Choosing the best things to see and do on a Cinque Terre day trip is a bit like being asked to choose a favourite child. There’s just so much to experience in this magical part of the world and it’s tempting to try and fit everything in. But in truth that’s impossible, unless you’re lucky enough to have a week or more to explore. Most people have much less than that so it helps to have an idea of what to expect before you come. |
The majority of visitors arrive here on a Cinque Terre day trip from Florence and time is of the essence. So, aside from the extremely obvious ‘must-sees’ (those spectacular views), we’ve narrowed down a handful of experiences we think deliver the essence of the Cinque Terre and really shouldn’t be missed!
Take Time for a Swim in Riomaggiore
Of course you can stop off for a swim in any of the five villages, but there’s just something extra special about jumping into the ocean for a dip in this gorgeous one. The beach is pretty easy to find if you follow the signs, and its stony shores are the perfect place to drop a towel to sunbathe and then dive into the crystal clear waters. It’s the view that’s the real treat, though; so while you’re in the water, turn back toward the cliffs and simply gaze up. It’s a very different sight of the rugged, sliced off coastline, and one you’ll never forget.
Eat Seafood Out of a Cone!
It goes without saying that you’ll be able to taste some pretty spectacular seafood on a Cinque Terre day trip. You can try out any one of the fabulous cafes and restaurants, but for lunch or a snack on the go, you can enjoy the very unique experience of chowing down on some fried seafood served up in a signature cone. Choose from delicacies like anchovies, calamari or, the old classic, fish and chips, then perch yourself on the edge of the ocean to enjoy – bliss!
Have a Drink at Nessun Dorma
Nessun Dorma is a legendary restaurant in the village of Manarola that’s located right on the edge of a cliff with jaw-dropping views over the ocean. But despite its million-dollar outlook, you can actually enjoy a fabulous meal that won’t break the budget. Plot up with a local wine, a plate of bruschetta, seafood, risotto or whatever takes your fancy and congratulate yourself on achieving Nirvana.
Explore the Vineyards
You’ll get a huge reward for just a little effort if you take a gentle hike to visit some of the vineyards that sit above the town centre of Manarola. Naturally it’s uphill to get there, but that just means it’s all downhill on the way back! These incredible terraced vineyards not only make for a fantastic photo opportunity, but you can also get an insight into the way the local wine has been produced here for more than a thousand years.
See the Best of the Region on a Cinque Terre Day Trip
This is just a tiny snapshot of the best things to do in this beautiful part of Italy. If you book on to a Cinque Terre day trip with a reputable local operator in Florence, they’ll be able to make sure you squeeze in as many of the highlights as possible in the available time.
Mauro Bramante is the Director of WalkAbout Florence, an independent business offering unforgettable tours and excursions around Italy including the best Cinque Terre day trip itinerary. Whether you want to ride a Vintage Vespa, try the famous Chianti wine or get cooking with fresh local ingredients, Mauro's company promises excitement, adventure and above all, fun. If you're keen to experience the magic of Italy with the help of some passionate and knowledgeable tour guides, look no further than WalkAbout Florence for your next getaway.
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