The Cinque Terre is one of the most memorable places in Italy. Protected as a national park and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cinque Terre is unique.
You will enjoy a boat ride along the coastline of the Cinque Terre and explore three villages. In case of rough seas, you will tour the villages by train. On the way back to Florence, we’ll stop in Pisa for a visit to its iconic leaning tower.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is located on Piazza dei Miracoli, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy–along with the Pisa Baptistery and Cathedral–and is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Climb to the top of this incredible tower and enjoy breathtaking views over Pisa!
We will be departing at 7.00 am from the meeting point in Florence and heading towards Cinque Terre. The journey should take approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Duration: 2 hours and 45 minutes
Cinque Terre Trails
Upon arrival at our destination, we will explore three villages of the Cinque Terre region. Depending on the condition of the sea, we will either travel by boat or by train. Our customers’ safety is always our top priority. If the seas are navigable, we will travel by boat. If the seas are rough and not navigable, we will take the tour by train.
We will arrive at Riomaggiore by black Mercedes Minivan. The village is a charming place perched on a terraced hillside high above the Ligurian coast. Known for its colorful stone houses that seem stacked on top of one another and its harbor filled with traditional fishing boats, it has become a popular tourist destination. From Riomaggiore we will take the Public boat to Manarola. Public boats operate subject to weather conditions and along the Cinque Terre from April until about the 3rd week of October; if you wish to hike you can take the Trail 531 Riomaggiore to Manarola. Our driver will follow us by boat.
Duration: 1 hour
Trail 531 Riomaggiore to Manarola
You can hike this trail on your own or follow the driver on the boat/train. Tickets are not included.
Check in real time whether the path network is accessible at this link: http://www.parconazionale5terre.it/Esentieri-outdoor.php#/
You will meet back our driver in Manarola.
Forward time: 1 hour | Difficulty Level: EE – For expert hikers | Length: 1.470 km | Difference in height: 202m.
Follow the path signposted along the vegetable gardens until the small bridge from which begins a long flight of steps that leads through cultivated and fallow fields, with a panoramic view, to the ridge of Costa Corniolo (Corniolo Hill). From there you can admire the tip of Montenero eastward, Manarola and Cinque Terre westward. From here begin a series of steps that lead down to Manarola with spectacular views all along its route to the village.
Duration: 1 hour • Admission Ticket Not Included
Manarola is a small town located in the Cinque Terre region of Italy. The town is built into the side of a cliff, and its colorful houses and buildings tumble down towards the water far below. The view of Manarola from above is one of the most iconic and recognised images of the Cinque Terre. If you wander through the town, you’ll find yourself winding down narrow laneways called carrugi. These are typical of towns and cities in the Liguria region of Italy. As you make your way towards the water, you’ll see an eclectic mix of fishing boats pulled up on the ramp leading into the harbor. This is a reminder that for centuries, the sea has been a major source of income and livelihood for the people who live in this area. This village is a magical place, where time seems to stand still. You’ll have an hour to explore its quaint streets and charming shops.
Duration: 1 hour
Vernazza is the only natural port of the five villages, and it’s also the wealthiest village with the most elaborate architecture. You’ll definitely want to check out the castle of the Doria and the watchtowers, and make sure not to miss the Romanesque sanctuary of Our Lady of Reggio. The architecture will amaze you with its simplicity. And after all that sightseeing, you can enjoy a cooling swim in the sea, a refreshing shower, and a delicious lunch of authentic pesto pasta and fresh seafood (not included in the price). After our long journey, we’ll take the picturesque train ride from Vernazza to Riomaggiore. From here, you’ll enjoy the comfort of our Black Mercedes minivan. Our next stop is Pisa, and seeing the Leaning Tower is the perfect way to end a wonderful day.
Duration: 2 hours • Lunch Not Included
Pisa, Piazza dei Miracoli
Once in Pisa, you’ll have time to explore some of the city’s most iconic landmarks. The Leaning Tower is a must-see, and you can walk around the Piazza dei Miracoli to see the Baptistery and the Duomo. Piazza dei Cavalieri is also worth a visit, home as it is to the historic university Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. The tour will reach the Pisa tower at around 4:30 am, but it is usually enough to simply admire it from the outside – it is truly beautiful. However, if you want to reserve your own tickets to climb it, you can do so by choosing 4:45 pm as your time slot. Please note that entrance tickets to the Leaning Tower are not included.
Duration: 40 minutes • Leaning Tower Entrance Ticket Not Included
It’s time to take you back to Florence. From Pisa, it’ll take you about an hour and a half to get back to the meeting point. And you know what? You’ll be tired after such a day, but you’ll carry this tour in your heart forever because it is a unique experience. If you need suggestions on where to go for dinner, just ask our guide.
Duration: 1 hour and 35 minutes
We offer free pick up at hotels, not Airbnb nor apartments, located in AREA A of the traffic limited zone.
If your hotel is outside that area or falls in the category of Apartments/Airbnb, you can choose to receive free pick up in front of:
Hotel Boccaccio (Via della Scala 59) at 7:00 am
Hotel Davanzati (Via Porta Rossa 5) at 6:50 am