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Private Cinque Terre Tour from Florence
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
Pick-up at your hotel, more details at booking
Visit the famous Cinque Terre in ease and comfort with your own private driver and car.
The Cinque Terre is composed of a stretch of coastline and five main towns: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Including the surrounding hills, this area is protected as a National Park which in turn is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The small quaint fishing villages which have been built along the coast have been there for many centuries, some dating as far back as the 1st century BCE.
You will first arrive by car to the town of Riomaggiore to start your exploration of the Cinque Terre. From there, your driver will accompany you on a hike to the famous “Via dell’Amore” (“Path of Love”), a trail along the coast that connects Riomaggiore to Manarola. Once you reach the small village of Manarola, you will have some free time to visit the town before boarding the train to Vernazza with your escort. Upon your arrival in Vernazza, you will have some free time for lunch; being a coastal village, you will find a large selection of seafood and fish dishes. During your free time, your driver will return to Riomaggiore to retrieve the car in order to pick you up After lunch and take you to Portovenere. Here, you will have the opportunity for sightseeing and shopping in the fashionable stores that line its main street.
Your driver will take you back to Florence at the end of the tour.
– Round trip transportation with private car
– Expert English speaking driver and guide
– Visit of Riomaggiore
– Visit of Manarola
– Visit of Vernazza
– Visit of Portovenere
– Cinque Terre
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking
– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.
– Adult pricing applies to all travelers.
Pick-up at your accommodation
Drop-off at your Accommodation
Located at the south end of a peninsula stretching from the La Spezia coast is Portovenere, an ancient fishing village with a charming beauty. Its commune of the same name also includes the nearby villages Fezzano and Le Grazie as well as the three islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto.
The first settlements date back from the 1st century, the village’s name supposedly a reference to the goddess Venus. Following the fall of the Roman Empire, Portovenere was taken over by the Byzantine as a dock for their fleet, later destroyed by the Lombards and then targeted by Saracen raiders. During the middle ages, the city rebuilt and expanded, adding fortifications and towers. Unfortunately much of the old town was destroyed during the Genoa war during the later 15th century. The old part of town was abandoned and a new one was built beside it, growing from around the Church of San Pietro; the division between the two sides is still visible today.
Points of interest
Among the sights offered by Portovenere is Santuario della Madonna Bianca, a 2nd century Romanesque church built by the Genovese. In the historic centre is the city gate guarded by a tower, the fortified wall climbing all the way up to Castello Doria above the city. Castello Doria is the largest and most impressive castle in the commune, built some time in the 2nd century by the Genovese to protect the area from attacks.