On this day tour we will visit the enchanting Cinque Terre is a short piece of coastline just outside of the border of Tuscany where five medieval fisherman villages survived intact to the centuries isolated as if they were on an island as they could only be reached by sea. They feature a unique architecture and unbelievable landscapes around them. This is unquestionably one of the most beautiful spots in Italy and a top priority to visit.
We will drive through La Spezia and start climbing the promontory that separates this large city from the Cinque Terre. Our first stop will be Riomaggiore, the scenery from above here is breath-taking. Once arrived at the top of the village you will start winding down walking along its houses which cluster both sides of the steep valley; the constructions seem so daring that one often wonders how these medieval buildings have survived the centuries despite their extremely unstable location. The walk down will end at the ancient marina, which is still intact as it was about 1000 years ago. We will head onto the famous "Via dell'Amore" (Walkway of Love) a romantic, easy and flat trail carved along the cliffs that offers spectacular views over the coastline, and connects Riomaggiore to Manarola. At each step the scenery of the rock formation, the greenery and colors change completely.
The second town to visit at Cinque Terre is Manarola, which is indeed the most photogenic of the five towns with its lovely streets and alleys going all around and leading toward the promontory top.
The visit will continue by using either a local train or ferry and in about 10 minutes you will easily get to Vernazza, the most picturesque of the five, and to Monterosso al Mare, where you will find the most beautiful beaches. The five villages are connected by a walking trail named “Sentiero Azzurro”.
Driving out of this area is a fantastic moment as the road is one of the most breath-taking and scenic in Italy especially when we will reach Corniglia, the oldest village and only one of the five towns that is not directly by the sea.
The coastline, the five villages and the hillsides are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On the way back, if there is enough time, you will have the chance to have a short stop in Pisa for a picture with the Leaning Tower.
We can recommend a licensed tour guide, who will lead and explain you more in detail the history of the attractions we will visit and the local culture by telling you little curious anecdotes.