The Cinque Terre from Florence
- 1. How to get
- 2. What to see
- 3. How to get around
- 4. Trekking trails
- 5. Book your trip from Florence
- 6. What to see in Florence in one day
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1. HOW TO GET FROM FLORENCE TO THE CINQUE TERRE
If it is not an organized tour, the best way to get to the Cinque Terre is undoubtedly by train. There is no direct train but one or two changes are required. From Florence Santa Maria Novella it is necessary to arrive at Pisa Centrale or La Spezia Centrale and then take the Cinque Terre Express.
Journey times vary according to the type of train. With fast regional trains and intercity trains it takes between 2 hours and 30 minutes and two hours and 50 minutes. With the regional you arrive at 3 hours and 30 minutes and beyond. Keep in mind that Riomaggiore is the closest stop to Florence, then in order: Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso.
The combinations are numerous and the best way to check timetables is through the Trenitalia website.
Once in La Spezia, it is possible to change the program by taking a boat. It depends on the time available, surely the Cinque Terre from the sea are an unforgettable experience.
For those who want to use their own car or rent one here:
the distances and times are:
- Florence-Riomaggiore: 2 hours, 160 km, toll 13.40 euros, fuel 17 euros.
- Florence-Manarola: 2 hours, 160 km, toll € 14, fuel € 17.
- Florence-Corniglia: 2 hours and 20 minutes, 175 km, toll 13 euros, fuel 18 euros.
- Florence-Vernazza: 2 hours and 20 minutes, 175 km, toll 13 euros, fuel 18 euros.
- Florence-Monterosso: 2 hours and 20 minutes, 185 km, tolls 16 euros, fuel 19 euros.
Up to Riomaggiore and Manarola the road is quite simple. Instead for Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso, it becomes narrow and winding. One possibility is park your car in La Spezia and take the train or the boat as above.
Detailed informations on how to get to each village:
Detailed information on where to park in each village:
2. WHAT TO SEE
We are in the Cinque Terre and now what ??? Villages or paths? A tour of the villages is mandatory, here is an itinerary to see the five villages in about 6 hours, moving by train:
The Cinque Terre in a day by train .
Or if you stay for one night:
The Cinque Terre in two days (one night)
3. HOW TO GET AROUND
Strongly recommended to get around is the purchase of the Cinque Terre Card Train, which allows you a unlimited number of journeys with the Cinque Terre Express, one train every 20 minutes.
Here you will find the Cinque Terre train timetable.
4. TREKKING TRAILS
Perhaps in one day you don't have time, counting with the hours of travel from Florence, to do a bit of trekking. Staying one night, however, yes:
The Cinque Terre in two days on foot
5. BOOK YOUR TRIP FROM FLORENCE
Do you prefer not to think about the organization and sit comfortably on a bus from Florence? Here are some suggestions:
6. WHAT TO SEE IN FLORENCE IN ONE DAY
And instead doing the trip in the other way round? One Here are some suggestions on what to visit in Florence in one day, following a route from the train station:
- Basilica of Santa Maria Novella : 13th century church, with the Trinity by Masaccio, Santa Lucia, the Resurrection and four Saints by Vasari.
Piazza Duomo , where you can find:
- Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore: 13th century, with the splendid dome by Brunelleschi, Giotto's bell tower of the the 14th century, the facade in polychrome marble, the frescoes by Vasari and Zuccari.
- Baptistery of San Giovanni: in white and green mosaic from Prato, with the mosaic of the dome, paintings by Cimabue, the three bronze doors.
Piazza della Signoria, where you can find:
- Palazzo Vecchio: political center of Florence, with the museum, the Arnolfo Tower and the Salone dei Cinquecento.
- Loggia de ’Lanzi: with its statues that make it an open-air art gallery.
- Copy of Michelangelo's David
- Fountain of Neptune
- Uffizi Gallery: museum with some of the most important works in Italy.
- Basilica of Santa Croce: beautiful 14th century Gothic church, burial place of famous people (Foscolo, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo ...).
- Ponte Vecchio and Vasari Corridor: from the 14th century, with shop houses built on the Arno.
- Palazzo Pitti: noble residence of the Grand Dukes, from the 15th century.
- Boboli Gardens: monumental park to discover with the Neptune basin.
- Piazzale Michelangelo: only if there is time to admire Florence from above.