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Overview

Explore the Italian Riviera on this day trip to the beautiful Cinque Terre from Florence, with transport between each small town provided. Led by a tour guide, discover each fishing village by coach, train, and boat, from the beaches of Monterosso to the charming streets of Riomaggiore. Stop for a swim in the turquoise waters and upgrade to include a traditional Italian lunch. Soak up all the character of this UNESCO-listed region before heading back to Florence.
  • Full-day trip to the Cinque Terre from Florence with transport
  • Discover the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre with your tour leader
  • Travel between destinations by coach, train, and boat
  • Soak up the scenic views and distinct character of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Monterosso, and Vernazza
  • Enjoy a traditional lunch in quaint Monterosso, if option selected
  • Stop off for a swim in the turquoise waters at one of the area’s beaches

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Take the guesswork out of transport and picking a restaurant on this affordable way to see the Italian Riviera.
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Roundtrip journey by fully-fitted GT Coach
Expert multilingual escort
Free time in Riomaggiore, Manarola, Monterosso,Vernazza (the only village not included is Corniglia)
Lunch (if option selected)
Trains and boat in 5 Terre (not included in case you select the A/R escorted transfer option)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Guided tour of the villages - Kinldy note that your tour leader will give explanations during the bus trip, while on each village you will be given free time for independent sightseeing
Food and drinks, unless specified
Trains and boat in 5 Terre are not included in case you select the A/R escorted transfer option

Departure Point

Piazzale Montelungo, Firenze FI, Italy

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Cinque Terre is one of Italy’s most captivating landscapes. Translated as ‘five lands,’ the region is made up of five unique fishing villages that line the Italian Riviera.

Your day trip begins in central Florence, where meet your guide and hop aboard your coach to head out toward the seashore. Stop first in the southernmost village of Riomaggiore, which dates back to the 13th century. Beloved for its local wine and incomparable scenery, admire the pastel-colored buildings as you follow your guide along the cobblestone streets.

Head to the tiny village of Manarola next, home to medieval relics and a plethora of grapevines. Stroll the harbor and take snapshots of the beautiful, bright buildings that cling to the cliff.

Then, weather permitting, hop aboard your boat to travel to Monterosso. If you choose to include lunch with your ticket, settle down in one of the village’s restaurants for a traditional helping of seafood and pasta, complemented by wine and water. (A sample menu can be found in the Itinerary section.)

Afterward, with taste buds and stomach sated, enjoy some time to explore independently. Unpack your bathing suit and hit the jeweled waters of Monterosso’s stunning beaches.

Make a final stop in Vernazza, bordered by terraced olive groves that are said to produce some of the finest olive oil in Italy. Explore the bustling square and winding streets at your leisure, before returning back to Florence.

Note: Cinque Terre low-cost option does not include train and boat tickets.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Florence
Make the most of your time in Cinque Terre... Meet your tour guide at Piazzale Montelungo Bus Terminal early in the morning. Piazzale Montelungo is located 5-10 minutes walking distance from Santa Maria Novella train station. Find your seat on the comfortable coach bus, sit and relax, and prepare to depart for your journey to the nearby coastline! The drive to Cinque Terre will take about two hours. Throughout the drive, your guide will entertain you with plenty of interesting information about the famous views and villages on the way, as well as Cinque Terre and what to expect upon arrival. If you have any questions, your guide will be there to assist you.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Stazione La Spezia Centrale
After about two hours, you will arrive in La Spezia, the closest city to Cinque Terre. Here, your bus driver will drop off the group at the train station. Your guide will lead the group through the small train station, and your group will get on the first train to Manarola. The train takes about ten minutes, and then you will arrive in the stunning coastal town!
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Manarola
Manarola is an ancient fishing village famous for its brightly colored homes and pristine white wine! Enjoy marvelous views of its sparkling blue sea, the impeccable homes stacked upon each other, and the green grapevines towering in the distance. Your guide will happily point out the best viewpoints for photos (Manarola is very famous on Instagram, its views are incomparable!). You will have about an hour of free time to explore this picturesque town as you please.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vernazza
From Manarola, your guide will lead you back to the train station to head to the nearby town of Vernazza. The train will take less than ten minutes, and then you will have about 1 hour of free time in this lovely waterfront town. Make your way to the small, picturesque harbor, also called "the Pearl of Cinque Terre." If you are lucky, you will witness the local fisherman arriving back from their morning fishing in small blue boats. Enjoy the characteristic (and famous) views of Vernazza's emerald water and colorful homes. Spend some time strolling through the ancient streets smelling of fresh focaccia and pesto. If you need any recommendations, your guide will be happy to help!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Monterosso al Mare
The train ride to Monterosso will take about ten minutes. When you arrive, your guide will give plenty of recommendations for how you can spend your time in Monterosso. This historic fishing town is most famous for its wide, white sand beaches with crystal-clear water. Spend some time exploring the ancient town and indulging in some pesto pasta or delicious seafood for lunch. Then, find a spot on the pristine coastline to relax under the sun, take a dip in the incredible sea, and take some memorable photos! You will have three hours of free time in Monterosso.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Riomaggiore
Meet your guide at the small pier in Monterosso, and they will lead you to a boat. Find a comfortable seat and enjoy a journey of about forty-five minutes by sea. The picturesque boat ride will allow you to see the towns of Cinque Terre from a waterfront perspective... the incredible views from the bright, blue sea are unforgettable! When you arrive at the natural port of Riomaggiore, you will be welcomed by more brightly colored homes stacked on striking cliffs. Enjoy about an hour of free time to explore the beachy alleyways, purchase any last-minute artisanal souvenirs, and admire the lovely views. When it is time to depart, you will see the sun starting to settle and what seems like gold flakes over the sea, as small boats pull into the port after their days at sea.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Stazione La Spezia Centrale
Your train back to La Spezia will take less than ten minutes. Follow your guide back to the bus, where you will depart for Florence.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Florence
Relax on the comfortable, air conditioned bus after your incredible day of exploration and beauty. You will arrive back in Florence in the early evening.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Kindly note that the bus will drop you off in La Spezia or Manarola. Then you will move from one village to the other by train and boat. You will meet again your bus by the end of the day to make your way back to Florence.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Kindly note that the Cinque Terre A/R Escorted Transfer option does not include train and boat tickets. At the beginning of the day, you will be dropped off at La Spezia, and you will have free time for the whole day in the Cinque Terre National Park. You will meet again your bus at La Spezia Centrale in the afternoon. This option only includes a roundtrip transportation by GT coach to the Cinque Terre and back as well as live commentary during the bus trip.
  • Please note that the boat ride will be available from April 1st until October 31st
  • English and Spanish languages are always guaranteed. In order to confirm the excursion in French, German, Italian or Portuguese a minimum of 4 pax is required
  • In the case of bad weather or rough sea, the boat between Monterosso and Riomaggiore will not operate. In this case, the boat will be replaced by a train route
  • Please note that the given order of the visits may change
  • Covid-19 Mesures: A safe distance of one meter between clients will be maintained whenever possible. All our vehicles will be deep-cleaned and disinfected before and after each service. The use of masks is mandatory; clients must bring their own mask. Alcohol gel will be available on all our vehicles. Temperature will be checked for staff and visitors. Disinfected radio units will be provided, and headphones will be single-use. Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough; it is not necessary to print it out.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Ciaoflorence Tours & Travels Srl

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cinque Terre Day Trip with Transport from Florence?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Cinque Terre Day Trip with Transport from Florence.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Cinque Terre Day Trip with Transport from Florence?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Cinque Terre Day Trip with Transport from Florence.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cinque Terre Day Trip with Transport from Florence?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Cinque Terre Day Trip with Transport from Florence.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Cinque Terre Day Trip with Transport from Florence?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Cinque Terre Day Trip with Transport from Florence.

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star-5
Amazing day! Unforgettable.
Genevieve_H
, Sep 2020
Excellent agency. Great guide and driver (Fransceco en Raoul) who ma de this day unforgettable. Gave us also tips on what to visite on Florence. Perfect timings with the trains as well. Web recommend.
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Don't use Ciao Florence, use another tour operator
Denise S
, Nov 2019
Having taken dozens of Viator tours and living in Europe for 7 years, this is the worst tour experience that I've had. The directions to the meeting point are not good. As other reviewers said, it is not "next to the train station." It is another 10-minute walk from there. We called the tour operator 7 times that morning, 5 of which they did not answer the phone. One guy told us to take the side street next to Burger King (not at all correct). We finally talked to a woman who was helpful and stayed on the phone while giving us directions to the meeting point. By then, we missed the bus (even though the tour company knew we were on our way). Heading back to our apartment, we saw and spoke to other tour operators who actually meet their clients at the train station and walk them to the bus terminal because it's so difficult to find. VERY disappointed in the directions, service and follow up from this tour company who refused to give us a refund of any kind.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Denise We are very sorry for your disappointment. In our defense we would like to specify that the meeting point is not this difficult as you want to describe it. Thousands of tourists travelling with us every year are the proof: - It is literally attached to the main train station (you just need to walk all aroud it. 'Next' or 'behind' depends on your point of view, both place prepositions are correct. The point is that once you receive the voucher with the precise address it is on you to find the place ahead of time! Google maps directs you in 6' minutes walking from the train station (!) Furthermore: - It is the only town touristic bus terminal and there are signs from the train station. - All the private companies buses (except the public buses) leave from here on behalf of the town municipality. The designated spot is the only official spot where groups of tourists can be picked up/ dropped off, we haven't decided it, we just respect the rule given to protect the city center (Unesco Site) from chaos and pollution. Plus, we guarantee ten minutes waiting for the late clients always, after that we need to leave in the respect of the strict schedule and of all the other passengers arrived more than punctually (even twenty minutes earlier, as kindly requested in the voucher, for making the check in operation easier). Lastly, the company staff in charge of the check in operation turns on the phone at 6:15 am on purpose to answer the calls from possible clients needing any help and luckily there's not that many. Absolutely false that nobody answered because we must answer and we are happy to do that! Maybe it was not ringing at all and when you finally got to call it was too late (?) Hopefully next time it will be a better experience for you. Wishing you all the best Kind Regards Ciaoflorence Staff
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star-4
Gorgeous Cinque Terre
KAPmelb
, Nov 2019
Fantastic day. The train rides were a bit of adventure, but all part of the fun. Unfortunately, we didn't get to do the boat ride which was quite disappointing.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear client Thank you for choosing Ciaoflorence and for writing your feedback! We are happy that you have enjoyed the day :) For the boat ride: it is specified, both on the website and on the sales channels, that it is available from April 1st until October 31st. This is connected to the bad weather and rain that start between October and November. We hope you will get a chance to come back in summer or sprng, enjoy the boat ride as well and maybe delight us with a fifth star :) Best Regards Ciaoflorence Staff
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star-5
Thank you Valentina!!!!
Jacqueline S
, Nov 2019
First and foremost I have to sincerely thank our amazing tour guide Valentina and the company for waiting 10 minutes for me. I got lost super close to the meeting point, but found it and made it on. The tour was absolutely amazing! The views are incredible and I ate so much delicious food I think I almost burst. Valentina, no worries. I refuse to put pineapple on pizza and as you said a little Italian Grandma dies every time you do. Amazing hostess who is very knowledgeable, warm and friendly and tells cute jokes as well as educates you. Highly recommend!
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star-5
Amazing tour with spectacular views
Sharon O
, Nov 2019
Our tour guides were exceptional, personable, and knowledgeable. It was a relaxing tour with ample time to visit the sites. A little more time at the first two stops would have been nice, and the last stop was not much to see.
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Cinque Terre
angelarnworldtour
, Nov 2019
Christina did a wonderful job. She is very polite and assists tourists in every way she can. I am glad I booked this tour .
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Cinque terre day trip
Deane M
, Oct 2019
The tour itself is excellent, however two major things: the directions to the meeting place were terrible. More details should be sent at least one week ahead of tour and there should be a link that shows an image of meeting place. The other suggestion is for the lunch option to take place at a restaurant overlooking the beach, instead of a 10 minute walk away from it
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear Deane Thanks for your feedback and for your suggestions. We would like to kindly explain that: - At the moment any client books he/ she receives a voucher/ booking confirmation with all the details needed for the departure, first and foremost: the specific address. The best would be, for everyone, to find the place ahead of time. - About the restaurant overlooking the beach: when choosing the local suppliers we also need to consider the practical aspects as the capacity of the restaurant. Those nice places you have seen, apart from being too touristic, are very small and not able to welcome a group. However, where we go is not far at all but just five minutes walk and it is still very close to the beach. Kind Regards Ciaoflorence Staff
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beautiful
kulsoommd
, Oct 2019
very well arranged and on time . guides very polite and cooperative lunch lousy not worth comfy bus train ride good
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star-5
beautiful sites but a little hectic
Lois L
, Oct 2019
Find the bus terminal before your tour. It was off the beaten track and farther than we expected. There were too many people for one guide to take care of, so you really have to pay attention as you are getting on and off several trains.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear customer Thank you for joining us on tour and for the five stars given, it is highly appreciated! We would just like to specify that the meeting point is not that far as you mention, please consider: - It is literally attached to the main train station (you just need to go all along it but Google maps directs you in 6' minutes walking). - It is the only town touristic bus terminal. - The meeting point for all the private companies (except the public transport buses, in other words) is decided by the municipality. The designated spot is the only official spot where groups of tourists can be picked up/ dropped off, we haven't decided it, we just respect the rule given to protect the city center (Unesco Site) from chaos and pollution. We are sorry if it could have been hard. Wishing you all the best Kind Regards Ciaoflorence Staff
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Marco
colesanti
, Oct 2019
My experience was wonderful. Marco was very informative about the trip. He has a great personality. Grateful the bus driver got us there safely.
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