Day Tour of Cinque Terre from Florence with Visit to Portovenere
Experience the tranquility of Manarola, Vernazza and Monterosso, the ancient fishing villages on the Cinque Terre coast that were isolated from the rest of the world for centuries before they became one of Italy’s most sought-after attractions. Sail to the town of Portovenere on the Ligurian coast and admire the confluence of stunning architecture and breathtaking natural beauty.
- Tour three of the five charming villages along the Cinque Terre coast.
- Swim in the Mediterranean, off the sandy coast of Monterosso.
- Take a 1-hour boat ride to Portovenere and check out the amazing architectural masterpieces there.
Why You Shouldn’t Miss This
Cinque Terre is amongst the most enigmatic areas in Italy owing to the fact that it was isolated from the rest of the country for many centuries. With the sea on one side and the unsurmountable mountains on the other, the five ancient fishing villages of the Liguria region remained unaffected by foreign influence for a long time. Much of the villages’ charm can be attributed to the absence of tarred roads between some of the settlements, the unique culture of the locals, the exquisite cuisine and the brightly coloured buildings that sit serenely on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline.
Manarola, Vernazza, and Monterosso are the three charming villages you will be visiting on this tour. Each of these hamlets has a fundamentally distinguishing characteristic. For instance, Manarola is known for Sciacchetrà, the local wine. Monterosso is famous for its picturesque beach and view of the Mediterranean. Vernazza, on the other hand, is Cinque Terre's only natural port and well-known for its elegant houses.
Apart from these three villages, you will also have the opportunity to visit Portovenere, an ancient township with a rich history. Amazingly enough, buildings that date all the way back to the 1st Century BC are still standing in this region. The Gothic Church of St. Peter, the Romanesque Church of St. Lawrence and Le Grazie are some of the primary medieval attractions in Portovenere. The Azzura or Blue Cave, the shoal of Dante and the Cavity of the Doves are just a few of the many splendid natural wonders here.
Delve into the awe-inspiring land of the five villages in the Ligurian region of Italy. This tour includes a comprehensive exploration of three of the villages. Manarola will be your first destination. The wine here has been popular for centuries, prompting even the ancient Romans to famously having praised the quality. The summer months are the best time to visit this place. You will then move on to Vernazza, a village that has remained true to its roots as a fishing village. There are no cars on the roads. For many, walking around a town that is completely devoid of traffic might serve as a unique and deeply enjoyable experience. Monterosso is the final village you will visit in the Cinque Terre area. Relish a leisurely swim in the Mediterranean and enjoy the warm sunlight as you relax on the gorgeous beach.
You will then be taken to the town of Portovenere, which has also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site alongside Cinque Terre, by boat. Stroll through the beautiful streets of the town and admire the memorials, natural sites and Romanesque and Gothic monuments littered around the place. A short boat ride back to La Spezia will end the tour.
- Travel by GT coach or the air-conditioned minivan
- Multilingual tour escort
- Free time to explore Monterosso, Manarola and Vernazza as well as Portovenere
- Ferry boat and train tickets
Know Before You Go
The tour begins at 2:45 PM.
From November 16th to March 14th, the tour is available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday in Spanish and English. The tour is available on Monday and Saturday in Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Italian, French, German, and Portuguese.
From March 15th to November 15th, you can take the tour on any day of the week in English and Spanish. On Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday, the tour is available in French, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, and German. The tour is also available in Italian on Saturday and Sunday.
Moderate Cancellation Policy
You may cancel your tickets up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund.
You will receive an email confirmation along with your mobile voucher shortly. You can show your mobile or printed voucher along with some valid photo ID before the tour commences.
Viale F.lli Rosselli 44, 50123 Firenze FI, at the corner with Via Gabbuggiani.
How to Get There
Take the metro and get off at the Stazione Leopolda station. A 4-minute walk from the station will lead you straight to the meeting point.
This tour is valid for the date selected at the time of booking.
Viale F.lli Rosselli at the corner with Via Gabbuggiani, Florence