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Vernazza
Arguably the most picturesque—and steepest—of all the Cinque Terre villages, Vernazza is indeed a striking sight: snaking narrow lanes and a crescent-shaped harbor are framed by forested peaks and glittering Mediterranean waters. Visitors can stroll the scenic waterfront, snap photos of the charming pastel-colored buildings, and explore a medieval castle before heading down to the sandy beach for a refreshing swim in the sea. 
 
The Basics
Vernazza makes a good base for exploring Cinque Terre National Park, which encompasses all five Cinque Terre towns, and for enjoying outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and paragliding along the Italian Riviera. Day tours to Vernazza run from La Spezia, Siena, Lucca, and Florence, and typically include visits to the neighboring villages of Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, and Manarola, as well as a stop in nearby Portovenere. Cruise ship passengers can opt for a shore excursion from Genoa. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Vernazza can get busy in peak summer season, so book tours and accommodations in advance.
  • Bring comfortable, sturdy walking shoes, as the village roads are steep and often uneven.
  • While many hotels and tourist attractions in Vernazza are wheelchair and stroller accessible, the village’s steep and narrow lanes can be challenging for those with mobility issues to navigate. 

How to Get There 
Located in Cinque Terre National Park, between Corniglia and Monterosso al Mare along the Italian Riviera, Vernazza is a 2.5-hour drive from Florence or a 45-minute drive from La Spezia. Parking is limited in Vernazza, so unless you are staying in town overnight, it’s best to join a tour or arrive by train from La Spezia (a 20-minute ride). Alternatively, from mid-April through October, ferries connect Vernazza with La Spezia, Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore, and Manarola. 

When to Get There
Vernazza and the rest of the Cinque Terre see the most visitors and highest temperatures—upwards of 100°F (40°C)—in summer. Hikers should aim to visit in May or September to avoid the peak heat, while budget-minded travelers might want to skip August, when hotel prices skyrocket. Visiting in winter is possible, but some hiking trails may be inaccessible in heavy rain or icy conditions. 

Historic Landmarks in Vernazza
Vernazza is best known for its colorfully painted houses, but the cliffside village is also home to some impressive historic monuments. Get a panoramic perspective from medieval Doria Castle, built to protect the town from pirates; admire the Church of Santa Margherita d’Antiochia, which dates back to the 14th century; or hike into the mountains to take in the views from the Sanctuary of Madonna di Reggio.
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Cultural Tours

Cinque Terre and Portovenere from Florence in One Day

Leave behind the Renaissance treasures of Florence for the day to discover the rugged beauty of the Ligurian coastline. Travel by coach through the rolling vineyards of the Tuscan countryside, and cruise along stunning sea cliffs to the coastal village of Portovenere. Continue on by boat to the famously picturesque fishing villages of Cinque Terre, where you’ll enjoy free time to explore the colorful towns of Monterosso, Vernazza and Manarola. Take an optional hike among terraced hillsides and olive groves, and soak up the views with a scenic train ride along the rocky shore to cap off this full-day adventure.
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Snorkeling

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BOAT TOUR 5 TERRE

Far from the confusion of tourism by land, in the Faraggiana Coast boat tour you will taste the typical foods of Liguria in the intoxicating sea breeze, sailing in total relaxation towards the marvelous Cinque Terre.On board of our boat you can forget the stress of parking and overcrowded train journeys: there will be only you and a few other friends to enjoy the best of these lands.Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Coniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore will know how to make you feel at home in an instant.Trips are customizable.Maximum 6 people on board but we can add another boat and organize a tour for 16 people in total.No stressExcellent tastingsFantastic places to visit
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Day Trips

Cinque Terre Day Trip with Transport from Florence

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.
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Cinque Terre Hiking Day Trip from Florence

Experience the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre in one day with a guided hike through the five idyllic fishing villages of old-world Italy. Following the walking trails along the cliffs of the national park, you will see glorious views of this unspoiled stretch of the Italian Riviera. Check out the highlights and learn about the area as you complete a 3.4-mile (5.5-km) route with your guide.
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Cultural Tours

Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence

Discover the charming seaside villages of the Ligurian coast on this full-day tour to Cinque Terre from Florence. Travel through the rolling hills of Tuscany to arrive at the dramatic rocky coastline, and take the train to visit four of the five villages that make up this unique, colorful destination — Vernazza, Riomaggiore, Monterosso and Manarola. Enjoy free time to stroll through the winding streets on your own or swim at picturesque beaches, and sample a regional specialty with a limoncino tasting.
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Day Trips

Cinque Terre Semi-Private Day Trip from Florence

Fall for the charm of the Cinque Terre, a coastal region of cliff-clinging villages and dramatic seaside views. On this full-day small-group tour, experience the scenic parts of the region with a driver-tour escort and learn about the UNESCO-listed region’s history. Take a boat ride between Manarola and Vernazza and get free time to explore both locations on foot. Make stops in local wine bars and restaurants to sip some regional varietals and eat a traditional Italian lunch (both at own expense). This tour operates with 8 people or fewer to ensure an intimate atmosphere. Round-trip transportation from Florence is included.
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Semi Private Cinque Terre and Pisa Leaning Tower Tour from Florence

Visit two of the most popular day trip destinations from Florence in one tour on this small-group trip to the Cinque Terre and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Enjoy a boat ride on the enchanted coastline of the Cinque Terre, then choose between a hike or train trip to another village. Stop in Pisa on the way back to Florence to see the famous leaning tower.
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Cinque Terre Small Group Guided Tour from Florence

See for yourself why Cinque Terre is considered one of Italy’s most beautiful destinations on a full-day tour to the UNESCO World Heritage site from Florence. Journey north to the rugged Ligurian coastline, and travel by train to visit four of the five picturesque fishing villages that make up this colorful community. Stroll through the winding terraced streets, relax by the beach, shop for unique souvenirs or grab a bite to eat while a guide shares insight into local culture and history. Ride to and from Florence in a comfortable van with a small group of no more than 16 people.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Private Tour: Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence

Visit Cinque Terre, Italy’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed collection of five cliffside villages, on this private day trip from Florence. Don’t miss the opportunity to discover the charm and beauty of this coastal region, with stops in Manarola, Vernazza, and Corniglia. Admire the spectacular scenery made up of terraced hills and endless sea views; have time to browse local shops and walk along colorful streets; and take a scenic drive along the coastal road. When booking, you have the option to upgrade to include an additional stop in the Tuscan city of Pisa.
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Day Trips

Best of Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence

Head to the Italian Riviera on a day trip from Florence to the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage site made up of five cliffside villages perched dramatically on the sea. After the drive from Florence, you’ll visit the villages of Manarola, Monterosso, Vernazza and Riomaggiore, traveling by boat (weather dependent) and short train rides. The villages may also be reached by walking along the popular path that links them, taking you past terraced vineyards and providing spectacular views of the Mediterranean.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Cinque Terre and Porto Venere Tour from Florence

Explore Cinque Terre and Portovenere during this 12-hour tour from Florence. With round-trip transportation included, you can skip the hassle of renting a car for travel to and between Portovenere, Manarola , Monterosso and Vernazza, nestled on cliffs by the sea. Train and ferry tickets and limoncino ligure tasting included.
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Kayaking & Canoeing

Cinque Terre Kayaking Trip from Monterosso

Explore the waters of the Italian Riviera on this 5-hour kayaking trip along the Cinque Terre coastline. Departing from Monterosso, paddle alongside an expert guide, passing hidden coves, rugged cliffs and the bright, pastel hues of the five villages. Pause to stretch out on the beach or cool off with a swim before continuing on your journey. For an evening adventure, choose the sunset option with a stop in a cove for wine and snacks. Numbers are limited to twelve, with all skill levels welcome.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Cinque Terre Small Group tour from Lucca

The UNESCO-listed coastline of the Cinque Terre is the star of the Italian Riviera and this full-day tour from Lucca crams all the highlights into one day. Visit the villages of Manarola, Riomaggiore, Monterosso, and Vernazza; sample Limoncino liqueur; cool off with a swim in the sea; and tuck into a delicious Ligurian lunch (if option selected) at a local restaurant.
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Day Trips

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Private Day Trip to Cinque Terre from Genoa With Local Driver and Pick-Up

Visit the five towns of Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Corniglia, and Monterosso. These centuries-old fishing villages feature colorful homes that cling to seaside cliffs, trattorias serving seafood delicacies, lively marinas, and family-owned vineyards. Along the way, your guide explains unique features and folklore associated with each island.
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Cinque Terre Full Immersion

Spend an entire day in the enchanted villages of the Cinque Terre on this full-day trip from Florence. Discover the charming towns of Manarola, Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Vernazza, and La Spezia, traveling by train, boat, and bus. You'll have plenty of time to navigate narrow walkways and steep staircases, as well as plunge into the ocean.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Cinque Terre Boat Tour

Relax and escape the heat and crowds on a hot summer's day and take in the dynamic rugged landscape of the famous Cinque Terre aboard our motor boats. This alternative perspective from the sea gives you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the magnificent landscape, where colorful houses and ancient vineyards cling to the steep terraces.   There is the possibility to swim in the turquoise waters only reachable by private boat! Enjoy a glass of  Cinque Terre wine originating from the terraces above  this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Cinque Terre from La Spezia

Explore Cinque Terre on a private tour with a guide. Travel by boat and train from La Spezia Port and visit three charming towns. Don’t worry about train schedules, or navigating, just relax and settle in to the Ligurian lifestyle while your guide takes care of the logistics. Have time to explore on your own and choose a spot for lunch (own expense) and learn about the region’s history and culture on the guided portions of the tour.
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Cultural Tours

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Cinque Terre Private Day Tour from Rome

After a lovely drive (about 4 hours) through Umbria and Tuscany and along the Thyrrenian Sea you will arrive in La Spezia where you can catch the last Cinque Terre village: Monterosso.After visiting Monterosso , you will continue your tour using the ferry boat which will stop in the other tiny villages, Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza going back to La Spezia. The inhabitants of Cinque Terre are not only from the natural environment, but also from the natural environment, where the wild nature is scattered with vineyards, or the plantation and citrus orchards, creating a precious bond between man. Admire cultivation of grapes and olives on terraces of the Mediterranean Sea! The breathtaking views of the harbors, the wild but the hospitable coastline along with the medieval fortresses and the plentiful vines and vibrant colors, make this a memorable holiday.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Cinque Terre Private Tour from Florence

Experience the World Heritage beauty of Cinque Terre on a private day trip from Florence. You don't have to rent a car to see the colorful cliffside villages on Italy’s Ligurian coast, as a private driver and guide handles all the logistics and gives personalized tips to make the most of your day. Bring up to 8 friends or family members to explore three of the Cinque Terre villages, adding on an optional hike or boat ride between towns if you like.
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Day Trips

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Pisa and the Cinque Terre from the Livorno Cruise Port

Private Tour of the Splendid Pisa and the Cinque Terre.The day will start in Pisa with a short car tour of the city where you can admire:- The Lungarni- The Church of Santa Maria della Spina- The Scotto Garden and the San Gallo Bastion- The Viale delle Piagge- The Church of San Michele degli Scalzi with its leaning bell towerStop in Piazza dei Miracolo to admire the Leaning Tower, the Duomo and the Baptistery.You will then be led to the Cinque Terre and accompanied by Porto Venere where you can take the boat to visit which and how many of the Cinque Terre you will want.The driver will wait for you in Porto Venere to take you back to the Port of Livorno in comfort. 
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Day Trips

Best of Cinque Terre Day Trip with Typical Lunch

Journey between the picturesque villages of Cinque Terre by bus, boat, and train with a guide during this 12-hour tour from Florence. Visit the villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Traditional Italian lunch and round-trip transportation from central Florence included.
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Ports of Call Tours

Cinque Terre and Pisa Private Tour from Livorno

9.30-hour tour  Round trip transportation from/to the port/ship Comfortable air conditioning vehicle Professional tour guide-driver English speaking driver Cinque Terre highlights Pisa highlights Free wi-fi on board Free water on board
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  • 9 hours
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Day Trips

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Half day Round Trip from La Spezia

Cinque Terre Sea Tours offers you the unique opportunity to explore the Cinque Terre like a local. Our experienced and knowledgeable team will show you all the treasures the area has to offer, something only the intimacy of a small group tour can provide.We will cruise along the coast so you can discover all the villages of the Cinque Terre as well as the stunning Portovenere that has such sights as the iconic St. Peter’s Church and the magical Byron Caves.
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Sailing Trips

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One day sailing cruise: Cinque Terre

One day cruise on a sailing boat in the Gulf of La Spezia and in the Cinque Terre Marine Nature Park.Our sail, carefree with the wind in your hair, wants to be able to make you catch sight of the dolphins, make you enjoy the sun and the most beautiful and famous baths of the clean waters of the Marine Park of the Cinque Terre along Riomaggiore, Manarola Corniglia and Vernazza up to Monterosso, for rare and suggestive souvenir photos.During the day you will only have to think about relaxing. We take care of food and drinks. First an aperitif and then a typical Ligurian lunch. We will not fail to let you taste the good local wine and the focaccia baked that morning.We hope to be back in La Spezia for 6.30pm accompanied perhaps by a pair of dolphins.
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  • 8 hours
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