Fall in love with Cinque Terre's charming coastal villages!
The Cinque Terre is a string of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. In each of the 5 towns, colorful houses and ancient vineyards cling to steep terraces, fishing boats bob in harbors and trattorias turn out seafood specialties along with the Liguria region’s most famous dish, pesto. To visit the Cinque Terre means to visit five villages suspended between sea and earth, clinging to the cliffs and surrounded by green hills. Here the sea, the hills, the vineyards, the old ancient villages, and the Genovese-style churches combine to result in breathtaking scenery. There are no cars and no noise, only nature.
Your experience begins immediately with a panoramic drive affording lovely views. This is not usually included but it allows you a view that is amazing and also let's you understand Cinque Terre.
Soon after you will arrive into Portovenere, which is tucked away in the northwestern area of Italy. Portovenere is a town that dates back to at least the middle of the first century. The ancient town is a hidden treasure for tourists and even residents of Italy to still discover. The town, or “comune” as referred to by the Italian government, is located on the provincial coast of La Spezia, in the region of Liguria. Rocky horizons, lush forests and vegetation, completed with bodies of water suppled by the Mediterranean Sea, surround this area. Perhaps the most profound scenery of Portovenere is the strip of homes that lay across the shoreline of the marina. It’s quite the sight.
From here you can continue on by ferry to Manarola and Vernazza. Tiny Manarola is a tumble of buildings bunny-hopping down its ravine to the harbor. You can hike up to Punta Bonfiglio — for a bar on a bluff between the cemetery and the sea — or enjoy tasty treats born right here: pesto on your focaccia, washed down by crisp local wine sprinkled with Mediterranean twinkles. Talk about going local. Vernazza is the next to northernmost town and perhaps most picturesque of the five towns of Cinque Terre in Italy. Colorful, antique homes cling to impossible cliffs. A lovely small harbor nestles under the shadows of an ancient castle and a dramatic seaside church.
Your driver will be waiting for you in Vernazza and take you on the most interesting route back to your starting point.
- Your English-speaking driver will not enter sites with you or join you in Monterosso and Vernazza, but will give running commentaries of what you are seeing during the driving time and make sure you have enough time to visit each site.
- The price of this tour does not include ferry tickets. A boat tour (one-way) is 22€ per person. Your driver will assist you in acquiring these tickets and guide you on how to best meet him in Monterosso.
- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for this tour.
- Food, beverages, and gratuities are not included in the price of this tour.
- This trip is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues.
- While this tour is available year round, Cinque Terre is best visited between April and October. From November through March, the ferry does not run and the weather is often cold/rainy. Many shops/restaurants are also closed during this time.
- The exact itinerary of the tour may be adjusted.
- The conditions and availability of certain features are ever-changing in the Cinque Terre; we reserve the right to modify the itinerary to give you the most satisfying visit with respect to the situation on the day of your visit.
- Changes in local ordinances (particularly with respect to where we can enter with the vehicle and park) may also make it necessary to alter your itinerary.
- Modest dress is required in all Italian churches. If you expect to enter a church during your tour, please do not wear shorts, sleeveless tops, skirts above the knee, or revealing clothing If preferred, you may wear a shawl to cover your shoulders. This applies to children as well.
- In the event of severe storm warnings we reserve the right to substitute a different service in the interest of clients' safety.
Days offered: 7 days a week