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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
The first town in the Cinque Terre circuit is Riomaggiore, a colorful village built in a valley on the coast of the Italian Riviera. Dating back from the 13th century as a fishing village, it is now a favorite tourist location for both its charm and delicious local wine.
The village is traversed by the Rio Maggiore, which spills into the sea. Its wharf is bracketed by ancient tower houses that would defend it from raiders and seaside attacks. All around it and climbing up the valley sides are brightly colored habitations that make the town so lovely. Explore Riomaggiore’s medieval city center and nearby historical monuments such as the Church of San Giovanni Battista, built in the mid 14th century in the Roman-Gothic style and hosting several important artworks.
Things to see
Make your way through the narrow streets and steep steps to the top of the valley in order to enjoy the breathtaking view that it offers, or walk down to the coast and enjoy the turquoise waters. Via Colombo, the main street in Riomaggiore, offers visitors a number of cafes, restaurants and shops.
For the tourists who enjoy long romantic walks, there is the Via dell’Amore, a path approximately one kilometer long which runs along the coast and connects Riomaggiore to Manarola.
A large area located on the Italian Riviera in Liguria, the Cinque Terre spreads over lush hills and the turquoise coast, and encompasses the villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The land, coast and villages are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
The only ways to reach or explore Cinque Terre is by way of trains, ferries and hiking trails. Part of the appeal of the area is its relatively untouched and urbanization-free appearance, the villages having retained their rural charm throughout the centuries.
Things to see
Monterosso and Vernazza are the oldest villages, having been built during the 11th century. The others appeared later due to strong influences from the Republic of Genoa. These villages were relatively small, relying on fishing as their main industry, then later wine. During the 16th century, several forts and towers were built or renovated to defend against Turkish raids, a number of these structures still standing today.
The Cinque Terre area experienced a sharp decline during the 17th century, in part due to the villages’ isolation from the rest of the country. This did not change until the mid-1900s, when tourism developed and grew; today, the Cinque Terre National Park is one of the most popular attractions in Northern Italy, capitalizing on ecotourism and food & wine tourism