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The Italian Riviera: Cinque Terre and Portovenere from Florence

Written by Fiona

February 19 2020

For a memorable journey out of Florence, you will need sufficient time, so start early. You will get the chance to discover the paradise of Cinque Terre Italy. This colourful village has lots of things to explore with round-trip transport from Florence. 

You can discover hidden gems of Cinque Terre regions, including the ancient Riomaggiore fishing village and the Ligurian Sea. Make sure to have sufficient time to explore Vernazza and Manarola. In the Monterosso village, you will fall in love with its unique views and a beautiful seaside.

Italian Riviera

Visiting Cinque Terre and La Spezia from Florence, you’ll experience the picturesque Italian Riviera. The Italian Riviera offers an enchanting mix of pristine beaches, vibrantly colourful homes, delectable regional cuisine and panoramic views.

This stretch of coastline has something for everyone, such as glitz in Sanremo, music, Cinque Terre and picturesque hiking. There are also the open-air markets of Ventimiglia, Portofino parks and quaint waterfront towns. 

Summer is the best time for the beaches, while winter offers a lovely climate for walking, exploring museums and seeing the parks of the Italian Riviera.  

Attractions in Cinque Terre

You could start with Cinque Terre’s national parks. This area is situated on the Liguria eastern coast, aka Riviera di Levante. It stretches from Punta Mesco (Mesco Point) to Punta Manara (Montenero Point).

You’ll enjoy a vibrant and unique landscape. The steep and rugged terrain and agricultural landscape have beautiful cliffs and the Mediterranean Sea. These terrains are famous for cultivating olives and grapes.

The Cinque Terre is also World Heritage UNESCO sites, which means it is protected as a sea reserve and a natural park. This area is named after five small towns of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Cinque Terre refers to five lands. It is full of exciting and colourful locations.

For a more old fashioned rhythm of life, visit Corniglia and Manarola.

Old steps and hiking paths among broom bushes, fragrant lemons and flowers link small towns together.

Lovers Walk (Via dell’Amore)

This is a famous path, which was created in the early 1900s. It’s at its most romantic at sunset.

On this walk you will travel through the vineyards, explore the beautiful towns of Monterosso, Vernazza, and Manarola. In the late afternoon, you shouldn’t miss travelling on a train or boat to explore Portovenere.

During this tour, your last stop will be La Spezia (the largest naval base of Italy). This tour will enable you to discover the breathtaking and rocky beauty of Ligurian Coastline.

The five villages of Cinque Terre make it the best scenic place. Make sure to have more than one day to explore the beauty of Cinque Terre and Portovenere from Florence. 


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