Been to Florence or Pisa already? Want to enjoy another area? Don’t miss the wonderful 5 Terre.
- PICK UP TIME // Suggested 7:30am to avoid big crowds at least in the first part of the morning (it is flexible then you decide when). Back to the port at 4:30 PM /5:00pm (with plenty of time not to miss the ship)
- PICK UP PLACE // Right from the bottom of your ship. As soon as you disembark your ship you’ll see your private driver with a sign and your name on.
- LENGTH // 9 hours (you can always extend it)
- RIOMAGGIORE // After you meet and greet your fantastic English Speaking driver, you will reach the 1st of the 5 Terre (Riomaggiore), after about 1.5 hour drive. Your driver will drop you off and you will have in here around 45 minutes to enjoy the picturesque town. The village, dating from the early thirteenth century, is known for its historic character and its wine, produced by the town’s vineyards. Riomaggiore is the most southern village of the five Cinque Terre, all connected by trail. The water and mountainside have been declared national parks. Before the landslide that hit this area about 3 years ago, there was a path called Via dell’Amore connecting Riomaggiore to its frazione Manarola, also part of the Cinque Terre.
- MANAROLA // Back on the van and over to Manarola another fascinating town of the 5 Terre area which you will reach at around 10.15 where you can spend another 40 minutes strolling around to explore its unique beauty. Manarola may be the oldest of the towns in the Cinque Terre, with the cornerstone of the church, San Lorenzo, dating from 1338. The local wine, called Sciacchetrà, is especially renowned; references from Roman writings mention the high quality of the wine produced in the region. In recent years, Manarola and its neighboring towns have become popular tourist destinations, particularly in the summer months.
- CORNIGLIA & TIME FOR A BREAK // Done with Manarola you will meet again with your driver who will escort you to this fabulous nearby town. Corniglia is not directly adjacent to the sea. Instead, it is on the top of a promontory about 100 metres high, surrounded on three sides by vineyards and terraces and the fourth side descends steeply to the sea. The village stretches along the main road, Fieschi Road, and the houses have one side facing this road and the other facing the sea. In Corniglia, you will have the chance to have something to eat in one of the many little restaurants that we can book in advance for you, but also, in case you want to spend more time shopping and strolling around, you can opt for something quicker to go. You will end up spending in the village about 1.5 hours. You will meet then with your driver again and you will drive for about 20 minutes to the last village of the day.
- VERNAZZA// Full but still willing to explore more, it is now time to reach the most famous of all 5Tterre, Vernazza. Vernazza is the fourth town heading north, has no car traffic, and remains one of the truest “fishing villages” on the Italian Riviera. Vernazza’s name is derived from the Latin adjective verna meaning “native” and the aptly named indigenous wine, vernaccia (“local” or “ours”), helped give birth to the village’s moniker. You will meet eventually with your driver at around 03.30 pm and you will head back to the port aiming at being there at 5ish pm.