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

Cinque Terre National Park (Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre)
Cinque Terre National Park (Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of postcard-worthy landscapes: sweeping sea cliffs dotted with sandy coves, brightly painted villages clinging to steep terraces, and forested plateaus blooming with wildflowers. Stretching some 4,300 acres (1,740 hectares) along northern Italy’s rugged Italian Riviera, the park dazzles visitors with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean coastline.
 
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.

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.

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. 
 
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. 

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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8 Tours and Activities to Experience Cinque Terre National Park (Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre)

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Shore Excursion from Livorno: Cinque Terre indipendent and Pisa private tour

Shore Excursion from Livorno: Cinque Terre indipendent and Pisa private tour

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Discover the World Heritage-worthy beauty of Cinque Terre on a full-day tour from Pisa to the striking Ligurian coast. Admire the rocky shoreline and colorful seaside villages on a sightseeing cruise, and visit picturesque fishing towns like Vernazza and Riomaggiore by boat or train. See why the region is considered among the most gorgeous in the Mediterranean as you wander narrow cobblestone streets and taste local products like wine, olive oil and fresh pesto. Tour size is limited for a more personalized small-group experience.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$422.89
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$422.89
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Magic Sunset Coast to Coast Cinque Terre Portovenere & Gulf of Poets

Magic Sunset Coast to Coast Cinque Terre Portovenere & Gulf of Poets

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Take in sweeping sunset views of the Cinque Terre coastline on a private boat cruise limited to six people. The evening’s itinerary includes an aperitif, Aperol Spritz, glass of prosecco, or soft drink, free time to relax with your group, and plenty of frame-worthy photo opportunities.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$848.21
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$848.21

Cinque terre

Cinque terre

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Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Manarola, Corniglia and Riomaggiore, each one is more charming than the next. There are a million reasons to be enchanted by this remarkable part of the Italian coastline. Colorful coast with houses that climb to the cliffsides, bays and small beaches, terraced vineyards climbing up from the sea. Cinque Terre means crystal clear waters, laid-back coastal towns, picturesque landscapes with colorful homes, amazing hikes and great food. These five towns were originally fishing villages and that tradition remains strong in the cuisine of the Cinque Terre. Anchovies have been the primary staple since Roman times. Don’t be afraid, they are delicious. the pasta sauce that is most representative of the Liguria region is Pesto sauce. Dark green and aromatic, it is the essence of summer… and don’t forget Limoncello!
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$355.15
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$355.15
Price varies by group size

Cinque Terre Afternoon Private Boat Tour (3 hours max 4 people)

Cinque Terre Afternoon Private Boat Tour (3 hours max 4 people)

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The UNESCO-listed region of Cinque Terre is best seen from the water and this small-group tour has you covered. Board your small yacht, which accommodates up to six passengers, and sail from Monterosso to admire the five towns with their colorful homes and vineyards. Capture beautiful photos, stop for a dip in the Mediterranean, and sip on a complimentary glass of Prosecco over the course of the tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$727.04
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$727.04
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2 Days Private Tour of the Manarola Nativity in Cinque Terre

2 Days Private Tour of the Manarola Nativity in Cinque Terre

One of the most beautiful and evocative spectacles to be seen is the Manarola Nativity, the largest and brightest in the world and for this reason included among the Guinnesses of Records. During two days designed for a family trip between Riomaggiore and Manarola, in the heart of the Cinque Terre, you can immerse yourself in an unusual Christmas atmosphere that surrounds this strip of land between sea and hills, lit up with magic from dawn to dusk. Wrapped in the thousands of lights of the nativity scene, you can listen to the story of the locals on the origins of this extraordinary event, which involves the entire population of Manarola. The following day, after having stayed in a comfortable apartment in the center of the village of Riomaggiore, you can try your hand at making Ligurian pesto in a "fondo", an ancient cellar dating back to 1200, according to the true local tradition.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$545.28
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$545.28
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Cinque Terre Private Boat Tour (3 hours max 4 people)

Cinque Terre Private Boat Tour (3 hours max 4 people)

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In an intimate and private way you will have a boat all to yourself, where you can relax and enjoy a unique view of a UNESCO World Heritage site in 3 hours and if you are lucky when we stop for a swim you could even spot dolphins in the crystal clear waters of Ligurian Sea which is part of the "Sanctuary of the Cetaceans". You will know the history of the small villages of the Cinque Terre, five picturesque villages with colorful houses, suspended on the hills by terraced vineyards near the sea.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$727.04
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$727.04
per group

Cinque Terre Private Boat Tour (2 hours max 4 people)

Cinque Terre Private Boat Tour (2 hours max 4 people)

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In an intimate and private way you will have a boat all to yourself, where you can relax and enjoy a unique view of a UNESCO World Heritage site in two hours and if you are lucky when we will stop to swim you could even spot dolphins in the crystal clear waters of Ligurian Sea which is part of the "Sanctuary of the Cetaceans". You will know the history of the small villages of the Cinque Terre, five picturesque villages with colorful houses, suspended on the hills by terraced vineyards near the sea.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$484.69
per group
From
$484.69
per group

Cinque Terre Afternoon Private Boat Tour (2 hours max 4 people)

Cinque Terre Afternoon Private Boat Tour (2 hours max 4 people)

In an intimate and private way you will have a boat all to yourself, where you can relax and enjoy a unique view of a UNESCO World Heritage site in two hours and if you are lucky when we will stop to swim you could even spot dolphins in the crystal clear waters of Ligurian Sea which is part of the "Sanctuary of the Cetaceans". You will know the history of the small villages of the Cinque Terre, five picturesque villages with colorful houses, suspended on the hills by terraced vineyards near the sea. Best view, best pics.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$545.28
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$545.28
per group

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