Pick up and drop off: your accomodation.
Departure: 08.00 am-09.00 am
Return: 08.00 pm - 09.00 pm
A private excursion through Tuscany and to Cinque Terre where people have the chance to experience all the true magic of this enchanted coast-line. Clients are "escorted" through the programmed itinerary.
In this part of Liguria there are the most interesting and beautiful sights to be seen in this region. Cinque Terre are five coastal villages in eastern Liguria that make up a UNESCO World Heritage site. The most popular trail, Sentiero Azzurro, runs along the water. It's about 3,5 miles (6 kilometers) long and takes about five hours. You will visit the “ 5 Terre” by ferry boat or train that links all villages. From the sea you will have the best view of the coast-line. Some of Cinque Terre’s most popular paths were devastated by the 2011 floods and are currently closed for restoration.
We park the car in Riomaggiore and after a short visit of this little and less interesting village, we take a train or boat to the next village Manarola which is the local center of the wine and olive oil industry. The houses are pastel, the water is turquoise, and the rock on which the town sits is black. Don't miss the Lovers Lane that joins Manarola with Riomaggiore. You'll see some of the world's most thrilling scenery. This mile long path was cut from rock overlooking the sea.
The next stop is in Vernazza. It is the only natural port of the five villages. As the wealthiest village its architecture is most elaborate. See the Castle of the Doria, the watchtowers, and the Romanesque sanctuary of Our Lady of Reggio. Usually we have lunch here (not included).
Unfortunately we skip Corniglia, a farming village, that is the most remote village and has no seacoast. Usually we have lunch here (not included).
Then at Vernazza we will take again a ferry boat or train to Monterosso, the largest village. Stone steps link the center of the village to the port and seaside promenade. Monterosso is surrounded by hills bedecked in vineyards and olive groves. Thursday is market day showcasing local arts and crafts, food, and wine.
Then we will take the train to go back to Riomaggiore to take the car/van and return to Florence. On the way back to Florence we stop for a while in Pisa to admire the famous Leaning tower and the beautiful cathedral.
Please note: public ferry boats operate subject to weather conditions. When ferry boats are not operative, transfer between towns will be by train or by car, van or minibus.
**There is no hiking on our tour and the visit of the villages is very low pass, but we do not suggest the tour for people with walking difficulties. This tour runs rain or shine
***What to bring: Comfortable walking shoes, hat, swimsuit, sunscreen.