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Duration: 13 hours
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Explore the breathtaking coast in South Liguria, near the city of La Spezia. You will visit 3 of the 5 seafaring villages - Manarola, Monterosso and Vernazza, with the addition of the romantic village of Portovenere, enjoying an unforgettable experience.
This guided tour includes private bus transportation, train and ferry boat tickets.
Have you ever heard about a little piece of paradise called the Cinque Terre? If you look for the Cinque Terre on map you will be able to locate them going a little further north from Tuscany. Cinque Terre towns are located between Genova and La Spezia.
For many reasons, you won’t get there comfortably on a do-it-yourself trip. This unique landscape, suspended on steep cliffs overlooking the sea, is not that easy to reach.
First of all, we are inside a natural park (Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre).
Roads are twisted with speed limits and severe rules. Parking for your car is limited. While there are many activities to do in Cinque Terre, having a professional guide can help you focus on the best ones.
You will find the paths that suit you best, the ones that will arouse your curiosity and interest the most. You well be walking on the most romantic trails or finding the most suggestive views, for a memorable experience that you will end up carrying in your heart forever.
In the end, having a guide is also useful for those who are coming by train. In fact, coming on your own you will not save much money. While joining a guided tour with myTour you will surely save time and earn an inestimable value in terms of energies saved and stress avoided.
You will meet our kind staff at Villa Costanza Tramvia 1 terminal, where the tour will begin.
Coming from Florence we will pass through the northern part of Tuscany. After the province of Massa-Carrara, we will enter La Spezia province and Liguria region.
Despite the fact that it is not part of the five villages that make up the Cinque Terre, Portovenere is a destination that any good visitor to the Ligurian coast cannot miss.
Adorning the golden shores of the beautiful village of Portovenere you will find the emblematic brightly colored houses of the Gulf of Poets.
In Portovenere you will be enchanted by the Doria Castle, the majestic fortress with characteristic features of Genoese military architecture, built in the historic center of Portovenere.
From here, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy the splendid view of the transparent waters of the sea.
In Calata Doria, you will then see the Church of San Pietro, the oldest religious building in the Gulf remembered as the "Christian temple" by the illustrious poet and writer Eugenio Montale.
Below the vestigial church, you will be enraptured by Grotta Arpaia, better known as Byron's Grotto, because it was here that one of the most famous English authors who lived at the turn of the 18th-19th centuries found inspiration.
Our local guides will lead you the way to discover the pearl of Cinque Terre, Monterosso al Mare. Well-positioned in the center of a natural basin, Monterosso town goes down to the sea, embracing its sparkling waters. People who love to have a bath or to explore the seabed can find here the perfect opportunity.
Monterosso offers some spacious and easy-to-access sandy beaches. This is really important for those who don’t like rocks. Monterosso seaside is comfortable and less wild than the other areas of the Cinque Terre. Monterosso boasts also the Spiaggia del Gigante, the Beach of the Giant, so-called for the statue of Neptune holding up the rocks, realized by Francesco Levacher in 1910.
Apart from going to the beach, you have other activities that you can do. You can visit Monterosso Castle, built by Genoese, or the Parish Church of San Giovanni Battista, with the fresco of the baptism of Christ. You can also reach the Cappuccini hill, enjoying the breathtaking views of lemon trees, vines, olive trees, and incredible slopes this magnificent territory offers.
If you are looking to find the true colors of the Cinque Terre, Vernazza is the right place for you.
Here the atmosphere is unique and you may lose yourself in a typical medieval village, with its enigmatic alleys and the case-torri, colored in red, yellow and pink. Despite being much frequented by tourists, Vernazza is maintaining its maritime tradition, with fishermen and sailors still active here.
Regarding art and history, you can visit the Doria Castle, built to protect the village from pirate raids, nowadays used as an exhibition site. You can also have a look at the Church of Santa Margherita of Antiochia, place of preservation of the patron saint's relics since its construction, after 1318, with its octagonal bell tower.
You won’t see as many different towns coming on your own on a day trip. You won’t get all the useful information our guides are going to give you.
A visit to this country, loved by artists, painters, and poets, can restore your soul. This suggestive landscape has inspired the works of great British and Italian writers (P.B. Shelley and Eugenio Montale – just to name a few) and painters.
Our day trip will end approximately at 20.45 in Florence.
• Unfortunately, this tour is not wheelchair accessible. • If you wish to swim we suggest you bring sunscreen, swimwear, and a towel. • In case of national railway strikes, we may be forced to change the itinerary and no refund will be issued since it is beyond our control. • Please note: In case of bad weather and from November 2nd to March 31st due to the absence of the boat service the itinerary would be guaranteed anyway with trains and bus. • A moderate amount is involved to reach the main destinations, we suggest wearing comfortable shoes. • For the Portuguese or Chinese guide options, a minimum of 4 participants is required. • If you select the transport only option, please note that you need to be at the Eni Station in Viale Giovanni Amendola at 5:15 pm, where the bus returning to Florence will be waiting for you.
Excellent tour guy Luca! Lunch in Monterrosa , fresh catch of the day, plenty time to explore around each town . Nice scenery, well coordinated
Great Tour!! We had the time to do everything we wanted!! Enjoyed so much time at the beach and the boat trip was amazing! Lucca is a great guide who tries his best to make you feel welcomed and have a good experience!