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Cinque Terre National Park (Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre)
Cinque Terre National Park (Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre)

Cinque Terre National Park (Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre)

Italy

The Basics

The five centuries-old villages comprising Cinque Terre National Park—Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Manarola, and Vernazza—are the main draw for travelers. A well-worn footpath links the towns; some portions of the trail are better maintained than others, but all offer stunning views over the Ligurian Sea. Day tours are the most convenient way to visit the coast, running to the Cinque Terre from La Spezia, Siena, Pisa, San Gimignano, and most commonly, Florence. Most day trips squeeze in all five towns plus a stop in nearby Portovenere, but those who want more time in the Cinque Terre can stay overnight or on a multi-day tour to make the most of outdoor activities—such as hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and paragliding—plus the region’s seafood and warm hospitality.

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Exclusive Cinque Terre Private Day Trip from Florence
Exclusive Cinque Terre Private Day Trip from Florence
$402.80 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Magnificent Monterosso al Mare and More!
Fabio was fabulous showing us all 5 cinque terra villages in a day. What an amazing day. What an incredible experience. Loved the trains, the boat, the unique villages and the local fresh seafood. Thank you Fabio for showing us such a great day!
Gregory_K, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Cinque Terre

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Great Experience
Michael_G, Jul 2021
Exclusive Cinque Terre Private Day Trip from Florence
The guide was amazing and was able to take us to all the towns despite a mess up by Viator. Very professional and a spectacular time.
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Amazing Cinque Terre experience!
Alejandra, Oct 2021
Exclusive Cinque Terre Private Day Trip from Florence
Fabian was excellent! Friendly, engaging and knowledgeable. Was very organized and efficient in getting us from town to town, giving us great information, tips and time to visit on our own. Took us to both well known and hidden gems of the Cinque Terre, and guided us to great spots for snacks and foods. Always fun and catering to our needs with great information about wines. The restaurant he took us for lunch was simply amazing! And the best part was the boat ride at the end. It was an unforgettable trip. Highly recommend it and Fabian in particular!
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Amazing trip for my birthday
Adaftari, Dec 2019
Private Tour of the Cinque Terre from Milan
We had a fabulous time walking through 4 of the 5 towns. They were closed as it was prior to christmas but we still got to see a lot and exprienced some of the wine shops and had a fabulous lunch. I recommend it to all.
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Breathtaking views
abotnen, Nov 2019
Cinque Terre Private Tour by Minivan and Ferry-Boat Shore excursion from Livorno
Elizabeta gave us a magical day touring the towns of Cinque Terre. Stefano drove us safely from the port up into the mountains. The views were absolutely amazing! We will go back & visit with her every time we find ourselves in Italy!
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Amazing!
Mirielys_N, Aug 2019
Cinque Terre Private Tour by Minivan and Ferry-Boat Shore excursion from Livorno
This tour was wonderful! We had an amazing time and we had Sarah was wonderful and gave us enough time at each village. She coordinated all of our visits to the villages by ferry boat and train perfectly. It was an incredible experience!
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Fantastic Cinque Terre Cruise
Lisa_D, Jun 2019
Magic Sunset Coast to Coast Cinque Terre Portovenere
What a perfect way to end out visit to the Cinque Terre. They were such incredible hosts! The scenery was spectacular, the Prosecco and aperol spritz were refreshing and the appetizers were abundant and delish. We couldn't have asked for more. Everything was fantastic!
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Cinque terre trip
Selenia_A, Nov 2019
Exclusive Cinque Terre Private Day Trip from Florence
What a memorable day! Angel was amazing he genuinely love what he does. Extremely professional funny and knowledgeable we made a friend for life . Thank you!!
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Private Tour in Cinque Terra
John_R, Sep 2019
Exclusive Cinque Terre Private Day Trip from Florence
Perfect day spent with Angel, our tour guide visiting the five villages. Had a great lunch and winetasting. At the end we took the ferry and saw all the villages from the water. Was one of our best days while visiting Florence. Would highly recommend this tour.
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Best Day Ever!
Cosmopolitan232004, Aug 2019
Exclusive Cinque Terre Private Day Trip from Florence
Our guide/ driver was Fabio, and he was a perfect tour guide! He had great stories, knew all the ins and outs of the towns, little tricks to beat the crowds, and kept us ahead of the large groups so I didn’t feel that it was as crowded as I’ve heard it can be. Also no one else booked that day, so it ended up being a private tour! The towns are so charming and beautiful, made for really great pictures. The lunch was the best pasta I’ve had in Italy! I’m still dreaming of that pesto pasta dish! There was a little confusion with our wine tasting, but no big deal, in the end we got an extra glass of wine no charge. There was a second option of wine tasting that’s not included but you can add on at the end. Even though by the end there has already been plenty of wine, we decided to do the second tasting just for the location. The restaurant is kinda hidden overlooking the sea, the view was incredible. Of all my trips to Italy, and all the tours I’ve done, this was hands down my favourite day ever! One day I plan to go back and spend more time there. Thank you Fabio!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Cinque Terre can get extremely busy in peak summer season, so book tours and accommodations in advance.

  • Pack sunscreen, a refillable water bottle (drinking fountains are available throughout the park), and comfortable and sturdy walking shoes (the village roads are often steep and uneven).

  • While many hotels and attractions in Cinque Terre National Park are wheelchair and stroller accessible, the villages’ steep and narrow lanes can be challenging for those with mobility issues.

  • Wi-Fi is available throughout the national park.

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How to Get There

Cinque Terre National Park is two hours from Florence by road, an hour from Pisa, and 20 minutes from La Spezia. Parking is limited in the villages, so unless you are staying in Cinque Terre overnight, ditch the car and join a tour or arrive by train. Trains (year-round) and ferries (mid-April through October) connect the five villages, but the best options for exploring the national park are hiking and mountain biking.

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When to Get There

Cinque Terre National Park sees the most visitors (especially day-trippers) and the highest temperatures—upwards of 100°F (40°C)—during summer. Hikers should aim to visit in May or September to avoid the heat, while budget-minded might plan around August, when hotel prices rise. Visiting in winter is possible, but some hiking trails may be inaccessible in rainy weather.

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Hiking in Cinque Terre National Park

There are over 75 miles (120 kilometers) of hiking trails in Cinque Terre National Park, some of which were the only connection between the villages and the hinterland for centuries. Today, the most commonly traversed path is the Blue Trail (Sentiero Azzurro), a six-hour coastal trail linking Cinque Terre’s villages and offering spectacular views. For visitors who fancy more of a workout, there are plenty of rugged mountain trails, including the Sciacchetrail, a challenging 29-mile (47-kilometer) route that loops around the entire protected area—and hosts an annual trail-running race.

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