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Vernazza Tours

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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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Cinque Terre Private Tour from Florence

Cinque Terre Private Tour from Florence

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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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  • 9 hours
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Cinque Terre Private Tour from La Spezia

Cinque Terre Private Tour from La Spezia

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Maximise your time in La Spezia and head to the Cinque Terre on a private day trip. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed region is home to five fishing villages that are stacked into the cliffs, making for stunning coastal views. This shore excursion packages private transport with your own guide to give you more time there, and is one of the few day trips to visit all five of the Cinque Terre’s picture-perfect villages.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Cinque Terre sunset boat tour with aperitivo in Vernazza

Cinque Terre sunset boat tour with aperitivo in Vernazza

Explore the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre National Park by boat—and enjoy a rare perspective on the sights, when you time your visit for sunset. Meet in Monterosso, climb aboard your vessel, and enjoy a welcome drink: with just a small group for company, you’re guaranteed a personal sightseeing experience. Venture all the way along the Cinque Terre coast, pause to swim or snorkel in the turquoise waters, and enjoy traditional aperitif nibbles on board.
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  • 3 hours
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Paddle along the Cinque Terre

Paddle along the Cinque Terre

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A unique trip away from the tourist flow to discover stunning spots, to see the Cinque Terre from a really different view. Paddling slowly and quietly, we will tell you some about the amazing history of these wonderful lands (Unesco heritage)
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  • 3 hours
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The best of Cinque terre Tour

The best of Cinque terre Tour

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One of the most charming stretches of coastline in Italy, the Cinque Terre can be hard to reach by public transportation. Save hours with this private tour that takes you straight from the ports of Livorno or La Spezia to the five fishing villages along the coast. Take in Riomaggiore, Vernazza, and Corniglia by car, and Monterosso al Mare via scenic train. Enjoy free time to sightsee, shop, and dine.
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  • 9 hours
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$892.78
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The Power of Watercolour

The Power of Watercolour

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The idyllic fishing town of Vernazza is sure to inspire and innovate the creative travelers. Ideal for budding and professional artists, this half-day watercolor painting experience allows you to capture Vernazza’s beauty on canvas. In a small group limited to four painters, you’ll follow the professional guidance of your instructor at Vista della Terra, a lookout point renowned for its panoramic views. All materials are included.
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  • 4 hours
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Cinque Terre Private Day Tour from Rome

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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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  • 12 to 14 hours
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La Spezia Port Cinque Terre and Pisa full day tour by Minivan and Boats

La Spezia Port Cinque Terre and Pisa full day tour by Minivan and Boats

Your full-day Cinque Terre and Pisa shore excursion is a must when visiting Italy. Your knowledgeable Tour Leader will show you the picturesque villages scattered along the beautiful Mediterranean coast. Your private tour will have a maximum of 8 people per booking (more people will be accommodate in 2 tours group). Round-trip transport from the La Spezia port is included.Tour Leader will lead you village by village.
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  • 9 hours
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Private tour of Cinque Terre from Monterosso

Private tour of Cinque Terre from Monterosso

The five seaside villages that make up the Cinque Terre region boast some of Italy's most dramatic scenery. Meet a local guide in  Monterosso, where you’ll board the “Cinque Terre Express," a train that winds through all five towns. Your guide can help you purchase the right tickets according to which villages you’d like to visit, or you can attempt to visit all five.
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  • 6 hours
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Cinque Terre with Vernazza Manarola and Corniglia Fullday from Florence

Cinque Terre with Vernazza Manarola and Corniglia Fullday from Florence

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You will spend an unforgettable day discovering the most impressive "Cinque Terre" Ligurian landscapes. In this area, which has been declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO, earth and sea blend and create a unique landscape. The area consists of kilometers of rocky coasts with caves, beaches, hiking paths and breathtaking views. You'll visit 3 villages in total, suspended between sea and land, seemingly hanging from sheer cliffs and surrounded by hills and vineyards: • Manarola • Vernazza • Corniglia Included: - Local Licensed Tour Guide - Gelato Tasting for kids - Wine Tasting for adults Pick up and drop off will be at your accommodation in Florence. Private or Shared Tour available options. Worry-Free and Safe Private Tour Experience, operated only with: - Expert Professional English-Speaking Drivers - Selected local Expert Licensed Tour Guides (when booked) - Welcoming by private licensed fully-insured air-conditioned comfortable Vehicles
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  • 10 hours
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Private 8-hour Tour from Livorno Cruise Port to Cinque Terre

Private 8-hour Tour from Livorno Cruise Port to Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is a coastal area within Liguria. It lies in the west of La Spezia, and comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. You will enjoy the amazing views of Cinque Terre with your private official tour guide. Of course you will have some free time (with your guide´s recommendation) for a wonderful Italian lunch before driving back to Livorno. - SAVE COVID-19 SAFE - As this is a private tour we take care of maintaining social distance
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  • 8 hours
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Touristic highlights of Cinque Terre on a Private half day tour with a local

Touristic highlights of Cinque Terre on a Private half day tour with a local

There is so much to do in Cinque Terre – more than just snapping the perfect Instagram photo or stopping by for a few hours. Cinque Terre is composed of five dazzling villages perched along the Ligurian Coast. Each one has its own unique character and set of things to do. Our fun and entertaining guide will make this a memorable experience for you filled with sightseeing, visitng local popular hangout places and trying the local food & drinks. It is one of the best experiences to immerse yourself into the rich Italian culture.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Tour of Cinque Terre's Wine tasting with a local

Private Tour of Cinque Terre's Wine tasting with a local

There is so much to do in Cinque Terre – more than just snapping the perfect Instagram photo or stopping by for a few hours. Experience the wine tasting experience, it can't get better than this, wine glass in hand and picture perfect ocean in front of you. Cinque Terre is composed of five dazzling villages perched along the Ligurian Coast. Each one has its own unique character and set of things to do. Our fun and entertaining guide will make this a memorable experience for you filled with sightseeing, visitng local popular hangout places and trying the local food & drinks. It is one of the best experiences to immerse yourself into the rich Italian culture.
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  • 4 hours
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$154.21
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Private Tour of Trekking in Cinque Terre's with a local

Private Tour of Trekking in Cinque Terre's with a local

There is so much to do in Cinque Terre – more than just snapping the perfect Instagram photo or stopping by for a few hours. Cinque Terre is composed of five dazzling villages perched along the Ligurian Coast. Each one has its own unique character and set of things to do. Trekking from one village to another is an amazing experience with nature on one side and ocean on the other. Our fun and entertaining guide will make this a memorable experience for you filled with sightseeing, visitng local popular hangout places and trying the local food & drinks. It is one of the best experiences to immerse yourself into the rich Italian culture.
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  • 4 hours
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