Make your way to a central location in San Gimignano for a 6:30am departure, then board a climate-controlled vehicle for the 105-mile (169-km) trip to Porto Venere, passing through rolling Tuscan scenery along the way.
Though not technically included in Cinque Terre, Porto Venere has the same picture-perfect waterfront of colorful houses, and it’s the starting point for exploring further. Throughout your day in Cinque Terre, you’ll travel by both train and ferry boat, stopping to discover a series of three gorgeous villages.
In the vineyard-decked town of Manarola, take in Genoese-style fortified buildings that tower over the dramatic coast, and listen for the sounds of the town’s distinctive local dialect.
The next stop is teeny Vernazza, a cluster of cobblestone streets and cafes around a pretty harbor. From Vernazza, continue to Monterosso, a historic fishing-village turned coastal escape that's famed for its lemon trees. You’ll have time for lunch on your own before a visit to a local wine shop to taste limoncino, a liqueur made from locally-harvested lemons.
Enjoy some free time in the afternoon to stroll the village or swim from the sandy beach, then meet back up for the return trip to San Gimignano, where this tour concludes at the original departure point.