Vernazza Village Florence

Cinque Terre and Portovenere from Florence in One Day

Unique Experience
4.88
Out of 195 Reviews
  • Duration
    13 h.
  • Start time
    07:15
  • Meeting Point
    Piazza dell’Unità Italiana (Details at Booking)
  • Operating Days
    Mon, Tue, Fri
  • Language
    English
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 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
Riomaggiore Sea and Houses View

Cinque Terre and Portovenere in a Day

Explore the best of the Cinque Terre and Portovenere by land and sea bundled into one perfectly planned day trip from Florence. See for yourself why they have won such acclaim.

Manarola Coast View

Cruise the 'Gulf of Poets'

Admire this spectacular landscape between the sun, land and sea from the water with insight from your guide. This is by far the best vantage point to see this string of enchanting villages.

Monterosso Sea View

Immerse Yourself in Nature

Seize the chance to get off the beaten path on an optional nature walk through the terraced vineyards and lush vegetation above Monterosso al Mare then go for a swim in the Mediterranean Sea.

Description

Embark on an incredible journey to experience some of Italy's most breathtaking scenery. The City Wonders Cinque Terre and Portovenere tour from Florence will pack your day with an authentic taste of the Italian Riviera, where small maritime villages huddle near the sea and cling to the rocks in unbroken harmony with nature. It is no wonder why this area's history and traditions have been awarded the status of World Heritage Site by UNESCO and inspired artists, writers and visitors to absorb its delightful atmosphere.

The day begins with a short 2 hour ride on a comfortable private coach from Florence to La Spezia during which one of our top guides will provide captivating commentary on local points of interest as you pass from the region of Tuscany to Liguria. You will spot the massive Carrara marble quarries where Michelangelo used to go, and learn how the rocky Ligurian coast was settled over the centuries due to the hard work of its inhabitants.

The first ferry will take you across the 'Gulf of Poets' to the enchanting seaside town of Portovenere, famous for its tall pastel-colored houses and evocative views from the ruins of Doria Castle, where you will have free time to explore. See why this impressive landscape was so admired by Petrarch, Shelley, Byron and Montale whose musings immortalized it, and be sure to try the regional specialty – pesto – where it was invented.

From here you will embark on a mesmerizing hour-long cruise up the coastline to the Cinque Terre, where the landscape is dominated by dramatic green hills that plummet into crystalline waters.

As the last signs of civilization begin to fade away you will begin to spot the vivid colors of the little towns overlooking the seashore: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso, the latter of which is our second stop.

Enjoy a pleasant break from the tour to try local flavors, such as the gluten-free chickpea flour farinata, or mussels with Cinque Terre DOC white wine and explore its little alleys. There is also an optional hike to the Capuchin Monastery on a summit that stands over beautiful rooftops, terraced vineyards and the sea. Beach lovers will want to make sure to bring their swimsuit, as the sand and emerald water will beckon.

Now it's 'all aboard' as you are taken by train to Vernazza, characterized by its narrow streets and square on an idyllic harbor. Just when you think you've seen the all the beauty possible, we'll travel further down the shores to Riomaggiore for its sweeping views and vibrant nature. Once again, you'll be able to discover the area on your own and even one final aperitivo to bid farewell to this extraordinary place in the rays of the waning sun.

Don't be surprised if you ask yourself as you head back to the railway station, reach the bus and return to Florence just how this dream came to be. Pinch yourself and remember that memories last a lifetime.

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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

What's not included

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Food and beverages

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.

Cinque Terre and Portovenere from Florence in One Day Reviews

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Gave good insight and...

Gave good insight and knew where we had to be and when we had to be there.

Simons, was truly awesome...

Simons, was truly awesome. She explained a lot of things in the way to Cinque Terre plus when we arrived she told us what seats to sit in for the best view on the boat. Plus where to eat on each Island. This trip is great you gave enough time to explore each Island with only using 1 day of your vacation. Thanks Simona!!

Very knowledgeable...

Very knowledgeable humorous and entertaining. Great experience, would highly recommend this tour and guide.

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With City Wonders it's not just facts, our passionate guides tell you the stories that bring the sights to life.

  • All of our guides are experts in their field
  • We only hire fluent English-speakers so nothing is ever lost in translation
  • We focus on the little details and anecdotes that make City Wonders so special

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