The Best of Cinque Terre Tour from Florence

Enjoy a beautiful tour with a great guide exploring the must-sees of the Cinque Terre.

The Best of Cinque Terre Tour

The 5 Seaside Villages of Cinque Terre

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

Cinque Terre Hillside Groves and Vineyards

This fabulous day-long tour from Florence 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 Cinque Terre 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.

Cinque Terre Village: Manarola

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!

Cinque Terre Village: Riomaggiore

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.

Cinque Terre Village: Monterosso

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

Cinque Terre Village: Vernazza

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

Bonus Cinque Terre Boat Ride

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

Highlights of the Best of Cinque Terre Tour 

  • 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 3 of the best Cinque Terre village towns by train, boat* and on foot^, seeing the others from a unique vantage point
  • Pass pretty Cinque Terre hillside olive groves and vineyards perched along the picturesque Ligurian coast
  • Savour a Cinque Terre restaurant lunch featuring typical Ligurian cuisine and wine
  • Your tour guide will also point out the best Cinque Terre 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

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.

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

Meeting point will be advised after booking


We accept most major credit cards and payment forms. Please see the bottom of our website for the payment types accepted.

Most of our customers enjoy having the benefits of a private tour. You have your own guide. You can have rest stops when you like. We can tailor the tour to suit your needs and preferences. We always choose the best guide for your needs, whether you are a family, an art school, or a company doing an incentive event.

All our tours except our Sex, Drugs and Renaissance tour are kid friendly. When doing a private tour with us, you have your own guide, so tell us in the notes of the booking the ages of your kids and we will tailor the tour and choose a guide that’s great for kids for you. We also have 4 special kids’ tours in Florence.

No large bags or backpacks in museums, in churches shoulders and knees must be covered so bring a scarf to cover your shoulders. IF it’s a walking, bicycle or a countryside tour make sure to bring comfortable shoes.

It’s important for everyone to bring their ID

student or children for the museum

All tours are conducted in English only unless otherwise noted or requested. Other languages available for all private tours on request.

We recommend arriving 15 minutes before departure time for all tours and services

We are offering mainly Private and some Semi-private tours at the moment. We do not offer many semi private small group tours anymore due to the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. The difference between Private and Semi-private is that the private tours are fully private tours with your own guide and the Semi-private are small shared group tours where individuals can join others.

Children under 12 are not allowed on this tour

No, there is hiking over mixed terrain. Please contact us for private tour options

Typical Ligurian lunch at a restaurant. We can accommodate any dietary requirements or food allergies.

We allow a maximum of 7 people on the Best of Cinque Terre tour.

Yes, just let us know what your dietary requirements are and we will update the venue.

Yes, you will have free time in each town to explore on your own.

We use a 9-seater minivan


7 reviews for The Best of Cinque Terre Tour from Florence

  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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