A scenic drive from Florence is Cinque Terre, or âFive Lands,â a collection of villages along the rugged portion of the Italian Riviera coast offering opportunities for shopping, beaching, hiking and more.
The NCL Cruise was also excellent, but certainly more pricey. They had the only game in town when it came to the Cinque Terre. Our guide was very good and handled a medical emergency that occurred in such a way the the affected passenger was safe and well treated and the rest of us were able to go on with and enjoy our tour.
Not nearly as pretty as the pictures Ive seen. Good tour guide but very tiring day. Wine shop owners not very friendly and was treated abominably as a sigle person when I tried to get lunch at a restaurant. Ended up walking out without paying. Not worth time and effort. Lake district is much nicer tho hard to get to.
Although the scenery was beautiful, it was extremely crowded and almost impossible to follow our guide. Too much walking that felt more like marching. Couldnt see much unles we struck out on our own for a couple of hours. Lunch in a local restaurant was the highlight of my day.
Wonderful. We took a coach trip and saw the top of the leaning tower of Pisa on the way. First stop was Porto Venere-amazing medieval church, and then a boat cruise to see all of the 5 towns from the sea. Stopped at the largest, Monterosso for a few hours to have lunch and then train and coach back to the port. This excursion was worth the price tag as it was a whole 8 hours and too difficult to organise all the transport by ourselves.
Had a fabulous day visiting Cinque Terre. RC provides a 5 minute shuttle to terminal. Picked up a Taxi who took us to train station (15 minutes/15 Euro). Bought train tickets via the ATM (can select English) to Monterosso. 20 minute train ride and then met Diego (Fish and Chill) at the dock. Spent 4 hours with him on his beautiful boat. He gave us a tour of Cinque Terre; anchored for a bit so we could swim in the Sea; brought my son and husband to a spot where they could cliff jump (cell phone in pocket was major casualty here; served a lovely Mediterranean lunch; and brought us back to Monterosso. Purchased return tickets on train around 3:45 pm, which was crowded, but since it was first stop, still had room. We ended walking back to ship from train station. Easy 20 minute walk which is down hill and well signed. Brought us through a fun shopping area, but we were wiped out, so headed straight back to ship. Such a great day. Highly recommend Diego and Fish and Chill.
lots or plane, trains and automobiles (actually a LONG bus ride, followed by a LONG boat ride to the villages, followed by a train ride back to the bus). That said, our guide was terrific and we totally enjoyed the day!
Our guide was interesting and informative. Portevenere and Cinque Terre were great and the views were stunning. The boat ride was too crowded but it was nice to stop in Monterosso and have lunch. The short walk and rain ride were interesting.
Our Coast of Cinque Terre & Portovenere excursion was outstanding and our tour guide was very good. We thoroughly enjoyed Portovenere, the boat ride to view Cinque Terre and our time in Monterosso al Mare. Definitely recommend this excursion.
We did the Coast of Cinque Terre and Portovenere, the boat ride was fabulous with many great photo opportunities and Portovenere worth the visit, in fact we could have spent a few days in this area as it is really unique in history, quaint a clean town with many, many photo opportunities. Walk brisk so you can get to the top of the hill to see the church, walk around the walled cliffs going onto the built walkways but be careful as it is slippy and then walk the upper part of town before returning to the waterfront but then walk the length of the waterfront so that you do not miss anything, we really enjoyed this small town.
We didn't see very much on this trip as, due to bad weather, the boat trip was cancelled and we travelled by train instead. It rained all the time and we were pretty miserable. This would have been a good trip in better weather.
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