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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: 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: 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

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