Small Group Cinque Terre Trip

Unique day tours of the Cinque Terre from Florence to Vernazza, Corniglia & Manarola

Highlights and what's included

  • Luxurious Mercedes (or similar make) minivan
  • Expert English speaking driver
  • Tickets for shared Boat ride along the Cinque Terre
  • Enjoy an ice cream in spring/summer and an aperitif with wine and bruschetta in winter in either Corniglia or Vernazza

Description

After driving through Tuscany into Liguria, stop in the first Cinque Terre village of Manarola. Enjoy panoramic views and take spectacular pictures of the land and coast.
Manarola is one of the oldest villages of the Cinque Terre. Explore the narrow alleys and pretty pastel squares that epitomize the beauty of the area, and perhaps sample some renowned local wine at a cozy wine bar (own expense).

After your visit to Manarola, meet your tour escort at a prearranged time for your shared boat ride to Vernazza. While on the boat, ogle the dramatic coastline from the water, framed against the hills.
Your second stop is at the village of Vernazza, arguably the most beautiful of the five villages with a large open harbor, castle and church.Enjoy some free time to walk around and have a relaxing lunch (own expense) at one of the open-air restaurants that lines the waterfront, or take a stroll through the back streets for impressive views along the coast.

After your visit to Vernazza, meet your tour escort to drive to Corniglia Enjoy panoramic views and take spectacular pictures of the land and coast.

Exclusions

  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (Optional)

Other info

  • This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities. However, please contact us directly and we will be able to take you on alternative routes suitable for you.
  • Public boats operate subject to weather conditions and along the Cinque Terre until about the 3rd week of October. When boats are not operative transfer between towns will be by train or by minivan.
  • Boats do not operate in bad weather conditions and when the sea is rough. On these occasions transfers between towns is by local coastal train or by minivan.
  • Tour operates with a minimum of 4 participants.

Meeting Point

Your Cinque Terre Day Tours will start directly outside the Cafe Paskowski in Piazza Repubblica in Florence where you will find your guide holding a sign with Avventure Bellissime written on it

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Reviewed by Barry on
We had a wonderful day visiting Cinque Terre with your guide Paolo and our fellow passengers.
The "Small Group" experience (7) was a very enjoyable way to explore this region and to also get to know the other passengers.
Reviewed by Benjamin on
Jacopo was a great, friendly, thorough and engaging guide during our Cinque Terre tour!
Reviewed by Kristin on
Thank you, we had a wonderful day trip to Cinque Terre with Jonathan! It was so enjoyable to hear his information and perspective and he made the drive/ride very enjoyable. The tour was laid out well with just the perfect amount of info/direction from Jonathan and our own time to wander/explore by ourselves. The trip went very smoothly and we would highly recommend.
Reviewed by Joanne Voll on
We had a beautiful day on our tour with Adriano touring Cinque Terra. He gave us lots of information and even made lunch reservations for us at the most scenic restaurant in the village. We had enough time to explore each area. He is a charming Italian guide who was very helpful and made sure everyone was happy. This is not an easy drive and I am not an easy passenger... I was not nervous at all. We are very happy we booked this trip.
Reviewed by Beth Thomas on
We had an AMAZING time at the Cinque Terre with your tour guide Allesandro (sp?). The small group was just perfect and it was SO much better going with a guide so we could learn about the history of Cinque Terre AND know which places to explore. The lunch we were able to get in - on the Cliffside terrace was simple because of our tour guide. He knew how to navigate it all - if we were alone we would have fumbled our way through but not had half the experience! Everything about it met and exceeded our expectations. I highly recommend your company / tours and when we come back we will surely use you again! THANK YOU so much! And a 5 star rating for Allesandro!
Reviewed by Anita Bozzarelli on
Our day trip to Cinque Terre was amazing. It absolutely blew my mind to see how such a vast amount of land, rising up from the sea, was so beautifully terraced off. I can't imagine how anyone could ever do that. The beautiful blue water and brightly painted houses on the hillsides were such a wonderful view. Our tour guide Paulo was absolutely wonderful. He really took good care of everyone and provided us with lots of information and knowledge. We really enjoyed spending the day with him. He even made some stops for us to take pictures that were not planned. We really appreciated it. I would highly recommend this tour, and would love to do it all over again someday.
Reviewed by Jenny Cooper on
Fabulous tour with Adriano. He was so enthusiastic, knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour. We were so lucky to be able to catch the boat and extra special to see San Bernardino (thanks Adriano). Must also say what a fantastic driver he was. My sister and I would highly recommend this Cinque Terre tour to anyone.
Reviewed by Dennis and Ruth on
We had a wonderful tour of the Cinque Terre with our guide (sorry cannot remember his name). He was so informative, friendly and had a wonderful time. We would highly recommend him and Avventure Bellissime. Besides the wonderful tour, the weather was perfect and we were able to have the boat ride which was amazing.

Thank you for a wonderful day in the Cinque Terre!!
Reviewed by Carolyn on
We were picked up in La Spezia for our Cinque Terre tour by our driver, Jonathan.

We had a terrific day. John was very friendly, spoke great English & was very knowledgeable about the area.

We don't have anything negative to say. It was one of the highlight days of our honeymoon so far, & we've been touring for 4 weeks so far!

10/10!!
Reviewed by Cinara on
Day trip to Cinque Terre with Adriano was great. All people in my group were happy. We wasted no time & went right to the best places. Good job!
Reviewed by Andrew on
My wife and I had an amazing time during our small group tour of Cinque Terre. Our tour guide Yaris, was very knowledgable, friendly, and did a great job of making our day that much more enjoyable. We saw so many large tour groups visiting Cinque Terre during the day, and we could not be happier that we had booked a small group tour. Being with a smaller group allowed us to have a much more intimate and relaxing look at the beautiful Cinque Terre.

I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone looking for a fun, picturesque day trip from Florence.
Reviewed by Lyn & Denis on
We thoroughly enjoyed our day trip to the Cinque Terre. We also preferred doing it on a “small group” group basis rather than the on a big tour – it is quicker, friendlier, & no waiting around for late-comers. Our guide was Paulo & he was friendly, with excellent English language skills. On our trip were 2 really elderly ladies (in their 80’s) & he was particularly helpful to them considering that most of the towns require significant walking, stairs & climbing onto boats/trains. Well done, Paolo.

We would certainly recommend the trip to other travelers.
Reviewed by Bassel Elias on
We opted for this tour. Our guide Adriano was great. He was punctual, informative, helpful, caring & had lots of information. His sense of humour made the day enjoyable. As it was raining early morning, we couldn't go through the boat but he made sure we get the most of our time and enjoy the islands. This tour is highly recommended!
Reviewed by Jennifer on
My daughter (15) and I had an excellent day on this tour! Our driver/tour guide Jonathan was great. The day we went 6/23, the ocean was rough so we did not get to go on the Ferry, but Jonathan created a good alternative using the train and minimized walking uphill. Definitely worth taking this tour! We loved it!
Reviewed by Joanne and Alan pidgeon on
Highly recommend this tour. Luca was a great tour leader. His English and driving were superb. Had a fantastic day. Would recommend, the only downside is looking at this page and seeing price reduction as I booked in January and paid way more. Feeling disappointed now
Reviewed by Renee A on
The tour to Cinque Terra was most enjoyable and informative. Our driver, Adriano, was well informed and always courteous. He patiently answered all our questions and was very clear with his instructions. We highly recommend Avventure Bellissime.
Reviewed by Jennifer on
Awesome tour with Jaquemo! He was very knowledgeable on the area & was impeccable with details all day long (for 12+ hours!). Very much enjoyed the day & would absolutely recommend this trip again! One thing to note - it does require a lot of walking and some steep inclines & steps -- can be difficult for an older group.
Reviewed by Val G on
I would like to let you know that today’s Cinque Terre tour was absolutely brilliant. There was not too much walking as your office advised me but more than that the tour guide Lorenzo was fantastic. I felt completely safe with his driving around those narrow winding roads and found the scenery spectacular. Lorenzo was also a very knowledgeable guide who spoke very good English. I would recommend this tour to anyone and will put a review on Trip Advisor when I get the time. Thank you for a fantastic day.
Reviewed by Florence Santomero on
Was very pleaed with this tour company and our driver Tiberio was an excellent source of information, extremely interesting on Italian history. He really added to the trip. Need to warn older travelers about the very steep up and down hill walking involved in this particular tour.
Reviewed by Roth L. on
My name is Roth and we took you tour to Cinque Terre today Sept 10 with Paulo. He was excellent! He was kind, courteous, funny, a great driver, very knowledgeable. He went above and beyond and we are grateful. We will certainly recommend him on Trip Advisor.Thank you, L. Roth
Reviewed by Laurel on
This was a terrific tour. Guiliano was a wonderful host. He was so knowledgeable about the area. We loved seeing Cinque Terre and this small group tour was definitely the way to do it. I would highly recommend taking this trip if you want an up close and personal look at the Italian Riveria!
Reviewed by Agnes Costello on
We were so looking forward to this trip, but it turned out to be a disappointment. We had just finished an Adventure by Disney tour of the Amalfi coast and Tuscany and had an amazing trip. Perhaps, we were expecting the same level of service from this tour group. We paid extra for a private tour for just the four of us (2 adults, 2 children) expecting a great experience based on the reviews and the YouTube video.

Our driver, Lorenzo, was very nice and a great driver, but he was more of a driver than a guide. He did not show us around and he just literally dropped us off and said he would picked us up at a certain time and a certain location. He said that since we were the only people in his group, he gave us "options" on which town to go to etc. Since the Via Dell'Amore was closed, we could not hike, but was given the option to either take the boat or the train between the towns. Unfortunately, the sea was too rough and the boat ride was cancelled (I wished they would have checked on the status the night before and told us). Then the train was delayed, then cancelled! We literally wasted an hour waiting for the train that never came. I know that this was the driver's fault, but it would be nice to have alternate plans. We ended only spending some time in Vernazza and Manarola. When we got to Corniglia, it started to rain heavily and we ended up having gelato and headed back to Florence. We spent more time in the car then in Cinque Terre.

So... check the weather (and boat operations) before you book your trip. The tour runs rain or shine! Also do your research first so that you can tell your driver/ guide exactly what you want to do or see.
Reviewed by Jill Bartos on
This tour was a highlight of our trip to Italy. We met in Piazza Della Repubblica a few minutes before 9am and our guide led 8 of us to a Mercedes van, which was quite comfortable. Giacomo is a gem and is very knowledgeable about the area. After a two hour drive, we enjoyed visiting four villages which included a 15 minute boat ride between two of them. Giacomo made lunch reservations for us which was a good thing because the restaurants were very crowded. At 4pm he took us to the final village, though we were all pretty tired and wouldn't have minded skipping this village which has the steepest walk of all. We left at 5pm and arrived back in Florence two hours later. Overall we loved this tour and highly recommend Giacomo as the perfect tour guide.
Reviewed by T. Archer on
Hello - It was a fantastic day in Cinque Terre. Everything was well organized and planned. Gionata, our guide was awesome. He Was funny, provided really good insight into the history of Italy and the region and was very flexible for the guests on the tour.

The booking process was smooth; however, I was under the impression that it was a private tour. If there were more clear language on your website about the tour not being private, it would help.

Other than that it was great. I would recommend the tour to friends.
Reviewed by Robert M . on
Please know that our Cinque Terra trip withJonathan Paci was wonderful. He does a great job. Thank you. Dr. Robert Mitchell, Kennebunkport, Maine USA
Reviewed by Jill Bartos on
This tour was a highlight of our trip to Italy. We met in Piazza Della Repubblica a few minutes before 9am and our guide led 8 of us to a Mercedes van, which was quite comfortable. Giacomo is a gem and is very knowledgeable about the area. After a two hour drive, we enjoyed visiting four villages which included a 15 minute boat ride between two of them. Giacomo made lunch reservations for us which was a good thing because the restaurants were very crowded. At 4pm he took us to the final village, though we were all pretty tired and wouldn't have minded skipping this village which has the steepest walk of all. We left at 5pm and arrived back in Florence two hours later. Overall we loved this tour and highly recommend Giacomo as the perfect tour guide.
Reviewed by Laurel on
This was a terrific tour. Guiliano was a wonderful host. He was so knowledgeable about the area. We loved seeing Cinque Terre and this small group tour was definitely the way to do it. I would highly recommend taking this trip if you want an up close and personal look at the Italian Riveria!
Reviewed by Betty Baker on
The tour to Cinque Terra was absolutely wonderful and I can’t thank you enough for taking us and then dropping us off at the train station in Le Spezia. That was not a normal thing for you to do and it allowed us to see Cinque Terra on our way from Florence to Genova. What a special location for 5 unique and amazing towns! Our driver “Mr. T” was so knowledgeable, and answered all our questions as patiently as anyone could have been cause there were a lot of them. It all went like clockwork which we appreciated too – very organized. We would recommend your tours for anyone coming to Italy.
Reviewed by Debra Patterson Gardner on
Our guide for this trip was fabulous! Tiburio I think was his name. We really enjoyed the day!
Reviewed by Claudette on
We did the Cinque Terre Day tour on Wednesday March 12, 2014. We were a group of four and we had two other people on our van. Our guide was Luca and he was wonderful. He manage to entertain both the younger and older people in our group. He provided us with wonderful details of the region that we drove through while getting to Cinque Terre. It was a long trip but it seemed to fly by with all the conversation we had with Luca. The vistas were breath taking and we were glad we went during this down time, considering what the traffic must be during the summer.

We first stopped at Riomaggiore, were we had some time to explore and take pictures. We then met at the train station on our way to our second town Manarola. There we found some of the most beautiful scenery. The path past the water area up towards the flag was one of the most beautiful things I saw in Italy on the trip. Luca was helpful in giving us ideas for pictures but not overbearing and intrusive in his manner. We were also traveling with another group of 6 people and there seemed to be comradeship between the groups but we each had our own unique experience.

From Manarola the groups took the train to Vernazza and our guides went back to Riomaggiore to retrieve the vans and meet us back at Vernazza. We had lunch at Capitano and we all enjoyed a nice meal with some very funny Italian waiter scenes. We all had a good laugh and everyone enjoyed themselves. The white wine and the appetizers were delicious. It was amazing to see the level of destruction that the previous flood had created but loved the resilience of the people to rebuild. We walked around the town and through many of the shops and then met our tour guides at the post office.

Our next stop was Corniglia. This was one of our favorite spots! Corniglia was a smaller unspoiled version of Cinque Terre. The whole village is more rustic and has a different kind of beauty than the other three towns we visited. The small church there was beautiful. There were also some wonderful views. We enjoyed a great gelato there.

During the ride back to Florence we all feel asleep but I was lucky to be sitting up front and had some great conversations with Luca. He loves his country and knows its history. Luca was wonderful and our whole group did not stop talking about him for the rest of our trip. This short experience made everyone want to go back for a more extended time. We covered a lot of ground but I would have liked more time to explore! I guess that means I have to come back.
Reviewed by Lilian - 6 December 2013 on
We were very very pleased with the tour we took.we had 3 other tours while in Fireza and our tour with him was by far the best. I would recommend him and your company to anyone coming to Firenza.do whatever possible to keep this excellent employee.
Reviewed by Keith - 23 September 2013 on
Our entire group enjoyed the tour. Our guide, Tiberio Fabbri, was professional, knowledgeable, and very accommodating. We enjoyed the opportunity to see the towns of Cinque Terre from different vantage points. The drive to and from Florence was made interesting thanks to Tiberio's running commentary and ability to handle all our questions.
Reviewed by Charles - 6 October 2013 on
LOVED OUR TOUR! John was a very conscientious driver, knowledgeable, and extremely entertaining! We had such a great time on the tour. Would recommend this to any one who wants to do a day trip from Florence. The only way to see all five cities of Cinque Terre in one day!
Reviewed by Koh Poh Loo on
Very informative and interesting tour we have. Very well organised. Our tour guide (Jonathan) is extremely interesting, fun and informative. He make us feel very welcome and always there for us. Really worth the time and monies spent.
Reviewed by Joseph - 4 November 2013 on
Our guide, John, was knowledgeable and informative making our tour fun and interesting. Every aspect of our day was handled with ease. The diverse group of eight represented Perth, Australia and Iowa, New Jersey and Texas (USA).

We would highly recommend Avventure Bellissime to others.
Reviewed by Jon - 20 November 2013 on
Fantastic!! Luca was very knowledgeable and a cautious driver.
despite the time of year when the boats no loger ran, he managed to take us to 4 of the 5 towns through train or van and led us to fantastic view points.
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