This small group tour is the best way to discover the villages of the Cinque Terre and lovely Portovenere. Departing from Florence, you will drive to the coast, passing by the Apuan Alps with their dazzling white marble quarries as you enter into Ligurian territory, home of the Cinque Terre.
Riomaggiore is a medieval fishing village that clings to the sides of a hill; stairways and narrow alleys lead to quaint small squares. In the neighboring hills, there is plenty of space for spectacular hikes. Next up is Manarola. This picturesque town sits in a gorge on a rocky promontory, with silvery olive trees and tidy rows of grapevines all around it.
The third stop will be Vernazza, one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. Built on an outcropping on the sea, it is surrounded by terraced hills that tumble steeply to the small port. Here you will have time explore the shops and stop for lunch in a typical restaurant serving seafood cuisine.
The next leg of the tour will be on the water, as you take a short boat excursion along the coast between Vernazza and Portovenere so that these picturesque villages can be viewed from a different angle. You will have about an hour to enjoy this rugged coastline while the waves carry you to your final destination, Portovenere, named after the goddess Venus. Here you will be able to walk along the seafront to visit the little shops and cafes, or and climb up to the Doria Castle and the Gothic Church of San Pietro. This church was built on the ruins of a Roman temple dedicated to Venus and will surely astonish you with its striking, black and white zebra-striped facade.
Portovenere is the last stop of the day, before getting back on the minivan and being taken back to your hotel in Florence.
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