from Florence, Pisa, Lucca or directly from the Cinque Terre
After a train transfer from Florence, our day begins in La Spezia, a charming port town where we stroll through the streets, have second breakfast and take a boat to Portovenere - a pearl of the gulf of La Spezia with views across the gulf all the way to the famous marble quarries of Carrara. Having explored its picturesque harbor, we continue by boat to the Cinque Terre, with 45-60 minute stops in each of the villages except Corniglia (situated on a cliff high above the sea with challenging stairs and no port). We have lave lunch (at ca 2PM) in a local fish restaurant in one of the villages and then continue to the picturesque harbor of Vernazza and the old town of Monterosso - the last of the five villages. Train back to Florence from Monterosso.
Meet at Florence train station;
Arrive to La Spezia and board a boat for the Cinque Terre;
See Portovenere, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza and Monterosso (transfer by boat), lunch in one of the villages;
Return train to Florence
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: central train station in FLORENCE, Pisa, Lucca, La Spezia or one of the Cinque Terre
End location: central train station in FLORENCE, Pisa, Lucca, La Spezia or one of the Cinque Terre
Duration: 13 hours
13 hours is the maximum tour duration for those guests who start and end the tour in Florence. From La Spezia and the Cinque Terre the tour takes maximum 8 hours. Please note that tours departing from the Cinque Terre start not earlier than 9:30 AM.
The tour can be shortened to fit a tighter schedule.
train and boat
Itinerary adjustment to suit your needs, arrangement of transportation and lunch, tour time with your guide, pick-up and drop-off in the train station in Florence (Santa Maria Novella train station)
Estimated Local Cash Needed
100 Euro - Return train Florence - La Spezia - Florence (€50/person); lunch (€25/person); boat ride (€25/person)
Return train Florence - La Spezia - Florence (€50/person); lunch (€25/person); boat ride (€30/person)
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver. My Florence license is for English, Italian, Russian and French languages only.
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If you are going to visit the Cinque Terre then Anna is the person you want to go with. We had the most amazing day with her. We saw more and did more in a day than anyone could if the tried to do it on their own or with a cruise ship tour. Our time with her was fantastic and there were occasions she went up and above the call of duty to help us and make sure our time n the Cinque Terre was one that we would never forget.
Robert E. Mitchell