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Cinque Terre Trip

Key Details

  • City: Rome
  • Duration: 14hrs
  • Start Time: 5.50AM

Tour Highlights

  • Our Cinque Terre tours from Rome explore three of the five coastal towns – plus a fourth from the water.

  • With a pesto tasting, wine tasting, and restaurant recommendations from your guide, you'll taste the best that the area has to offer.

  • Traveling from Rome to Cinque Terre by high speed train, you’ll have a full 6 hours on the ground.



This exclusive day trip is the first of its type, offering visitors to Rome a chance to explore Cinque Terre without planning a separate trip.

Travelling by high-speed train, you'll start at the town of Manarola for an introductory walk, then head to Vernazza for some free time, or an optional guided walk to a spectacular photo point. Finally, explore the beautiful streets of Monterosso, where you can, souvenir shop, enjoy a leisurely lunch, or take a dip in the sea.


Our Cinque Terre tours from Rome meet at Termini train station where our local guide will meet your small group of 15 people or fewer. Traveling together for the day, you’ll have loads of time to interact with your guide, ask questions and learn about Cinque Terre; from its long seafaring history to the tragic floods that recently wreaked havoc on these seaside towns.

Relax and enjoy your train ride, with a light breakfast onboard. In under 3.5 hours you'll be in La Spezia where you'll hop in a car for a quick, but very scenic ride to Manarola. Along the way you'll enjoy stunning views of the Cinque Terre from above, including vineyards and jaw-dropping sea views.

Manarola is the town you always see on Cinque Terre postcards. When you arrive we'll treat you to a welcome drink and a pesto tasting. Then, with your friendly guide leading the way, you’ll see exactly the spot where that famous photo is taken; from Via dell'Amore (‘The Road of Love’).


After an introductory stroll in Manarola, you’ll board a ferry for the short ride to Vernazza (sea-conditions permitting). Along the way, you’ll catch a glimpse of Corniglia, a stunning town perched precariously on the edge of a cliff. To visit this tiny town you would have to climb 365 stairs, but from the water, you’ll get the best views without breaking a sweat.


Vernazza is the most fun of all the Cinque Terre’s towns to wander. As the most authentic fishing town of the five, Vernazza has a wonderful, relaxed vibe. You can choose to either explore the town on your own for an hour or walk with your guide to a jaw-dropping viewpoint which is perfect for those vacation photos. Either way, you can't go wrong here.


A short train ride away is the final stop of the day; Monterosso. You’ll stop here for almost three hours, where you will be free to enjoy a leisurely lunch, shop, and wander the streets of the historic center. You can also go for a swim. Monterosso is the most developed of the towns we visit, making it the perfect spot for souvenir shopping.

Regroup afterwards to catch the high-speed train back to Rome. Arriving in the city at 8PM, you'll have plenty of time for dinner, so don’t forget to ask your guide for recommendations!

And there you have it, Rome to the Cinque Terre and back again in just one day.

Sites visited

  • Manarola
  • Strada del Amore
  • Vernazza
  • Corniglia (from the water)
  • Monterosso


  • Round-trip transport by high-speed train from Rome to the Cinque Terre
  • Transfers between towns
  • Welcome drink and pesto tasting
  • Fluent English-speaking guide throughout (from Rome)
  • Small groups of 15 people or fewer


5-stars from over 75 Customer Reviews

Marta as usual did a great job despite the harsh weather conditions.
Loved our guide! Beautiful and well executed!!!
I have nothing but high praise for your tours and the people that work for you. My trip was amazing and it was made by your staff.

Important information

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements

The seas around the Cinque Terre are prone adverse boating conditions. Even if the weather is good, small amounts of swell can make the port at Vernazza unaccessible to ferries. If sea conditions are unfavorable day of your trip, the ferry will not run and we will travel by private car instead.

In good weather, it is possible (and enjoyable) to swim on Monterosso beach. We recommend bringing a bathing suit and towel if this interests you.

Infants (over 36 months) need to book the child ticket price.

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Marta as usual did a great job despite the harsh weather conditions.
Loved our guide! Beautiful and well executed!!!
I have nothing but high praise for your tours and the people that work for you. My trip was amazing and it was made by your staff.
Giorgia is the most amazing guide ever! Made you feel at ease all the time. It was amazing that a trip like these can be done from Rome. Though meet up was early, it was all worth it!
Enjoyed this trip with Joseph immensely! Joseph's pleasant personality, insider knowledge of getting around most successfully, and helpfulness made the trip interesting and enjoyable. We would use Walks of Italy again for sure!
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Fantastic. Our guide went above and beyond to make our day enjoyable
Joseph did an excellent job leading the group during our adventure to Cinque Terre. You can tell he loves what he does.
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Valerio was fantastic! Loved the tour! It was a gorgeous place to visit!
Amazing trip and Georgia was an amazing guide! The whole day was perfect!
One of the trains broke down in one of the cities of Cinque Terre, so we had to skip the last city on the tour which was a bummer. Not our guide’s fault, Adrienne was excellent and did what she could do to accommodate our group! Still had a great time.
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This was the most perfect our and well worth getting up early. Francesca was out guide and was the best tour guide!! She was informative and made sure that we on track and on time for trains. Can not recommend this tour enough. It should be noted that people who have a hard to running or exercise should avoid this tour
You are contemplating adding a cooking class to the itinery, I think that might be too much given the time needed to make this day trip from Rome possible..... sounds nice but we barely had time for lunch, making the pasta or pizza takes longer.... there was no time to enjoy the pedestrian allies (therefore shopping wasn't possible, only a magnet to take home)... sounds nice but if you take what is an enjoyable day "over the top" it will be toooo much. If you want to do a cooking class please consider it by limiting the class to 1 or 2 days per week only and eliminate one village stop on those days that you offer it.... just a suggestion 😊
Roberta was amazing and so friendly. She was so professional and a wealth of knowledge. Thank you Roberta for making our day so enjoyable.
Valerio was a fantastic guide, the tour was superb, a stress free day without us having to navigate the local trains. We did the tour from Rome as we hadn't managed to do it from Florence and didn't know when we might have another chance to do it. The train trip didn't feel so long, just take a good book or have a snooze! We felt so great to have been there, so worthwhile. Highly recommend!! Thanks Valerio! Deb and Taylah
Great guide and location - train ride sooooo long - I'd choose a different tour next time just based on this.
There is no tour better than Walks of Italy. This was my second time using the tour group. Valerio is excellent, very conscientious of taking care of each guest making sure everyone is enjoying the day and seeing/hearing about the interests they have in each activity. He even included a gluten free/dairy free snack safe for my allergies. We appreciate the tour guides are highly educated and experienced individuals, it allows perspective and interaction about the tours, on an exceptional level. I recommend this tour highly.
Roberta was absolutely fantastic!! We couldn't have asked for a better tour guide. She was so welcoming and friendly, provided us with all the best Infornation on Cinque Terre and was there to answer any questions we had. She's the best!!!!
Very good tour. Rafaellia was very good with the group. A few members were upset with her because we could not take the boat to the towns. This wasn't her fault and I thought she handled it well. Two members of our group left for La Spezia an hour before we were supposed to meet without telling anyone. Rafaellia got the rest of the group home on time and went back to look for them. I only regret not being able to leave her a tip for being the guide and managing the problems efficiently and professionally.
Bad weather and long train ride did not spoil the day. Cinque Terre is a beautiful hidden gem of Italy. Well, not hidden to the cruise ships travelers that invade the area and turn it into a human traffic jam. Walks and our guide did a very good job, we would definitely book with you again.
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Hugo was fantastic. He was knowledgeable , funny, and a pleasure to be around. The people that book the transfers were completely incompetent . How hard is it to book a taxi from a apartment to Termini ? I had to email a few times. Finally someone did return my email but had confirmed the transfer on the wrong day. After dealing with 3 people they still got it wrong.
Great day, great guide, but very long day.
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Roberta was the best tour guide we have EVER had the experience of being guided by! So pleasant! So very competent and knowledgable about Cinque Terre (and SO much more)! We were celebrating my husband's birthday and she made the day incredibly special for us! She represented Walks of Italy in the best way--and we would certainly be inclined to choose another tour with your company! THANK YOU!
Cinque Terra is definitely worth the trip. If I am ever back in Italy I will have to stay in that area for several days. Bring your bathing suite if you would like to go for a swim (there are changing areas or better yet wear it under your clothes). The water is a little cool but great on a really hot summer day and definitely worth at least sticking your feet in like I did). We had lunch in Monterossa and loved it. We had about half hour to 45 minutes in the smaller towns and about two hours in Monterossa. Yes, it would have been nice to have longer but that isn't possible because of how the trains operate. The water was really rough that day so the boat was unable to operate for that portion. It is a very long train ride back in the return trip but that is not Walks of Italy's fault its how the trains operate. This tour will last in my memory forever as all the towns we visited were postcard worthy and very unique. Our guide was really great, friendly, and very informative.
Hugo was a great guide for this tour. He was very accommodating and took us to great places for scenery and photo opportunities. When it was time for lunch, he also gave us several suggestions from the local area. I would highly recommend this tour with Hugo.
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At first sight, the price of this tour might scare some people (179,00€). However, my experience says that it was money well spent and that it provided me with one of the most beautiful tours I ever had in Italy. Starting at 6 in the morning, we find ourselves facing an exceptionally nice and well-humored guide named Pavel, who offered us a bag with our breakfast, water and coffee. Between 3-hour rides by train and a boat trip, Pavel showed us the most beautiful sights of Manarola, Vernazza and Monterosso, all the while providing between 1h30 and 2h30 to see each place after designating the meeting point. Pavel also made himself available to accompany any member of the group who wished to see the Blue Trail or one of the churches in Monterosso, a company that is always appreciated. Even though lunch isn't included on the tour, the guide's suggestion (the restaurant "Il Piccolo Diavolo") left us with a full and satisfied stomach, and friendly prices for the wallet. On the trip back to Rome, Pav surprised the group on the train with a small snack: Coca-Cola, sparkling wine, Buffalo mozzarella cheese and fennel biscuits. This was his personal touch as a sign of appreciation to the whole
Robbie was absolutely fantastic; she was thoughtful and totally lovely. The only issue I had was actually with the email for this event. No one in the confirmation email (including the info on the tour itself) did it say that we should bring our swim suits, which was a MASSIVE DISAPPOINTMENT to all of us ladies because we all wanted to go in the water, but weren't prepared because no one informed us to bring them. Please make sure to add that in the information email for future groups.
Trip was amazing and She was wonderful . We really injoyed. Wish one more town was included
Fabulous tour, thank you!
The Cinque Terre One-Day Tour was an amazing experience. Very dynamic and well organized. Hugo; our guide, did a fantastic job, he was very knowledgeable and friendly. I feel like it was a little bit overpriced but I am happy overall with the experience. I am glad this tour exists allowing people to visit the region without hassle.
Pavel made the trip to Cinque Terre more pleasant. He was great.
Valerio was amazing and our family love his personal touch to makes this tour more enjoyable!
Hugo was a wonderful guide...knowledgeable, enthusiastic, just made me feel he was glad to be showing us around. His local treats along the way were a nice touch too!
This was an excellent tour. One possible change would be to have an express train back to Rome. Our train made many stops and after a long day this was quite tiresome. However, the tour itself was excellent and Hugo our guide was extremely knowledgeable and took great care of us including buying us water and other tasty treats.
We had a wonderful time. Antonella was so nice, always there to answer our questions or give us useful information! I highly recommand this tour!
Giorgia was an excellent guide - well-organized, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and fun! She communicated clearly and had us interacting easily with one another and her as the day progressed. I appreciated that she went out of her way to find me more legroom on the train as well as recommend some places to explore post-tour and off-the-beaten path. It's a long time to be on a day tour, but the experience was so worthwhile. Go for it!
Giorgia was amazing. She took her time to answer any and all questions we had. It was a long day but it was not tiring at all thanks to Giorgia. If you take this tour you should hope you get Giorgia. Thank You Giorgia.
me and my friend were really satisfied with the tour together with your amazing tour guide Pavel. we are well taken cared of. i do not worry about the little changes because Pavel handled it so well. im still looking for some tours while i am still here in Rome. i can highly recommend your tours to my friends in California.
Great trip! Couldn't have been better!
Hugo was amazing!! He even shared cheese and olives from Cinque Terre! The tour was absolutely incredible. The place was spectacular and Hugo made the day go by so smoothly and he was just great. We were able to explore in the town and he kept us together to make sure we made the train and boat ride. We forgot at times we were on a tour. It was like just visiting the towns with friends. He was awesome!