The Best of Cinque Terre Tour

Enjoy a quality small-group tour with a great guide exploring the must-sees of the Cinque Terre.

The Best of Cinque Terre

5 Seaside Villages

See some of the Mediterranean’s most stunning seaside villages that comprise the Cinque Terre (‘Five Lands’) in this fantastic one-day, guided trek along the Italian Riviera.

Hillside groves and vineyards

This fabulous day-long walking tour passes through pretty hillside olive groves and vineyards perched along the picturesque Ligurian coast.

Stunning seaside views

See stunning views of the sea as your Cinque Terre tour guide takes you to the best of the Cinque Terre village towns.

A great guide and small group – Covid-19 note*

Accompanied by your guide, this Cinque Terre tour departs from Florence by private small bus, heading towards Italy’s west coast, where you will be led to the best of the Cinque Terre towns. *Since we only use private vehicles and no big buses in the current months we are unable to run the small group semi-private version of this tour as social distancing rules cannot be maintained. Please book a private tour from the calendar if you wish to join us this summer.


On this one-day Cinque Terre tour from Florence, visit the quaint village of Manarola, allowing for an exploration of what is officially considered one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. With a cluttering of citrus-colored tower-houses, this town looks almost edible!


Visit exquisite Riomaggiore, where you will be able to soak up the atmosphere of this lively yet relaxed seaside village. Catch the local train to Monterosso, the windows framing spectacular views of the Ligurian seaside, including capturing the breathtaking sight of Corniglia, as we head to the next port of call along the Cinque Terre.


In Monterosso, see ‘Il Gigante’ – the Giant carved into a cliff-face who has spent centuries enjoying spectacular coastal views over the Monterosso sea.


Reach Vernazza, home to a castle built in the 1400’s to protect the Cinque Terre village from pirate attacks.

Weather permitting, you will also catch the local ‘battello’ boat* between two of the villages.

Highlights of the Best of Cinque Terre Tour Small Group

  • Enjoy private small-bus transfer from Florence to the Cinque Terre with a delightful English-speaking guide
  • Experience some of the Mediterranean’s most stunning seaside villages on a one-day tour along the Italian Riviera
  • Visit 4 of the best Cinque Terre village towns by train, boat* and on foot^, seeing the 5th from a unique vantage point
  • Pass pretty hillside olive groves and vineyards perched along the picturesque Ligurian coast
  • Savour a restaurant lunch featuring typical Ligurian cuisine and wine
  • Your tour guide will also point out the best eateries for other delicious local treats
  • Spy a Castle built in the 1400s to protect the coastal village against pirate attacks
  • Pass through Tuscany’s picturesque countryside as postcard perfect scenery flashes by


Tour Details

Public Tour Meeting point:
Our Office at Via de’ Sassetti, 1 in the heart of Florence

Private Tour Meeting Point:
You may choose to meet at your accommodation location in the historical centre of Florence. We will pick you up there. No need to add an add on transfer.

Public  Tour Meets:
8.15am each Monday and Thursday starting right after Easter and ending at the end of October.

Private Tours:
8am or 8:30am meet on any day

Return transportation from Florence, transportation between villages by local train and boat*, typical Ligurian lunch with wine, expert guide.

Not Included:
Tips, extra courses, extra drinks, snacks.

Fitness requirement:
You must be of an average fitness and health level to do this tour. The tour includes walking on mixed terrain, plus the coastal villages visited have sloping paths and stairs.

Public Tour Minimum participants:
4 persons

Public Tour Maximum participants:
7 persons

10-11 hours

Tour itinerary and transport between villages may vary depending on weather conditions and seasonal availability.

Start Location:

End Location:

Dress Code:
Casual, comfortable shoes

Please note:
Children under 12 years are not allowed on the shared small-group tour.
This tour involves a 30 minute walk over mixed terrain so comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes are advised. *Tour itinerary and transport between villages may vary in accordance with weather, seasonal availability, safety conditions and local ordinances.
^A trek along the famous Via dell’Amore – the ‘path of love’ – adorned with dedications to Greek and Roman gods shall be included when access is open to the public (being that may be closed due to works underway following a landslide in September, 2012).
For any dietary restrictions, please make a note in the Notes section so we can inform the kitchen and do our best to accommodate your requirements.

Meeting Point

ArtViva Office in Florence
Via dei Sassetti, 1, Firenze, FI, Italia


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7 reviews for The Best of Cinque Terre Tour

  1. Annie Zdroik

    We loved Cinque Terre!!!! What a lovely day we had. We would definitely recommend this tour with your company to anyone heading over to Italy, it’s a must see

  2. Donna Garders

    Thank you again for the wonderful tour of Cinque Terre. That was one of my favorite memories of Italy. It was certainly the most beautiful part of Italy that I’ve seen.

  3. John Bronson

    We were very happy with the Artviva tour to Cinque Terre. Of course the landscape is spectacular and your guide brought the day alive with his commentary and friendliness. Thanks for a great experience.

  4. Cheryl Tucson

    Thank you for a fantastic day in Cinque Terre! Lunch was perfect. Good food, good wine, friendly tour, enjoyable company and great guide. Absolutely the best tour ever! Grazie mille

  5. Kaitie

    We wish we could have spent longer in beautiful Cinque Terre! We had a private tour for eight adults and thought ArtViva’s tour gave us the perfect introduction to the place. Our tour guide, Ben, was fantastic – gave us all the information we needed without being pushy or talking too much, answered all our questions, and helped us have a great day. The restaurant for lunch was delicious. We would highly recommend!

  6. David Raposa

    This tour was actually rescheduled from May 6th to May 9th due to weather. Our tour guide was Ben. It was an outstanding tour. I am so glad we booked with Art Viva and that we were free on the 9th to do the tour. It was the hi-light of our trip. .Ben was extremely knowledgeable on the area and set the pace of the tour to our likes. He made suggestions but always let us decide what we wanted to do. He took us on some fabulous walks that produced postcard level photos that we will cherish for years to come. Lunch was very good and the location of the restaurant could not have been better. We were on some good tours during our stay, but this one stood out. Everything was top notch and I could not suggest any way to improve it. Thank you Ben for a fun filled and very memorable day.

  7. Georgina Santos

    Enjoyed the trip and we loved our tour guide.

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