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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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Cinque Terre Sunset Boat Tour Experience
Cinque Terre Sunset Boat Tour Experience
$120.24 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Beautiful
Amazing trip highly recommend. Lots of info, a swim and we saw dolphins. Plus drinks at sunset sooo beautiful
Jacquie_M, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cinque Terre

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Perfect way to see the Cinque Terre
Amanda_N, Jul 2022
Cinque Terre Amazing Private Boat Tour
What a perfect way to view the Cinque Terre - from the Sea! Maria and Nicola are amazing - giving us details about each town while cruising comfortably along the shore. We stopped for a welcome swim which my children loved, free from the tourist crowds in town. The boat is clean and comfortable and perfect for our family after a swim to cool off and enjoy the blue water. They served drinks and focaccia and have a shower and toilet on board. Your family will love the experience!
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Beautiful
Jacquie_M, Aug 2022
Cinque Terre Sunset Boat Tour Experience
Amazing trip highly recommend. Lots of info, a swim and we saw dolphins. Plus drinks at sunset sooo beautiful
star-5
Perfect tour!
jessicafaires, Aug 2022
Cinque Terre Sunset Boat Tour Experience
So relaxing and fun! Best way to see cinque terre. Our guide was great and gave us so much interesting history about the area.
star-5
Cinque Terre - not sleepy fishing towns anymore ... beautiful towns beautiful people!
Lamphung_N, Aug 2022
Exclusive Cinque Terre Private Day Trip from Florence
Freddy - our guide for the day was wonderful and worked with our family to assist us in having one of the best side visits during our stay in Florence! Thank you and appreciate his care for our family!
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Good boat trip; too much swimming
Lynne_D, Aug 2022
Cinque Terre Lunch boat tour
3 1/2 hour trip that took us by all 5 towns for photo ops. Lunch of foccacio, shrimps, mussels & swordfish was delicious; plus beverages of all sorts. There were 2 stops for swimming & snorkeling, which I think was too much. I would rather have explored the towns than gone swimming.
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Great experience
Phillip_P, Aug 2022
Cinque Terre Lunch boat tour
Great trip, excellent food and great drinks. The tour was perfect and the main sights were awesome. Perfect
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Coastal Gems
Lauren_T, Aug 2022
Private Tour of the Cinque Terre from Milan
Fantastic day in Cirque Terra! Our driver took us from Milan to meet guide for tour through Cirque Terra. Both our driver and guide were organized and efficient. This is a tour to take if you are ever in Italy!!
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Great private boat trip
Steven_V, Jul 2022
Cinque Terre Private Boat Tour
Excellent 3 hr private boat trip of Cinque Terra / Italian Riviera. Comfortable boat and professional and knowledgable guide
star-5
Perfect Afternoon!
Deborah_D, Jul 2022
Cinque Terre Private Boat Tour
This was a wonderful trip and well worth it! Matteo was great, flexible as to what we wanted to do along the way. We saw the 5 villages and had couple of stops to swim and snorkel near the rocks and caves. We had drinks along the way and a wonderful spread of food. Just a great afternoon! Make sure you plan for parking snd allow extra time. We had to park a mile up the steep hill!
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The best experience
Elie_Z, Jul 2022
Day Boat Tour Cinque Terre & Porto Venere
Lorenzo and his crew were amazing. It is a very good way to discover all cinque terre and Porto Venere, it was worth every penny. Highly recommended....
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LOVED this tour!
Reia_G, Jul 2022
Cinque Terre Sunset Boat Tour
This sunset boat was one of the highlights of our trip to Cinque Terre. Great food, views, and a stunning sunset to top it off. The boat didn’t feel crowded at all, and there was an upstairs area for even better views of the sunset. The guide was very informative of the towns during the ride, and made my birthday so special. Will definitely do this again when we visit Cinque Terre again!!
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A must do in Cinque Terre!!
Heather_F, Jul 2022
Cinque Terre Sunset Boat Tour
The guides were knowledgeable, funny and good cooks! To fully appreciate and see the beauty of Cinque Terre you have do it from the sea. We strongly recommend this experience. It was amazing!!!
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What else should I know about attractions in Cinque Terre?
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As well as visiting the Cinque Terre National Park (Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre), check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: