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Cinque Terre National Park (Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre)
Cinque Terre National Park (Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre)

Cinque Terre National Park (Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre)

Italy

The Basics

The five centuries-old villages comprising Cinque Terre National Park—Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Manarola, and Vernazza—are the main draw for travelers. A well-worn footpath links the towns; some portions of the trail are better maintained than others, but all offer stunning views over the Ligurian Sea. Day tours are the most convenient way to visit the coast, running to the Cinque Terre from La Spezia, Siena, Pisa, San Gimignano, and most commonly, Florence. Most day trips squeeze in all five towns plus a stop in nearby Portovenere, but those who want more time in the Cinque Terre can stay overnight or on a multi-day tour to make the most of outdoor activities—such as hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and paragliding—plus the region’s seafood and warm hospitality.

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Cinque Terre Sunset Tour Experience
Cinque Terre Sunset Tour Experience
$120.89 per adult
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Beautiful
Excellent trip. I would recommend to everyone. Mateo and Linda were great hosts. It is a smaller boat then the big tour groups. We had 10 passengers.
Dwight_L, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Cinque Terre

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Absolutely worth doing
Daniela_R, Aug 2021
Cinque Terre Boat Tours Experience
All around a fabulous experience. Matteo and Elena (i hope i got the names right) were super friendly and courteous. Elena is a language whizz and has vast knowledge about the area and its perks. There was enough break to have a swim and take in the sights. I can only recommend doing this tour. Definitely a Highlight for us in our holiday! Thank you guys
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Magnificent Monterosso al Mare and More!
Gregory_K, Jul 2021
Exclusive Cinque Terre Private Day Trip from Florence
Fabio was fabulous showing us all 5 cinque terra villages in a day. What an amazing day. What an incredible experience. Loved the trains, the boat, the unique villages and the local fresh seafood. Thank you Fabio for showing us such a great day!
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Great Experience
Michael_G, Jul 2021
Exclusive Cinque Terre Private Day Trip from Florence
The guide was amazing and was able to take us to all the towns despite a mess up by Viator. Very professional and a spectacular time.
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Amazing trip for my birthday
Adaftari, Dec 2019
Private Tour of the Cinque Terre from Milan
We had a fabulous time walking through 4 of the 5 towns. They were closed as it was prior to christmas but we still got to see a lot and exprienced some of the wine shops and had a fabulous lunch. I recommend it to all.
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Breathtaking views
abotnen, Nov 2019
Cinque Terre Private Tour by Minivan and Ferry-Boat Shore excursion from Livorno
Elizabeta gave us a magical day touring the towns of Cinque Terre. Stefano drove us safely from the port up into the mountains. The views were absolutely amazing! We will go back & visit with her every time we find ourselves in Italy!
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Amazing!
nietofamily2019, Aug 2019
Cinque Terre Private Tour by Minivan and Ferry-Boat Shore excursion from Livorno
This tour was wonderful! We had an amazing time and we had Sarah was wonderful and gave us enough time at each village. She coordinated all of our visits to the villages by ferry boat and train perfectly. It was an incredible experience!
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Fantastic Cinque Terre Cruise
winedoenecke, Jun 2019
Magic Sunset Coast to Coast Cinque Terre Portovenere
What a perfect way to end out visit to the Cinque Terre. They were such incredible hosts! The scenery was spectacular, the Prosecco and aperol spritz were refreshing and the appetizers were abundant and delish. We couldn't have asked for more. Everything was fantastic!
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This tour was a long day but...
snap, Oct 2017
Shore Excursion from Livorno: Cinque Terre indipendent and Pisa private tour
This tour was a long day but absolutely the best we did in Italy! our guide was excellent giving us plenty of free time while showing us the main highlights. The scenery is stunning and the villages still keep their charm and character.
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Great tour. We got pickup by the...
Analyn B, Dec 2017
Shore Excursion from Livorno: Cinque Terre indipendent and Pisa private tour
Great tour. We got pickup by the tour guide in the minivan and they took us to all the villages. It was an amazing experience. I really enjoyed the beautiful villages and the scenery. Great weather during July timeframe. I highly recommend Cinque Terre.
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Cinque terre trip
moonypuravida, Nov 2019
Exclusive Cinque Terre Private Day Trip from Florence
What a memorable day! Angel was amazing he genuinely love what he does. Extremely professional funny and knowledgeable we made a friend for life . Thank you!!
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I did this tour back in March. Maria...
Mandy F, May 2018
Magic Sunset Coast to Coast Cinque Terre Portovenere
I did this tour back in March. Maria and Simone were such awesome people!! They communicated with me via WhatsApp often from the point that I made the reservation to moments before I boarded the boat. I was the only person that booked for that day and I didn't know it so I was surprised when they didn't cancel the trip for not having minimum amount of people. They were far more concerned with showing me a good time and helping me appreciate the place that they come from. The spread on board the boat was far more than I imagined, however in an unexpected turn I got motion sick which is odd because I flight on planes for a living. I wasn't able to eat hardly any of it OR drink my spritz. We retuned early to the doc and although my illness wasn't their fault they made it up to me. I will definitely look them up next time I go to Cinque Terre, and do the cruise again. Thank you Maria and Simone! :
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Private Tour in Cinque Terra
Discover31031375448, Sep 2019
Exclusive Cinque Terre Private Day Trip from Florence
Perfect day spent with Angel, our tour guide visiting the five villages. Had a great lunch and winetasting. At the end we took the ferry and saw all the villages from the water. Was one of our best days while visiting Florence. Would highly recommend this tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Cinque Terre can get extremely busy in peak summer season, so book tours and accommodations in advance.

  • Pack sunscreen, a refillable water bottle (drinking fountains are available throughout the park), and comfortable and sturdy walking shoes (the village roads are often steep and uneven).

  • While many hotels and attractions in Cinque Terre National Park are wheelchair and stroller accessible, the villages’ steep and narrow lanes can be challenging for those with mobility issues.

  • Wi-Fi is available throughout the national park.

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How to Get There

Cinque Terre National Park is two hours from Florence by road, an hour from Pisa, and 20 minutes from La Spezia. Parking is limited in the villages, so unless you are staying in Cinque Terre overnight, ditch the car and join a tour or arrive by train. Trains (year-round) and ferries (mid-April through October) connect the five villages, but the best options for exploring the national park are hiking and mountain biking.

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When to Get There

Cinque Terre National Park sees the most visitors (especially day-trippers) and the highest temperatures—upwards of 100°F (40°C)—during summer. Hikers should aim to visit in May or September to avoid the heat, while budget-minded might plan around August, when hotel prices rise. Visiting in winter is possible, but some hiking trails may be inaccessible in rainy weather.

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Hiking in Cinque Terre National Park

There are over 75 miles (120 kilometers) of hiking trails in Cinque Terre National Park, some of which were the only connection between the villages and the hinterland for centuries. Today, the most commonly traversed path is the Blue Trail (Sentiero Azzurro), a six-hour coastal trail linking Cinque Terre’s villages and offering spectacular views. For visitors who fancy more of a workout, there are plenty of rugged mountain trails, including the Sciacchetrail, a challenging 29-mile (47-kilometer) route that loops around the entire protected area—and hosts an annual trail-running race.

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