Florence is a beautiful destination where people can admire works of inestimable value, but it’s also close to many charming places.
Among the destinations, the nearby towns of Livorno and Siena well worth a visit, as well as Liguria. If you want to explore this coastal region, we recommend a tour of the Cinque Terre. They are a short piece of coast, at the beginning of the Italian Riviera, where five medieval fishing villages have remained intact for centuries.
These 5 villages are Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The coast, the five villages and surrounding hills are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
These villages feature an unique architecture and incredible landscapes, without doubt one of the most beautiful places in Italy. Monterosso is one of the most famous resorts, located in the center of a small natural gulf protected by a small artificial cliff, at the eastern side of Punta Mesco in the Riviera of La Spezia. It is the westernmost of the Cinque Terre.
At the western side of the original village, beyond the Cappuccini Hill, there is the village of Fegina, a natural expansion characterized by a relatively modern tourist structure over the village, that can be reached through a tunnel of a few tens of meters.
The local railway station is located right in Fegina, and its beach is relatively bigger than the narrow ones that characterize the other Cinque Terre.
To reach the Cinque Terre from Florence you can rent a car or take a train and reach the nearby Liguria towards La Spezia, then start climbing the promontory that separates the city from this magical territory. You can also book a Cinque Terre tour from Florence, an easy way to enjoy a no-worries day.
For example, the landscape from Riomaggiore is really exciting. The walk will end at the ancient harbor, which is still intact as it was about 1000 years ago. You can walk down to the “Way of Love“, one of the most romantic walk of Italy, located along the cliff, that offers spectacular views of the coast and connects Riomaggiore to Manarola.
Step by step, the landscape, the rock formations, the vegetation and colors change completely. Manarola is the most photogenic of the five villages, because of its beautiful alleys. The visit can continue, either using a local train or a ferry for a 10 minute ride, towards Vernazza, the most picturesque of the five villages.
At the end of the tour, maybe after a rich lunch made of typical products (not to miss the “trofie al pesto”) there is Corniglia, the only one of the Cinque Terre which is not lying directly on the sea.
An ancient and fascinating place, the ideal conclusion of the tour before heading back to Florence.