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Cinque Terre Semi-Private or Private Day Tour from Florence

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  • 10 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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 a limited number of participants to ensure an intimate atmosphere. Round-trip transportation from Florence is included.
  • Small-group day trip to the Cinque Terre villages from Florence
  • Stop for lunch in beautiful Vernazza at your own expense
  • Explore Manarola by foot or relax in a cafe or bar
  • Small-group tour ensures a more personalized experience

What's Included

  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan (maximum 8 passengers)
  • Driver-tour escort
  • Shared coastal boat ride (if weather permits!) or Coastal train ride from Manarola to Vernazza
  • Visit three amazing villages in the Cinque Terre area: Manarola, Vernazza and Corniglia
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drink, unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Piazza della Repubblica, 43R
    Piazza della Repubblica, 43R, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

    Departure Point: Piazza della Repubblica, central Florence Directions: Outside the Cafe Paskowski in Piazza della Repubblica; you will see your driver-tour escort holding a sign with the name of the tour

Start time

08:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Meet your driver-tour escort and small tour group at the Piazza della Repubblica in central Florence. Board a comfortable tour vehicle and depart for Cinque Terre, a collection of five postcard-perfect fishing hamlets that hug a rugged coastal stretch of the Italian Riviera.

Travel through Tuscany and into the Liguria region for your initial stop in the village of Manarola. Pause for fantastic photo ops of the coastline and the cerulean ocean beyond, then stroll through the narrow alleys and quaint squares of the town itself, one of the oldest in Cinque Terra. Sip a glass or two of the region's famous wines at a charming local wine bar (own expense). 

Departing Manarola, meet your tour escort at a prearranged location to board your boat to Vernazza. During your scenic boat journey, sit back and view the coast gliding by with rolling hills as the backdrop. 

Go ashore in Vernazza after cruising through the picturesque open harbor. Use your free time to walk around, visit the village's castle and church. Stop at one of the many waterfront restaurants for a traditional Italian lunch (own expense).

Following your time in Vernazza, climb into a tour vehicle for a drive through picturesque Corniglia before returning to your starting point.

Borgo Storico di Manarola

Explore Manarola by foot or relax in a cafe or bar. From Manarola enjoy a shared ride along the Cinque Terre

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included


Stop for lunch in beautiful Vernazza at your own expense

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking (children who are under 36 kg/97 pounds or 150 cm/4ft 9 in,must use proper child restraints). We reserve the right to refuse infants or children if we are not notified at the time of the booking and if the car seats brought do not comply with requirements by Italian law.
  • Public boats operate subject to weather conditions and along the Cinque Terre until about the 3rd week of October. When boats are not operative transfer between towns will be by train or by minivan
  • Boats do not operate in bad weather conditions and when the sea is rough. On these occasions transfers between towns is by local coastal train or by minivan.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • All passengers pay the same rate irrespectively from their age
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Beginning Friday 6 August 2021 and until further notice, access to museums, galleries and all related tourist venues as well as indoor bars and restaurants, will be permitted only to those in possession of a Green COVID-19 Certification (Green Pass or equivalent certificate). Please remember to also bring your ID or passport to confirm your identity. This doesn’t apply to children less than 12 years old.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

This tour requires some walking as the van cannot get into the towns.
The tour is small group which is always the best way to do a tour as it is more personalized and easier to hear and enjoy.
We would highly recommend this tour; the extra cost was worth it!
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Great day in Cinque Terre!
SusanCosculluela, Dec 2022
What a great trip! Yaris was an AWESOME guide. We enjoyed learning so many things from him about the region. The towns are small and easy to see in just a few hours. Although some shops were closed since it is off-season, there were plenty of places to visit and dine. Yaris was very clear about where we would meet, taking the short train trip and how much time we would spend at each village. Yaris got us a reservation for lunch right on the harbor. Corniglia was amazing, beautiful skyline drive afterward. Not a cheap excursion but if you only have a day to visit Cinque Terre, it is worth it!
Excellent tour! The...
Evelyn_G, Oct 2022
Excellent tour! The driver was excellent!!!! He make the trip easy with knowledge and service. Love it!
Must see and do trip!
Luellen_L, Oct 2022
This was a great day trip! Giacomo picked us up promptly at 8:00am in Florence. We met 2 other couples and had a great time. Cinque Terre was amazing! Giacomo did a great job with his narration and story-telling. So enjoyed the 3 villages we toured and got to experience the boat ride. Didn't feel rushed and had plenty of time to explore. He made lunch reservations for all of us, and we had such fun getting to know each other over our meal. This is a don't miss day trip when you're in Florence.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Beautiful place and a must see! Awesome guide!
Connie_L, Oct 2022
The driver, Gionatan’s pleasant personality and depth of knowledge made this lovely trip all the more worth it!
Perfect day trip to Cinque Terra
RobertP_R, Oct 2022
A perfect day trip to Cinque Terra that everyone should do while in the area. Comfortable ride and so nice not to have to drive and stand in line for tickets!
No guide, overpriced,
Valerie_L, Oct 2022
Absolutely horrible experience with Avventure Bellissime, who failed to deliver on what was promised. We paid SGD1,700 (EUR 1,200) for this trip for 5 people on a private tour. We were promised a driver/tour escort, who basically just dropped us off at the beginning of the trip so we explored the entire of Cinque Terre on our own. We had to walk 1+km to the vehicle to find our driver, who was unresponsive and line was engaged. We realised that other operators picked up their passengers on the island at a select pick-up point (without the 1km walk!). We later realised its because the operator did not want to pay for the license (EUR 180?) to be able to drive on to the island to pick us up. You're better off booking tickets on your own than through Viator, or at least not through Avventure Bellissime!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Dear Client, I've read with great attention to your feedback and checked on my records when we delivered a private tour for 5 people recently: the last one was on the 4th Oct. This allowed me to find out also the driver that was on the tour as without knowing the day and driver I would not have been able to investigate further. Assuming though that I did the right investigation, we actually had on 4th October a party of 5 people taking a private 5 terre day tour. I read the report given by the driver advising that the tour started late as clients were not in the correct location and were found by another driver as was leaving florence with another little group of clients. The tour is operated, as stated in the tour description, by a driver/tour escort ( that is an english speaking driver that gives general information on the area). We've always operated this tour the same way, that is: When we arrive at 5 terre the driver gets the vouchers for the shared boat to Vernazza and then clients take the boat between the little fishing villlages, get off in Manarola to explore the little village and then board again the boat to reach Vernazza. The driver gives all information about the area prior to boarding the boat and after meeting again in Vernazza at a designated time. That day our driver reported a delay of 20 minutes at designated location and time. In Vernazza all minivans with drivers have to park near the post office, abou 1km from Vernazza port and that’s the nearest location where touristic vehicles can park. We also do pay an annual fee to be allowed to drive through the cinque terre as far as it is possible to arrive by touristic vehicles used for touring. Kindest Regards Monica
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Fantastic Way to Spend the Day Visiting Cinque Terre!
Beverly_J, Oct 2022
We had a great time on this small group tour from Florence to the Cinque Terre. Our tour guide, Giacomo, was knowledgeable, congenial, and thorough. We visited three towns and were able to spend enough time in each to enjoy their beauty and culture. The views of the Mediterranean are magical, and the villages are charming. If you have an extra day while visiting Florence, I would recommend this trip to the Cinque Terre.
Disappointed in Cinque Terre
Jeanne_Z, Oct 2022
Cinque Terre was beautiful but this tour was not fulfilling for the money. We spent 6 hours driving in a cramped van for 4 hours mostly in one village our driver was nice enough but after he bought our boat tickets he left us on our own for the duration. He suggested we only go to one village due to time constraints which we all agreed to. There wasn’t enough to do in one village for 4 hours. In hindsight I wish we had hiked to the other village we were supposed to go to to experience more of the beauty of this area. The towns themselves are extremely crowded but the views of the water are amazing. Also this trip was to include either a spring/summer treat or a fall\winter appetizer which we didn’t get.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Dear Client, generally it takes about 2 hrs drive to the Cinque terre. At times there might be some more traffic, which we are not responsible for. The van is a mercedes 8 pax minivan and therefore the maximum num of people is 8. Cinque terre is a very popular destiantions and at times villages can be more crowded, especially when there are cruiseships from nearby ports of call. We generally include 3 villages on this tour;Manarola, Vernazza and Corniglia and the driver/tour escort meets again clients after their boat trip. He gives all information about the area prior to the boat ride and after the boat ride when they group meets again. I would need some more information and most important the date of travel, to verify excatly what happened that day. I'm of course sorry the tour did not live up to your expectations. Kind Regards Monica
Beautiful day in Cinque Terre
Lisa_C, Oct 2022
Dario did a great job of making sure we saw the highlights with no rush and kindly made us all a good lunch reservation. Beautiful day in Cinque Terre!
Would not recommend
diana_p, Oct 2022
Drive from Florence is too long. Was supposed to be 2.5 hours but due to traffic was 3. Giovanni our driver was great but we only we given 10 hour trip. 3 hours back to Florence. So 4 hours going from one town to Vernazza by ferry. Waited in ferry line x 20 minutes. Honestly had less Han 3 hours in Vernazza. Not worth the money or time. Would recommend train travel to CT then stay there and travel between towns.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Dear Client, I understand traffic does not help in making tours run smoothly but this is teh situation at times in high season. And october this year is still very busy. I'm glad your concern is just about traffic and time to get to the cinque terre but that you enjoyed the time spent with our driver-guide. Of course your advise is good, but only for those that have time to overnight in the 5 terre. Kind Regards Monica
Stefano was great, lots...
Ivan_W, Oct 2022
Stefano was great, lots of information and a brilliant driver. Views are spectacular, one of the villages was extremely busy but the other two were fine. The boat trip was welcome with sun and sea air.
Best day of our vacation!
Steve_F, Sep 2022
Definitely the most enjoyable day of our vacation. Our guide, Yaris, was sensational. He not only knows everything about Italy but is extremely passionate about the land and history. It's a two hour van ride to the site. Yaris entertained us the entire time with the history of the different regions, etc., answered questions and basically created the perfect mood for the day. At each step of the way, he made sure we got where we needed to go and ensured we had our private time to explore. Little details like telling us where to stand on the train platform so we would get on the car that would be closest to the exit made us feel at ease and added value. He knows the roads and paths well and kept us safe, on track and entertained. The sights on this tour are absolutely breathtaking. You get to see most of the 5 lands with views of the water and the towns, get a chance to eat amazing local food and wine and just relax. I highly suggest the tour for anyone.. and, especially Yaris!
Cinque Terre day trip
David_B, Sep 2022
Jonathan was very informative and humorous. Such a great guy to make our excursion so memorable. Thanks
The Guide’s the Thing!
Thomas_S, Sep 2022
Yaris was our guide and his involvement with our group was extraordinary. Without Yaris the trip would be a 3-star. With Yaris a 5+ star. His knowledge of Tuscany and surrounding areas is simply amazing. If you get him as your guide consider yourself extremely fortunate.
Perfect Day in Cinque Terre
Virginia_F, Sep 2022
James (Jacamo)was the perfect guide. We had a lovely boat trip and had such a good time with the travelers we met on the mini-bus. Cinque Terre is a fabulous area and not to be missed. It was an easy day trip from Florence. Once we arrived at each village, we were free to roam after James offered guidance on what to do! This is a must-do trip!
Absolutely stunning breathtaking scenery
Lisa_B, Sep 2022
Our driver Johnny was absolutely the best. The view were breathtaking. Everything we had hoped for. Would definitely recommend this.
One of our best tours!
Marta_A, Sep 2022
Giacomo was prompt, polite and respectable. His English was very understandable. He was knowledge about anything we asked from ancient history to WWII, to buildings and locations. Unfortunately the sea didn’t cooperate for the boat ride, but the train was a quick experience. We loved it all! And he was a polite driver!!
Definitely a must
Michael_R, Sep 2022
Great tour with Yaris. He was so informative from the time we drove in the van until we got back. We saw 3 of the 5 towns and enjoyed the culture of each. Some hill walking up and down so wear comfy shoes.
We loved being in a small...
Mary_R, Aug 2022
We loved being in a small group of 8. And our tour guide Jonathan was great! Even in August with the crowds, it was worth it.
Good for the independent traveler
Hannah_S, Aug 2022
If you are looking for an independent way to explore the islands this is a good option! The guide literally just drove us there and back, so if you are looking for an in depth and guided tour this is not for you but was exactly what we wanted. He seemed a little unsure of plans which was fine for us but may not be for everyone


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