best of 5 terre walking tour
By: Umberto On: 5 March 2019 In: Tourist Guide Cinque Terre Comments: 0

Private tour guide for the visit of Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola.

Discover with your private local guide the beauties of the 5 Terre villages (UNESCO site).

Tour details

Available: all year round and fully customizable.

Type of tour: walk inside the villages with a personal local licensed tour guide and move between the villages by train and by ferry (sea permitting). This tour does not include hiking along the footpaths.

Suitable for: individuals and small/large groups.

Transportation: arrive at the meeting point with your own car/coach and move between the villages by train and ferry (sea permitting). On request pick up/drop off with private English driver can be arranged.

Duration: 7 hrs approx.

Activity Level: active (Walk up/downhill, go up and down stairs, get on/off trains and ferries). Please contact us for a lower activity version of the itinerary.

Advised clothing: comfortable shoes and clothes, sunglasses, hat/cap, sunscreen.

Meeting place: La Spezia train station by the tobacconist. If you stay in the Cinque Terre or in the Riviera another meeting place will be planned.


In one day explore 4/5 villages and have a good taste of this unique region: a touch of local culture, admire amazing views (from the seaside), experience local specialties, everything at your own pace.

This is a sample itinerary, feel free to require a further customization that better fits to your wishes and needs.

Take the train from La Spezia to Riomaggiore, walk along the panoramic footpath (paved) that leads from the new to the old part of the village and from where have a view of the “Via dell’Amore”, the rest of Cinque Terre coast, the harbor, the old Riomaggiore. Walk by the ancient church of St. John the Baptist and approach the main street. After some free time, meet your tour guide and take the ferry to Monterosso.

A pleasant ferry ride will take you to Monterosso, the largest village of the Cinque Terre and the only one with the beach. Your personal tour guide will make you explore the old town, walk its shady alleys and visit a tiny “Oratorio” with some mysterious sculptures.

Free time for lunch and eventual shopping.

In the early afternoon take the train to Vernazza, the pearl of Cinque Terre. Explore with your local guide the maze of its alleys and enjoy the stunning view of the village from the hiking path leading to Monterosso. After some free time and maybe a gelato, take the train to Manarola.

Manarola is one of the smallest villages, it develops uphill as far as the church and from there you may choose to walk through the vineyards or through the upper side of the village. If you feel too tired for that, just stroll down the main street as far as the marina.

Return to La Spezia by train.