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Pisa and Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence by Train

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Firenze, Italy
Pisa and Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence by Train
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Discover Pisa and the picturesque Cinque Terre on this day trip departing from Florence. Snap a photo with the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa before heading to the coast to see the seaside villages of the Italian Riviera. There, travel through the pink- and yellow-hued towns of the Cinque Terre, a World Heritage Site. Explore the beaches, try the local cuisine (own expense) and wander the charming cobblestone streets. This excursion is open to travelers between 18 and 45 years old, and includes your train transportation.
  • Full-day trip to Pisa and the Cinque Terre from Florence, with train transport included
  • See Pisa’s top sights, including the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Duomo, with free time at the Field of Dreams
  • Discover the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre with an expert guide
  • Wander along Riomaggiore’s historical streets and admire the pastel buildings that lean against each other
  • Relax on the beach or cool off with a swim in Vernazza
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Local English-speaking tour leader
Stop in Pisa to allow you to visit the leaning tower
The best of Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore, Manarola and Vernazza
Info about the region and sites
Gratuities
Entrance to the Tower of Pisa
Lunch
Piazza della Stazione, 3 , Piazza della Stazione, 3, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

In front of the main entrance of the pharmacy located inside Santa Maria Novella Train station of Florence opposite platform 16

This activity will end right where it started.
Your trip will begin at the Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence, where you’ll meet your guide. Then hop aboard and enjoy the 1-hour train ride from Florence to Pisa.

Once there, head to Piazza dei Miracoli with your guide, where you’ll find the Duomo, the Baptistery and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Enjoy 1.5 hours to explore these top attractions independently.

Afterward, return to the train station to head toward La Spezia, switching trains toward Riomaggiore just over an hour later. Here you’ll enter the beloved Cinque Terre, comprising five villages along the Italian Riviera.

Hop off to stroll the charming streets with your guide. The buildings along each fishing village are brilliantly colored in pinks, yellows and blues and make a stunning backdrop for your photos.

Continue by train to the village of Manarola, which is rumored to have more grapevines than any other Cinque Terre town. Check out the harbor before heading to your final stop, the village of Vernazza. Here you can enjoy time to explore on your own, jumping into the waters of the Riviera or taking in some rays at the beach.

After a full day of exploration, travel back to Florence by train, where your tour concludes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Stazione di Firenze Santa Maria Novella
Meet your expert guide at Santa Maria Novella train station in central Florence, then hop aboard an air-conditioned train to Pisa. Sit back and relax as you enjoy your scenic ride out of the city, arriving in Pisa approximately an hour later.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Leaning Tower of Pisa
On arrival, follow your guide to the Field of Dreams (Piazza dei Miracoli), a verdant expanse home to the city’s most important sights: the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Baptistery and the Duomo.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Piazza dei Miracoli
With 1.5 hours here spent at your leisure, perhaps pose for photos by the Leaning Tower and, depending on availability, head inside for a guided tour (own expense). Alternatively, make for the Duomo (own expense) to marvel at its carved pulpit by Giovanni Pisano, or head inside the Baptistery (own expense) to test the unusual acoustics.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
La Spezia
Just under 1.5 hours later, find yourself at La Spezia train station, where you’ll catch a local train to the historical village of Riomaggiore.
Stop At:  
Riomaggiore
Wonder at the tightly packed pastel buildings as you stroll along the cobbled streets with your guide.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vernazza
Continue by train to Vernazza, a seaside town that surrounds a tiny, natural port. Alight your train, then enjoy free time to soak up the sun on the pretty beach, or dive into the cooling waters for a swim.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Manarola
Your final stop is Manarola, a tiny village that is said to have more grapevines than any other Cinque Terre village. Wander along the harbor and spend a few minutes snapping photos of the picturesque buildings that cascade toward the sea.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Florence
After, make your way back to La Spezia or Pisa aboard the train for the return trip to Florence, where your tour concludes. -------------------- ITINERARY -------------------- Please note: Via dell’Amore is closed to the public due to landslide damage.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • In high season ( June, July & August ) due to the popularity of the villages, the trains could be very crowed and hot, be prepared.
  • This tour is not suitable for people with walking disabilties and to those sensitive to the heat
  • It is recommended to wear comfortable clothes
  • In summer it is recommended to bring hat, sun cream, bottle of water and swimming suit
  • In winter it is recommended to bring a rain jacket in the event of bad weather
  • The tour is in English only
  • Minimum age allowed on the tour is 18 years - no kids
  • Maximum age allowed on the tour is 45 years
  • We are not strict with the age limit and people older than 45 BUT younger than 50 are always welcome as long as they are young in heart and have no walking disabilities and are happy to be with younger people. Our Tour Operator has a general audience of college students, backpackers, solo travellers, etc... that often fall into this category. The tour is more fast-paced, budget-minded and are made for travellers to meet and connect with other passengers of the same age from all parts of the world who share the same interests, lifestyles and traveling styles.
  • Please note:
  • Due to a landslide which occurred at the end of September 2012, Via dell’Amore is closed
  • In the event of a national train strike or train delays, the tour operator is not responsible of the disservice of the trains. In the event of national train strikes the tour could be cancelled
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We recommend you not to make any travel arrangements for when we return to Florence in the event of any train delays.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Italy on a Budget tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Pisa and Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence by Train?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Pisa and Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence by Train.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Pisa and Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence by Train?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Pisa and Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence by Train?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Pisa and Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence by Train?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "This tour also involves a lot of trains so if you aren’t open for an adventure using the best transportation Italy has to offer, this isn’t for you!" See review
  • "This tour is definitely worth your while if you are on a tight schedule." See review

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star-5
Convenient, gorgeous, you see a LOT, but not for those looking for a leisurely day
Stefana_L
, Jul 2022
Overall, I'd say this trip is definitely worth it -- however, keep in mind this is a LOT packed into one day, plus the heat. It is exhausting and you might feel a bit rushed in each location (especially if the trains are delayed like they were for us). Now, this is in no way the fault of the organizers -- being rushed just comes with the territory of fitting in so many things in one day. Since we only had one extra day, this was definitely the best way to get to see as much as possible! But if you're looking for a relaxing day, this might not be the best. But the positives! Pisa and Cinque Terre are absolutely beautiful and it was such a dream to see them. I loved every second of it and now I can't wait to go back! The tour guide Francesca was so nice and helpful, and very informative! This is such a convenient trip to take if you're staying Florence. This was one of my favorite things I did on this trip.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Day trip to Pisa and more.
Dolores_G
, Jul 2022
The guide Julia was very nice and helpful. However too many stops with too little time to really enjoy the stop. Maybe instead of three stops after Pisa, only two. Add more time to the two stops. You can have time to swim or have a decent meal. The three stops were very beautiful, but very similar.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Fine experience but no real value add
Katherine_G
, Jul 2022
The tour felt very rushed, taking the local trains - we ran into delays which made our stays in each location even shorter. We were not able to go up the tower in Pisa, and barely had time to swim. I would have preferred going just to Pisa and Manarola. On the positive side, guide was excellent!
star-3
It took 4 hours to get to...
Sandra_A
, Jul 2022
It took 4 hours to get to Cinque Terre from Pisa because there was an accident on the railroad. It’s not the guide’s fault, he tried to make it up to us and even stayed an hour more. Unfortunately, because of the incident, we were only able to see 1 town out of 3. It would’ve been ideal if it were a tour by bus instead of having to take multiple public trains and rely on them…
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Sandra, thanks for taking the time to share your experience. Unfortunately, this kind of event is completely out of our control. This kind of events can also happen on main roads by bus. Cinque Terre can only be visited by train as it is a national park and buses are not allowed. The fact that the tour is by train allows you to see more in a day and avoid traffic jams typical of the summer and get to destinations faster. Again accidents can happen but luckily are not that often and no one can predict them. We hope you still enjoyed the locations visited. Kind Regards
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great day trip to go to coast
Alessandra_P
, Jul 2022
A great trip! Francesca was very knowledgeable, friendly, & great at navigating all the trains. She made sure we had as much time as possible in each place!
star-4
Just beautiful and informative
Caroline_L
, May 2022
Excellent way to spend the day!!! Valentina, our tour guide was awesome and super informative. She even went above and beyond to recommend her favorite places to eat/visit while in Italy!! The tour was a long full day, but you will take many trains to relax from lots of walking! It is also a great way to learn about the train system and how the process works!!! We recommend 100%
star-5
An incredible experience.
Benjamin_G
, May 2022
This tour was incredible. It’s a long day but seeing Pisa and Cinque Terre in one day is great if you are trying to pack in a lot on a short trip to Florence. Our guide was really knowledgeable and answered all questions we had.
star-4
Good but fast paced through cinque terre
Christopher_E
, May 2022
This is a great tour to experience multiple cities and areas. Our guide Francesca was wonderful! She was prompt, knowledgeable, and has a pleasant and energetic personality. The Pisa trip has plenty of time for pictures, a trip up the tower if desired, and to grab a snack. The Cinque Terre portion was a bit hectic depending on the trains, and time was limited usually to 1h or less in each town. However, this is great if you’re just wanting a glimpse for experience, views, and to scope out future travel. Overall good experience.
star-5
An absolute must see in Tuscany!
DGAUTNEY
, May 2022
Francesca was absolute delight as our tour leader. Kind and personable, she was able to think on her feet when the transportation situation didn’t go according to plan, and got us quality time everywhere you want to see. Pisa in the morning was calm and tranquil and Cinque Terre should not be missed. Couldn’t recommend this trip any higher
star-5
Day trip to Pisa and Cinque Terre
Jackie_F
, Mar 2022
This is a great way to see Pisa and Cinque Terre if you are using Florence as your base. It's a long day on trains but was worth seeing two cities. Valentina was very accommodating getting 11 people from each stop all day. Keep in mind that the day starts at 7 and you get back to the train station at 7:30 that evening.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hi! Thank you for your review. We are happy that you liked it. As you noticed it is the best way to visit two places in one day. Spread your words with your friends! We will be happy to see you on other of our tours.!
star-2
Too many train...
Josephine_B
, Mar 2022
Too many train connections for so little time at each stop. Guide was good at navigating through train connections but that was it. No additional information offered. I wish she offered background of sites, cities, towns, history, etc. Would not recommend for the time and money.
star-5
Easy day trip from Florence to see Italy
Natalie_B
, Mar 2022
We really enjoyed this trip! It was a long day, roughly 12 hours, with lots of walking and train time but it is worth it! If you are someone who doesn’t mind lots of moving throughout the day (navigating the trains and walking through the coyote) then I highly recommend it.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hi! It's great to hear from you! Our tour "Pisa and Cinque Terre Day Trip" is a one-day tour, it's the best way to see two places in one day, it's recommended for travelers who are short on time, Thank you for your recommendation.
star-5
Amazing tour!
Charikleia_A
, Mar 2022
It was an amazing experience I really recommend visiting Pisa as well as the cinque terre villages!! We had so much fun and Valentina was a great guide!! Worth it
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for your review. We are happy that you really enjoyed the tour. We hope to see you soon again on any of the alternative tours we organize all over Italy.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great way to see everything in one day!
Jasmine_U
, Feb 2022
Overall, this trip was very fun and saw lots of things. However, the beginning was a little frustrating. We were not contacted the night before about confirmation of where and what time to meet. We ended arriving at the train station at 6:45 as the tour said 7am. We got there and ended up not leaving until 7:45 for our train. It seems that the start of the trip was unorganized. After that, everything was pretty else was pretty good! Our guide, Eliza, was super helpful and nice and tried her best to answer all our questions. She was amazing! Before booking this trip, I would keep in mind to be flexible about train times as those can change and you may have to rush to the next train to ensure you get back to Florence not too late. Otherwise, it was a really fun day!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Ciao! Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed review. We are sorry to hear that you were early to the meeting point, the train times are always changing and we just want to allow some extra time for the unexpected. We are happy to hear that your day with Elisa went smoothly after that! We hope to see you again soon!
star-5
A Perfect day with Valentina
Ido_Z
, Dec 2021
I think this should be a must-do day trip to anyone arriving to Florence for more then 2 days! The trip takes you to Pisa and the e beautiful and romantic scenes and houses of chinqa terra. Try to get Valentina as your guide so she will make sure you get the best of the day, give you knowledge and take care of all your needs. More then that, she is a kind and caring person that helped us in stuff beyond the trips need with great devotion !
star-5
The core and nothing but the core 💕of Pisa & Conque Terre
Larissa_N
, Aug 2021
We had a blast on our trip. Our tour guide, Emma, was the perfect balance of knowledge without overbearing details. She allowed time for individual exploration and was always waiting for us at the meeting point. She was engaged without intrusion and the experience of riding the trains in the middle of high tourism was reminiscing of my NYC days. Definitely a memorable experience that would be discussed around the family gatherings for years to come. Thank you 😊
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Beautiful seaside
Christina_C
, Mar 2020
Our guide Carlota was great - very friendly and helpful. The towns were beautiful and a highlight of our trip. A lot of shops were closed but we excpected that this time of year. Tour was as described and had time for everything even with a small train delay - even time to swim if it had been warmer !
star-5
Smooth trip
Michael_S
, Feb 2020
It was a great day! Our guides Carlotta and Julia were wonderful! Scenery was beautiful and our transfer from train to train went smoothly!
star-5
Pisa wow! Cinque Terre beautiful
Roger_L
, Jan 2020
Emma our guide was wonderful to spend our day with, she took care of all details most important if you're short on time and want to see a lot this is it look no further
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing and affordable
DandG74
, Nov 2019
Couldn't be more pleased with our trip; the perfect mix of assistance and independence! Eduardo handled all the transportation, guided us through the maze of stations and schedules and made sure had time to make all our connections. He was there to offer suggestions at each stop but let us explore on our own. Can't think of a better way to see these destinations in one very full day!
1 traveler found this review helpful

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