vernazza, where you will disembark to explore the unique village. Walk around Vernazza, a small village with an imposing fortification system. Here you will see the Church Santa Margherita d'Antiochia and walk down the main street filled with colorful houses. Walk to a viewing point in the village and see views of Doria's fortress.

La Spezia: Boat Tour to Cinque Terre

4. La Spezia: Boat Tour to Cinque Terre

Discover the beautiful Cinque Terre National Park on a guided boat tour in La Spezia. Enjoy picturesque views of the coast as you explore the village of Riomaggiore and find a cozy tavern for lunch. Swim in the waters of Palmaria island before admiring the colorful houses of Porto Venere. Make your way to Porto Mirabello in La Spezia to meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Get on board your boat and wave goodbye to the coast as you set sail on the Ligurian Sea. Feel the excitement as you approach the first village in the Cinque Terre National Park, making port at Riomaggiore. Be blown away by this idyllic harbor and stroll along the paths under charming colorful houses. Have 2 hours of free time to explore and find somewhere to eat. Depart from Riomaggiore and make your way along the coast to Porto Venere and the island of Palmaria. Jump off the boat to swim in the serene waters and bring a snorkel along to meet the tropical fish. Disembark at Porto Venere with more free time to go sightseeing before returning to La Spezia.

Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Vernazza Boat Cruise

5. 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.

La Spezia: Sunset Boat Tour with Aperitif

6. La Spezia: Sunset Boat Tour with Aperitif

Enjoy the sunset from the water with an afternoon boat tour from La Spezia. Ride with ease across the water towards Palmaria Island, and make a visit to Portovenere Town. Make stops along the way to swim directly from the boat, and enjoy an aperitif of local production as the sun sets and fills the sky with delicate colors. Meet your captain and depart from Porto Mirabello towards Palmaria Island. Take in the sights as you enjoy the sensation of being at peace on the water. Discover the town of Portovenere and Parco delle cinque terre and learn all about the area from your guide. Taste provided appetizers, only from local products, such as fresh fruit and a glass of local wine. Stop and swim directly off of the boat, and finish the tour watching the sunset in a completely relaxing and serene environment.

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Cruise Shore Excursion

7. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Cruise Shore Excursion

Once you arrive at the port of La Spezia, meet your tour leader at the cruise terminal. Take a 20-minute walk to arrive at the train station from where you will begin your adventure. On the walk, you will discover the beautiful city center of La Spezia. Trains are undoubtedly the ideal means of transportation to explore the area, in just 15 minutes, passing through the sheer heights of the Ligurian Sea, you will reach Vernazza, one of the most colorful villages in the area. Here you can enjoy some free time in this picturesque village, characterized by pastel-colored houses with beautiful views of crystal clear waters. The second stop will be Monterosso, the largest of the Cinque Terre villages, which also owns a stunning beach characterized by fine white sand and a clear and transparent sea. Here you will have a surprise reserved for you, a tasting of delicious Limoncino in a traditional shop. This exquisite liqueur is ideal to toast for the wonderful day that you are spending, immersed in the nature, colors, and flavors of this fascinating and unique land. After having some free time in Monterosso, take the train to Riomaggiore, the last stop before coming back to La Spezia. This small village, like the other four, offers breathtaking views of the coast, as well as glimpses of the daily lives of the fishermen with their traditional boats that you will see tied to the port. Also, if you are staying at La Spezia, choose the best starting point for you: the cruise port or the train station.

From La Spezia: Round-Trip to Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion

8. From La Spezia: Round-Trip to Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion

Visit Pisa with this shore excursion from La Spezia. Upon debarking, you will take one of the free shuttle buses from the pier to the terminal to travel to the local partner's bus. Once having boarded, it will be time to begin your tour of Pisa. You will walk through Piazza Dei Miracoli to admire its monuments, including the Leaning Tower, the cathedral, the baptistery, and much more. After a short walk you will have free time to enjoy an ice cream tasting before relaxing by the central square. You'll also be welcome to visit inside the Leaning Tower with the purchase of a ticket. At the conclusion of your experience, you'll return to La Spezia to re-board your ship.

La Spezia: Gulf of Poets Boat Trip

9. La Spezia: Gulf of Poets Boat Trip

Sail along the western coast of the Gulf of Poets and admire villages that makeup Borgate Marinare. Cross the Le Bocche strait and stop at coves in the Portovenere Archipelago. Stop at the Blue Grotto, the Stella Maris, and the Portoro Marble Quarrie, and pass by a mussel farm. Start the sailing trip by following the western coast of the Gulf of Poets until you reach Portovenere. Admire the village of Portovenere and the wild Palmaria Island before stopping at a cove in Portovenere Archipelago, where you will have the chance to go for a swim. Hop back on board and head to the Blue Grotto. After seeing the Blue Grotto, visit Stella Maris and the Portoro Marble Quarries. See Byron's Grotto, where legend has it, Lord Byron lived and would swim across the bay. Discover the small town Lerici, where Mary and Percy Shelley lived, and other gems, including Tellaro and the Fiascherino's Bay. Stop in the bay and go for a swim behind Lerici's Medieval Castle. On the way back, pass by the local mussel farms.

From Florence: Round Trip Transfer to Cinque Terre

10. 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.

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What people are saying about La Spezia

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,456 reviews

We booked just the transfer from La Spezia. Excellent coach, driver and guide. It would have saved a lot of worry if the instructions for the meet stated that it was just outside the cruise terminal. Be warned it is a long hot walk from the coach to the tower. (Not the coach companies fault).

The day started with precise communication of the boats whereabouts, meet-up point etc by the terrific captain. Sailing around Cinque Terre, Rio Maggiore and Porto Venere was beyond expectations and all 6 of us were reluctant to end the day. Highly recommended!

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.