Pisa & Cinque Terre Day Trip From Florence

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Pisa & Cinque Terre Day Trip From Florence

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  • 12 Hours
  • 6 - 30 People
  • March - November

Kick off your Florence day trip with an early start, heading to Cinque Terre and a 90-minute visit to the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa. Gather at Santa Maria Novella train station by 7:30 am to meet your guide for the day!

In Pisa, enjoy the freedom to explore the Leaning Tower, Baptistry, Campo Santo, and the Pisa Cathedral, capturing memorable photos. Then, after a train journey to La Spezia, hop on a local train to Cinque Terre, encompassing Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, known for their natural splendor and coastal charm.

Begin in Riomaggiore with an orientation walk and an optional light lunch to taste local flavors. Wander through Manarola’s picturesque settings and conclude in Vernazza, where you can unwind on the beach. Dress comfortably for a day of exploration in these beautiful Italian landscapes.

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Price Includes

  • Local English-speaking tour leader
  • 1h30 Stop in Pisa to allow you to visit the leaning tower & main monuments
  • The best of Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore, Manarola and Vernazza
  • Free time in Pisa and Cinque Terre villages to enjoy and discover the places at your own leisure
  • Return train tickets Florence - Pisa - Cinque Terre
  • Local crew with info about the area and the local products
  • Time to swim (not recommended in the winter months)

Pisa and the Cinque Terre Tour Highlights

  • A trip to discover the top spots in Tuscany and in the Liguria region just in one day
  • Terrific scenery of the Cinque Terre national park & from the view point in Vernazza
  • Travel by local train to fit everything in a day considering the long distance
  • Swim in crystal water and relax on sandy beaches
  • Meet other travellers and backpackers of the same age
  • Follow our passionate crew navigating the Italian train system smoothly and efficently

Your Pisa and the Cinque Terre Tour Itinerary

Begin your day trip from Florence with an early wake-up for an exciting day at the Cinque Terre, one of the most distinctive villages of Italy, plus a 90-minute stop at the famous leaning tower of Pisa.

The meeting point is at the Santa Maria Novella train station in front of the pharmacy at 7:30 am opposite platform 16. Here, you will meet up with one of our tour guides who will take good care of you for the day.

Our first stop is Pisa, home of the must-visit Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Baptistry, Campo Santo, and Duomo di Pisa (Pisa Cathedral). Here, you will be free to walk around the square and enjoy taking as many funny pictures as you can think of with the leaning tower.

After Pisa and a 2 hour, 30-minute train ride, we will reach La Spezia, where we will take the local train to reach the Cinque Terre, (or The Five Lands). The area is made up of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Corniglia, and Monterosso, each of which is famous for its natural beauty, scenic trails, spectacular coastline, and sunny beaches.

For your tour from Florence, we advise that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes to be comfortable while exploring on foot. Our first stop will be in Riomaggiore. In this village, after an orientation walk, we will have the time to stop for a light lunch (which is optional), where you can sample local products.

We will continue to the next village, Manarola, which is filled with boats and beautiful views, which make for amazing photos. Our last village is Vernazza, where you will be free to relax on the beach, sunbathe, or take a swim before returning to Florence.

Our departure from Cinque Terre is at 5:40 pm*. We will arrive back in Pisa at 7:00 pm* or in Florence at 8:00 pm* approx.

* Subject to change depending on transport

The duration of the trip is 13 hours.

Any questions about this Pisa and Cinque Terre day tour? Please get in touch.

Pisa & Cinque Terre Day Trip Details

Meeting Point

Florence: In front of the main entrance of the pharmacy located inside S.M.N Florence train station opposite platform 16 at 07:30am

Pisa: In front of McDonald on piazza Manin at 10:30am. If you wish to visit Pisa, do so independently before you meet with your group leader. 

Departures

March – November : Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday / June – September : Extra departure on Sunday

 

Additional Info

  • The tour is run by train. The Cinque Terre are located 2h30m outside of Florence in the Liguria region. The villages can only be visited by train or boat so in high season due to the popularity of the villages, the trains could be very crowed  and subject to delays. Be prepared!
  • This tour is not suitable for people with walking disabilities and kids
  • We recommend you not to make any travel arrangements on the same day for when we return to Florence in the event of any train delays.
  • Don’t bring any valuable items on the tour. Thieves are frequent on the Cinque Terre.
  • In the unlucky event you are late and you miss the group, just take the first train to Pisa and you can meet the group there at 10.30am from Piazza Manin. Don’t forget to send a quick email to inform us so that the guide can meet you in Pisa.
  • In the summer months, 2 villages will be visited instead of 3 to allow everyone to relax longer in the villages and take a swim. Don’t forget to bring your swimming suit.
     

Reccomendations for off summer seasons:

Certainly winter is not the best time to visit the Cinque Terre, which are summer villages and mainly come alive from June until the end of September, however winter is the best time to appreciate the nature, the landscape and the quietness of this magic lands away from the summer crowds. A stop to Pisa before heading to Cinque Terre is a must.

FOOD & DRINKS From November until March the majority of the shops and local restaurants will close for their annual leave. We recommend to bring a packed lunch

FORECAST In case of rain we recommend you to bring a rain coat due to the wind on the villages and wear warm clothes

LANDSCAPE The paths on the national park due to the often land slides are closed by the local authorities every time is considered to be dangerous for the people.

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