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Duration - 13 hours

Type - Cinque Terre & Portovenere Day Trip from Florence - small group tour

Embark on an incredible journey to experience some of Italy's most breathtaking scenery. The 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: 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 Manarola, characterized by its colorful boat-filled harbor 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.

Things to Know:

  • Tour is offered April - October
  • Tour is conducted on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  • Tour departs at 7:15am /tour check in by 7:00am
  • Leave behind the Renaissance treasures of Florence for the day to discover the rugged beauty of the Ligurian coastline
  • Tour operates with a minimum of 4 participants and maximum of 25 people
  • Dine on a local dish as you stroll, shop, people watch or swim (don't forget to pack your swimsuit and towel)
  • Free time in Portovenere, Monterosso, and Manorola
  • Train tickets for short transfers between the towns visited/ticket for 1.5 boat cruise
  • Round-trip transport from Florence in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • Meeting Point: Florence Center City - the tour starts directly from Piazza dell’Unità Italiana - more details are given upon booking
  • Casual Attire, Wear comfortable tennis shoes, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and swimsuit/towel - optional
  • 45-minute optional hike with tour leader available during tour if interested
  • Sites Visited - Gulf of Poets, Portovenere, Monterosso, and Manarola

Additional Info

  • Region Tuscany
  • City Florence to Cinque Terre
  • Duration 13 hours
  • Highlights

    Discover the picturesque villages of Cinque Terre with their pastel-colored buildings and fishing boats huddled in ports. Escaping the city for the day, you will arrive at the coast before you know it, where a boat will be waiting to take you by sea to these magical villages.
    With stops by boat in Portovenere and Monterosso, as well as a train trip to Manarolo you will have plenty of time to get a taste of the local culture not to mention the local cuisine.

  • Pricing & Booking

    $160.00 per person.

    Youth rate is $130.00 per person

    To book this tour, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase).

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily

  • Price 160.00

Duration: 12 hours

Type Of Service: VIP Small-Group Cinque Terre Discovery & Vineyards Escapes Tour with Seafood Lunch

There is nothing better than the VIP Cinque Terre Discovery & Vineyards Escapes to explore a real Italian coastal paradise with the exclusivity of a small-group tour. This is the most complete experience and the only one-day tour to Cinque Terre that will allow you to discover the beauty of the villages while breathing the true relaxed essence of this paradise. A small-group adventure. The personalized attention of a knowledgeable guide. Exclusive escapes from the crowds that will reveal hidden, no touristy, gems. Relaxed savoring of two of the treasures of this region: its cuisine made of ancient traditional recipes and its local unique wines.

Departure from meeting point in the morning, transfer to the North West Riviera with a comfortable air-conditioned minivan.
During the day the guide will introduce guests to this spectacular corner of Italy, famous for its panorama, its wine, its food, beautiful sea and hiking opportunities.
Our comprehensive exploration will include the visit of some of the most beautiful villages and landscapes of Cinque Terre National Park (a world-heritage protected by UNESCO since 1997) which are Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso, the villages clinging to a remote stretch of the Riviera coastline. You will enjoy the five-mile-long rocky coast lined by thousands of dry walls built on terraces cultivated with vineyards, and the small medieval fishing villages built on rock… add to this the incredible color of the sea and the sky, and you may understand what paradise the Cinque Terre really is. Enjoy the most astonishing views either from land and sea, as we stroll along the national park by boat, train, and walking/hiking on the fabulous trails on the cliff (including famous Via dell’Amore - see notes -) in a perfect mix for a memorable experience.
A delicious full lunch with wine tasting in a typical restaurant on the sea is included, thus you will be able to enjoy incredible fresh seafood cooked the Ligurian way, accompanied by some great white wines typical of this region.

An amazing boat ride (weather and sea conditions permitting) will be an additional memorable perspective on the Riviera, to take back home with you the most incredible pictures of this day.
This experience is a unique opportunity to explore Cinque Terre in a day, also enjoying a few enchanting escapes from the crowds of the villages. You will have the chance to admire the astonishing coastal panorama from a high vantage point, with a very light hike on an almost levelled trail through seaside vineyards. Natural amphitheaters of luxuriant vineyards will disclose to your eyes and senses, facing the sea and the open horizon, and you will learn about the unique peculiarities of grape harvesting (that often include incredible steep mono-rails through the vineyards) and wine production of this region.
Get the best out of a day out, join this small group adventure!

Things to Know:

  • Small group tour with 16 people or less
  • Round-trip transportation from Florence in A/C luxury minivan
  • Visit this UNESCO World-Heritage Italian coastal paradise
  • Discover the most beautiful villages of Cinque Terre
  • Enjoy some relaxed escapes from the crowds, through luxuriant panoramic seaside vineyards – light hiking
  • Savor a delicious lunch with seafood and wine tasting in a typical restaurant
  • Magnificent views of the coast on a light hiking trail through vineyards
  • An amazing boat trip to take the most beautiful pictures of Cinque Terre from the sea
  • Tour departs at 8:00am / Tour check-in at by 7:45am
  • Tour offered 7 days @ week to peak season
  • Wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses
  • Meeting point location: -Piazza della Repubblica (next to the APPLE STORE under the loggias, corner with Via Pellicceria) - more details upon booking

 

 

 

Additional Info

  • Region Liguria
  • City Cinque Terre
  • Duration 12 Hours
  • Highlights

    There is nothing better than the VIP Cinque Terre Discovery & Vineyards Escapes to explore this Italian coastal paradise with the exclusivity of a small-group tour. A Cinque Terre day tour from Florence with a delicious seafood lunch and wine tastings.

  • Pricing & Booking

    $260.00 per person to include round-trip transportation.  The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price $260 per person
Published in Cinque Terre

Duration: 10.5 hours

Type Of Service: Daytrip from Milan - Full Day Two Countries: Lake Como Tours with Bellagio and Lugano Switzerland - small group tour

Leave The City for a Day -Trying to decide which beautiful sights of Northern Italy to see and how much time you need to see them? We’ll make it easy for you. Our new day trips from Milan take you to three of the most beautiful and most popular destinations - Lake Como and Bellagio in Italy and Lake Lugano in Switzerland – in just one day!

And Bask in Lake Como's Beauty - Our one-day tours from Milan leave from a central, easy-to-reach location in the city. Your air-conditioned private coach will head straight from Milan to Lake Como, just an hour but a world away. Along the way, your expert, English-speaking guide will make sure you don’t miss any interesting sights and will entertain you with stories about them. We take care of all the details of your trip – including roundtrip transportation from Milan and tickets for a boat tour of Lake Como – all you have to do is show up and relax!

Nestled in the mountains with beautiful scenery that changes with each season, picturesque Lake Como has been Italy’s leading vacation destination for hundreds of years. During our boat tour, you’ll see the beautiful lakeside villas once owned by La Scala’s opera singers and now by headlining celebrities such as George Clooney, Richard Branson and Matthew Bellamy of Muse. You might even recognize villas from the Star Wars and James Bond blockbuster films.

Once in the beautiful city of Bellagio you will have free time explore on your own. Shop from local artisans, enjoy local food in nostalgic restaurants or step in for a quick drink in an ages-old bar, it is entirely up you. Take as many photos as you please in this picturesque town before we board our motor coach once again and continue our journey across the Italian border to Lugano.

We now take a scenic drive through the Alps and across the Swiss border to Lake Lugano. It’s easy to see why this city is one of Switzerland’s most popular vacation destinations. Lugano boasts a beautiful, large lake surrounded by huge and often snow-capped mountains.*

You can spend your afternoon in Lugano as you like with suggestions and directions from your guide. Culture aficionados should visit the church of Santa Maria degli Angioli home to Switzerland’s most important Renaissance painting - the beautiful ‘Passion and Crucifixion’ by Bernardino Luini, whose paintings have been compared to those of Leonardo da Vinci. You be the judge!

Lugano Like A Local - Feel like shopping? In Lugano’s downtown shopping district you’ll find plenty of choices - from luxury goods to, of course, delicious Swiss chocolate. We’ll give you lots of time to explore Lugano before you board the coach and return to Milan in time for dinner.

Combining visits to two countries and three of the area’s most beautiful locations in just one day, our day trips from Milan offer the perfect getaway from the hectic city life of Milan. We’ve taken care of the details, so you can just relax and enjoy the scenery…and so much more.

Sites Visited

  • Bellagio
  • Lugano
  • Lake Como
  • Lake Lugano
  • Free time to visit nearby attractions of your choice

Things to Know:

  • Discover Lake Como, Bellagio and Lugano on this full-day tour
  • Journey through two countries in one day with an expert, English-speaking guide
  • Relax on a 2-hour cruise around Lake Como
  • Take in the Italian Alps and famous villas (including those of George Clooney, Star Wars and James Bond movies!)
  • Stroll through the beautiful town of Bellagio also known as the pearl of Lake Como
  • Wander through the elegant lakeside town of Lugano, Switzerland
  • Small groups of 25 people or less per bus / two air-conditioned buses following each other
  • Passport and driver’s license are needed for this tour to cross the Swiss Border
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking; comfortable walking shoes or tennis shoes are recommended
  • Tour operates April - October
  • Tour is offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
  • Tour Time:  departs at 8:30am / Check-in between 8:00am - 8:15am
  • Meeting Point Location:  Milan Garibaldi Train Station - more details given upon booking

 

 

Additional Info

  • Region Liguria
  • City MilanLake ComoBellagioLugano Switzerland
  • Duration 10.5 Hours
  • Highlights

    The day tour starts when you meet your English-speaking guide in central Milan. From there, a private air-conditioned coach will take you to the Lake Como cruise. Your guide will stay with you all the way to Bellagio and then you are free to explore on your own before heading on to the charming alpine town of Lugano. On this relaxing trip, you’ll soon discover why this magical region is known as a “celebrity playground”. All in one day!

  • Pricing & Booking

    $130.00 per person to include round-trip transportation. 

    The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price $130 per person
Published in Milan/Naples

Duration: 13.5 hours

Type Of Service: Cinque Terre and Portovenere from Milan - small group tour

Leave the City for The Coast - Let us take you on an incredible journey to experience some of Italy's most breath-taking scenery for yourself. 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.

Begin your day aboard a private coach for a transfer from Milan to La Spezia, throughout the journey your expert guide will fill you in on interesting facts and stories about the region of Lombardy to Liguria as you pass by. Leaving the busy city of Milan behind for the day, you will learn how the rocky Ligurian coast was settled over the centuries due to the hard work of its inhabitants.

Ferry to the Famous Dorian Castle - Cruise across the 'Gulf of Poets' by ferry 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 –this is where it was first created!

Cruise the Cinque Terre - From here you will embark on a mesmerizing cruise up the coastline to the Cinque Terre, where the landscape is dominated by dramatic green hills that plummet into crystalline waters. After you’ve had time to explore it’s time to embark on a 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 Some Free Time - Take some time to yourself, try some of the local flavors on offer, like mussels with Cinque Terre DOC white wine, or explore the towns picturesque little streets and 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.

When you think you've seen all of the possible beauty, you'll hop on the boat for our last tour in Manarola, which is considered the oldest of the five lands, famous for its picture-perfect, colorful houses. 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.

Sites Visited

  • Poets’ Gulf
  • Portovenere
  • Monterosso
  • Manarola

Things to Know:

  • Round-trip transport from Milan in a comfortable air-conditioned coach
  • Public boat tickets
  • Free time in Portovenere, Monterosso, Manarola
  • 2 hours boat cruise 
  • 45 mins optional light hike with tour leader
  • Groups of 25 people or fewer.
  • Expert local guide
  • Audio headsets when appropriate
  • Wear comfortable walking or tennis shoes
  • Tour is offered April - October
  • Tour is offered on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Tour Time:  departs at 7:30am / Check-in between 7:00am - 7:15am
  • Meeting Point Location:  Milan Garibaldi Train Station - more details given upon booking

 

 

Additional Info

  • Region Liguria
  • City ManarolaVernazzaCornigliaRiomaggiorePortovenere
  • Duration 13.5 Hours
  • Highlights

    See the best of the Cinque Terre's amazing sea-side towns, as well as visit Portovenere, all in a single day trip from Florence.  Admire the Gulf of Poets and Cinque Terre on a short cruise up the coast, then explore them on foot on your way back down.  Follow your guide on an optional light hike allowing you to truly appreciate the natural beauty of Cinque Terre, or spend your free time tasting pesto or shopping.

  • Pricing & Booking

    $180.00 per person to include round-trip transportation.  The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price $180 per person
Published in Milan/Naples

Duration: 4 - 5 hours

Type Of Service: Florence to Cinque Terre Private Car Transfer Tour with a one-hour stop-over in Pisa

Our car service transfers provide our clients the opportunity to make the most of their time while in Italy enjoying tours of other popular tourist destinations as they travel from one Italian city to another. On our Florence to Cinque Terre car transfer, enjoy a one-hour stop-over in Pisa and spend time at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and the extraordinary Piazza dei Miracoli, as part of your private car transfer from Florence.  Your driver will drop you off at Piazza dei Miracoli and await for your return at the car parking lot.

We can arrange for skip the line tickets for those guests who want to climb the two-hundred eighty-eight steps of the Leaning Tower while in Pisa.  The Leaning Tower tickets are 28 euros per person.

Things to Know

  • Luxury Mercedes vehicle or something similar with air-conditioned with an English-speaking driver
  • Pick-up from Hotel in Florence, with a one-hour stop-over in Pisa
  • All transfers are based on each passenger-carrying maximum 1 standard suitcase and 1 carry-on per person
  • Clients taking our Florence Cinque Terre Transfer can also pay an additional 28 Euro per person for reserved tickets to climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa (please be aware children under 8 years are not allowed to climb the Tower) The climb takes 25 – 30 minutes each way.  There are no hand-railings when climbing the steps and tennis shoes are highly recommended.
  • Private Car Transfers offered 7 days a week between April and October based on availability
  • Two departure times to choose from are; 9:00am – 2:00pm or 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Please be aware that most of the Cinque Terre town centers are not accessible by car, the driver will drop you off at the nearest car parking lot closest to the designated town.

Additional Info

  • Region Liguria
  • City Florence
  • Duration 4 - 5 Hours
  • Highlights

    Private Florence to Cinque Terre Car Transfer includes a stop in Pisa and a chance to climb the Leaning Tower.

  • Pricing & Booking

    2 people - $384 per person / 3 people - $260 per person / 4 people - $210 per person/The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise pricing is confirmed upon booking.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

     
  • Price rates vary according to group size
Published in Cinque Terre

Duration: 13 hours

Type Of Service: Cinque Terre and Portovenere in One Day from Florence

Set sail to Cinque Terre National Park - 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!

Walk the Italian Vineyards - 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!

Train to Manarola - Then it is “all aboard!” as you are taken by train to the oldest town of Manarola, characterized by its colorful boats and waterfront looking out over the blue-grey rocks to 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. 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.

Things to Know:

  • Tour operates late March - October
  • Tour operates Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • Meeting Point: the tour starts directly from Piazza dell’Unità Italiana - more details upon booking
  • Tour check-in at 7:00am / Tour departs at 7:15am
  • Leave behind the Renaissance treasures of Florence for the day to discover the rugged beauty of the Ligurian coastline
  • Dine on a local dish as you stroll, shop, people watch, swim or even take a 30-minute light hike
  • Free time in Portovenere, Monterosso, and Manarola
  • Train tickets for short transfers between the towns /ticket for 1.5-hour boat cruise 
  • Round-trip transport from Florence in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • Casual attire, wear comfortable walking shoes, preferably tennis shoes, cap/visor, sunglasses and a bottle of water (swimsuit and towel – optional)
  • 45-minute optional hike with tour leader available during tour or free time for shopping
  • Small group tour of 25 people or less

 

 

Additional Info

  • Region Liguria
  • City ManarolaMonterossoPortovenere
  • Duration 13 Hours
  • Highlights

    See the best of the Cinque Terre's amazing sea-side towns, as well as visit Portovenere, all in a single day trip from Florence.  Admire the Gulf of Poets and Cinque Terre on a short cruise up the coast, then explore them on foot on your way back down.  

  • Pricing & Booking

    $180.00 per person to include round-trip transportation.  The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price $180 per person
Published in Cinque Terre

Duration: (8:00am - 6:00pm)

Type Of Service: Unique day tours of Cinque Terre from Florence to Manarola, Vernazza, and Corniglia

Departing from: Center City of Florence

A small group tour with no more than 8 passengers.  You will be greeted by your English-Speaking driver/tour guide at a designated location in the center city of Florence.  After driving through Tuscany into the Liguria region, your first stop will be the Cinque Terre village of Manarola.  Enjoy panoramic views and take spectacular pictures of the land and coast.  Manarola is one of the oldest villages of Cinque Terre.  You will explore the narrow alleys and pretty pastel squares that epitomize the area, and perhaps sample some renowned local wine at a cozy wine bar and tavern, as you are exploring.

After you visit Manarola, you will meet your tour escort at a prearranged time for your shared boat ride to Vernazza.  While on the boat, admiring the dramatic coastline from the water, framed against the hills will arrive at your second stop at the village of Vernazza, arguably the most beautiful of the five villages with a large open harbor, castle, and church.  You will enjoy some free time to walk around and have a relaxing lunch(lunch cost is clients responsibility) at one of the open-air restaurants that line the waterfront, or pick up some snacks/picnic lunch and enjoy a picnic lunch down by the water or stroll through the back streets for impressive views along the coast.  

After your visit to Vernazza, you will meet your tour escort who will drive you to Corniglia, where you will enjoy panoramic views and take some of the most spectacular pictures.

Things to Know:

  • Leave behind the Renaissance treasures of Florence for the day to discover the rugged beauty of the Ligurian coastline
  • Visit three of the five villages that make up Cinque Terre, one of Italy's most scenic destinations
  • Tour operates with a minimum of 4 participants and maximum of 8 (semi-private tour)
  • Dine on a local dish as you stroll, shop, people watch or swim (don't forget to pack your swimsuit and towel) or even take a 30 minute light hike
  • Complimentary appetizer on the tour
  • Round-trip transport from Florence in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • Public boats operate subject to weather conditions.  When boats are not operative transfer between towns, the tour will be by train or mini-van.
  • Tour is conducted 7 days a week during the peak season Late March - Mid October
  • During winter months (November - Mid March) tour days are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday, based on a minimum of 4 people
  • Meeting Point: Florence Center City - the tour starts directly outside the Cafe Paskowski in Piazza Repubblica
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes

Additional Info

  • Region Liguria
  • City ManarolaVernazzaCorniglia
  • Duration 9 - 9.5 Hours
  • Highlights

    A unique tour from Florence visiting three Cinque Terre villages; Manarola, Vernazza and Corniglia.

  • Pricing & Booking

    $210.00 per person and the prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price $210.00 per person
Published in Cinque Terre
Thursday, 12 November 2015 19:26

Regions in Italy

So you’ve decided you are GOING TO ITALY! How Exciting! Many people dream of visiting Italy and experiencing la bella vita, and while you certainly can’t avoid it anywhere in the country, there are some things to think about before you take off that will make your time that much more enjoyable.

First, Italy is a large, and very diverse country. Traveling across regions is almost like traveling across countries themselves. The Italian people are very attached to their City, Region, and Country, in that order, so be sure to talk to locals wherever you go to get to know the intricacies of the very different regions of Italy.

Planning your trip’s itinerary won’t be easy since there is SO much to see and do, but a little background on the country’s layout is helpful when decided what it is you want to get out of your time: are you looking for sports? history? art? food? beaches? mountains? fashion? design? Italy has it all, but some places have it better than others!

Italy can best be divided into three geographical areas: north, middle and south, although again across those areas culture, food and tradition varies greatly.

 

Northern Italy: Alta Italia

Northern Italy is made up of the Aosta Valley, Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and Trentino Alto-Adige. It boasts such famous cities as Milan, Venice, Turin, Genoa and Bologna. The weather is cooler than the rest of the country due to the northern location and proximity to the Apennines and Alps. This area is traditionally the more wealthy part of Italy, and houses most of the country’s industry. Cities like Milan and Venice can be slightly more expensive than some cities in the central or southern parts of Italy. However, public transportation and tourism services are much more developed and functional than in other parts of the country!

The major airport for the northern region is Milan’s Linate International Airport. There are many other airports in the region however, including Bologna, Venice and Genoa, so do some price comparisons before booking your ticket. The climate in this region varies considerably, both depending on time of year and location. Venice gets extremely hot in the summer, while Turin and the Lake District (Cuomo) stay much cooler and tend to be flocked by Italians trying to beat the heat during the summer months. The Italian Alps begin their ski season as early as November in some places.

Northern Italy has many attractions and offers activities for everyone. Those who enjoy sport and the outdoors may want to visit the lakes for water sports, or go hiking in the Italian Dolomites. Everyone should see Venice at least for a day while they still can! Milan is great for anyone interested in design or fashion, and also has a wide selection of galleries and museums for those interested in both Renaissance and contemporary art. One can also visit the Italian Riviera for some great beaches.

The cuisine of this region is also quite variable, but generally tends to be no the heavier side of some of the traditional Italian specialties we normally think of. This is where Italians eat risotto with saffron, polenta, LOTS of parmigiano reggiano (from the Emilia Romagna province – an area that all foodies must visit), heavy meat dishes and stews, etc. Closer north near the Austrian border we see a lot of Austrian or Slovenian influence in the cuisine, as well as the wines. Prosecco is from the Veneto, and Gewürztraminer is from Trentino Alto-Adige. Think lots of nice white wines, and a LOT of grappa!

 

Central Italy: Tuscany and Rome

Central Italy is made up of the regions Lazio, Marche, Tuscany and Umbria. Geographically it also contains Abruzzo and Molise, but they are traditional grouped with Southern Italy due to cultural similiarities. This is where the rolling hills of Unbria and Tuscany call to mind Napa Valley. This is wine country. Central Italy is home to cities like Florence, Siena, Perugia, and of course Roma. Still quite wealthy, but more varied wealth across regions, central Italy is also extremely easy to explore via bus or train, so you can visit some little hill towns in the Val D’Orcia, or take a train and ride up and down the coast. This section of Italy is full of tiny medieval towns, and if you do your research ahead of time, you could get to participate in one of their on-going traditional medieval festivals!

Rome and Florence both have international airports, as does Pisa. Flying into Bologna is also an easy way to get to Florence as they are connected via both fast and regional trains. The weather in the region is quite temperate, with clearly distinct seasons similar to the weather on the mid-Atlantic coast of the U.S. The winters are cold, and although snow is uncommon it is not unheard of. The summers get quite hot, going up to one hundred degrees, and the air tends to be humid, especially inland.

Florence and Rome are the dominating destinations in Central Italy, and rightfully so. Rome as the capital and Florence as the birthplace of the Renaissance are not to be missed if possible. I would argue each city really deserves its own trip to truly get the most out of what they have to offer. Rome is a massive metropolitan center, filled with tourists all year round. The Vatican is a major destination, its museums housing some of the most beautiful and famous Renaissance artwork, as well as the Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. The City of Rome of course has many ancient Roman ruins that would excite anyone remotely interested in human history: the Coliseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the Catacombs, just to name a few. Florence on the other hand is the must-visit for anyone interested in Renaissance art or history, and is also a good base to explore some of the smaller towns in the region that will have you thinking of Under the Tuscan Sun. The Chianti region is full of tiny gems to visit and have an amazing meal at, as is the area between Siena and Rome. You’ll have to get to know the regional bus lines though!

Again, each region has its own traditional cuisine, but Central Italy has some of the healthiest, heartiest, what traditionally would have been peasant food but has now been elevated to an incredible level of International renown. Bistecca alla Fiorentina can only be truly enjoyed in Tuscany, just as Rome is the place to eat Saltimbocca or Osso Buco. Siena is famous for its sweets, traditionally eaten at Christmastime, and the Umbrian town of Norcia, in the Appennine foothills is where the best black truffles can be found, as well as some of the best pork products like prosciutto and salame. The hills are home to wild boar, which is cooked into many traditional stews or sauces. This is also wine country, so look out for Chianti, Montalcino, Montepulciano, and Vernaccia di San Gimignano. I could write a whole article about Tuscan cuisine, and I probably will, so check our blog frequently!

 

Southern Italy: Untouched

Southern Italy is where many Italian Americans origins are. It is the poorest part of the country, and encompasses the “foot” part of the boot of Italy, as well as the island of Sicily and some other Islands off the coast of Naples. It is made up of the regions of Abruzzo, Apulia, Basilicata, Campania, Calabria, Molise and Sicily. Due to traditional poverty and well-known corruption, transportation to many less-frequented yet extremely beautiful areas is difficult without a car of your own. The trains are regional and buses connecting cities are infrequent. We’ll talk more about renting cars in Italy later, but this may be the area to do so if you are up for the challenge!

The nearest major international airport is Rome, but there are two smaller airports on the east coast: Bari and Brindisi, both in Apulia. Naples has an international airport, and the island of Sicily may be reached via Palermo in the north or Catania in the south. The climate in the South is Mediterranean, so again variable across seasons but markedly warmer than the north or center of the country. The area is frequently overlooked as a tourist destination, so it is a nice respite from the throngs of Florence or Venice if you have the chance to visit. The beaches are spectacular, overlooking truly crystalline water. On clear days you can even see Africa from certain points along the coast.

While Sorrento, the Amalfi coast and the island of Capri are all beautiful places to visit, they are also the most famous tourist destinations in this area. If you are looking for beautiful vistas and country club style and treatment, these resort towns are a perfect place to pamper yourself or take a boat out. If you are more on the adventurous side, continue south and explore the towns of Calabria, famous for its spicy peppers and warm inhabitants. From Naples you can climb Mount Vesuvius and eat a traditional Neapolitan pizza. Matera, in the Basilicata region, is slated to be the European Capitol of Culture in 2019, and boasts what are thought to be among the first ever human settlements in Italy carved out of the rocks that make up its ancient city center. Those interested in architecture will enjoy the cities along the southern coast of Sicily, where due to volcanic and seismic damage, many buildings were rebuilt in a new Sicilian Baroque style.

Southern Italian cuisine is what most Americans think of as Italian cuisine: eggplant parmigiana, pizza, calzone, spaghetti, maccheroni, and the list goes on. The region is big on short, dry pasta, as opposed to the soft egg pastas of the northern, wealthier regions. Mozzarella is from this area, as is ricotta, made light and fresh. San Marzano tomatoes are grown in the volcanic soil under mount Vesuvius, and are used ubiquitously. Many of the dishes served in the south have Italian-American counterparts due to generations of Italians emigrating to the US from these regions due to extreme poverty. This part of Italy also of course produces much of its own wine, but the wine tends to be drunk young and domestically, rather than bring preserved and shipped. So come here if you are okay with some chilled red table wine or a beer with your pizza!

This has just been an EXTREMELY brief overview of what you might expect as you plan your trip to Italy. Every part of the country has its own secrets, cuisines, and traditions, but if you can’t move there, these generalized descriptions should help you tailor where you want to start and end your visit to the big boot. Once you determine your itinerary, be sure to check seasonal weather charts so you can pack accordingly to where you will be visiting. Read on for more about the items that you will need to bring with you to get the most out of your Italian vacation!

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