For many people a trip to Florence is a long held dream and the chance to visit this wonderful city, known as the Cradle of the Renaissance, really is as magical and fulfilling as you’ve always imagined.
There’s so much to see and do in the city itself, whether you’re interested in art, history, culture, food or all of the above. But with its magnificent location in Tuscany, a place famous all over the world, you really shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a day trip from Florence to explore the surrounding area.
While you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to getting out and about on a day trip from Florence, one experience that should be high on the list is a visit to the magnificent Cinque Terre. Even though it’s actually in Liguria rather than Tuscany, it’s close enough to get there and back (and enjoy a wonderful time in between!) on the same day.
How Far is it?
The distance from the city is around 180kms, which equates to a journey of about two hours. So, if you decide to visit the Cinque Terre on a day trip from Florence, it will be an early start and a long few hours ahead of you – but it’s definitely worth it.
Why is it So Famous?
The Cinque Terre has a truly timeless appeal and is renowned as one of the most beautiful locations in Italy – and arguably the world. This string of five villages that cling to the rugged cliffs looks for all the world like a painting and it’s almost hard to believe they’re real, working towns and people actually get to live there. Each of the villages has its own personality and they each retain their sense of authenticity and romance.
The five villages (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Monterosso, Vernazza and Corniglia) are linked by the famous coastal footpath, and there’s also a train and boat connection. Many visitors come specifically to walk the path between the five villages, but for those without the energy to do that, it’s perfectly acceptable and just as enjoyable to take the easier way!
While most people come for the views, which are absolutely staggering from every aspect, they fall in love with the history, ambience, people and, of course, the food. Everyone has their own secret favourite of the villages, but the good news is there’s something for everyone.
Is One Day Really Enough?
We’re not going to lie: you’re not ever going to want to leave this breathtaking part of the world. But, while you will always wish for more time, you can, in fact, discover the essence of the Cinque Terre on a day trip from Florence. Whether you want to hike along the coastal path or spend the majority of your time exploring the nooks and crannies of the five villages, if you book a tour with a local company that knows how to help you make the most of your time you definitely can experience magic in that relatively short time.
Of course, we all know you’ll be back though; because once this place gets into your heart you will never forget it.
Source: Laura Jeeves