If you’re going to Italy chances are there are a lot of cities that you want to visit…but not a lot of time to squeeze them all in. From Florence, when you’re done biking around (read more about that here), you should visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa the gorgeous little towns of Cinque Terre, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Fortunately there is a great tour offered through Viator (a TripAdvisor site) that you can check out and I’ll include the direct link below before that please use our referral link CLICK HERE 🙂 to make your account and get $10 off your next tour!
The action packed day gets started at the main train station in Florence, “Santa Maria Novella”. We came by early checked in with the tour guide, grabbed an espresso from the McDonalds (I KNOW, but it was the closest and fastest, and it wasn’t half bad!), and we got on our way. This tour isn’t a on a coach but through local trains. It made for a fun experience especially in Cinque Terre, jumping between trains but it was all timed out perfectly by our tour guide so we didn’t wait too long for any trains. We LOVED travelling through the countryside and the experience gave us a nice chance to bond with the other people in our small group. Check out the tour by clicking here! Please make sure that you sign up with our link to get $10 off any trips you book 🙂
The tour gave us just enough time to take fun pictures with the Leaning Tower of Pisa, enter it at your own leisure (an extra cost), and take a free tour of the Basilica. Then we headed off to a few towns in the Cinque Terre area. The cobblestone streets are small and windy as you make your way from the station to the seaside. There are lots of local vendors selling clothes, food, and souveniers. If you’re going during the warmer months (we went in May) be sure to bring along a bathing suit as there are some small swimming holes to experience. Men, remember the shorter the better as speedos are the norm in Europe! 🙂
Overall the excursion was fabulous and our tourguide was so great. It was a delightful introduction to this area of Italy and somewhere that is worth a second (and third) visit with a much longer stay!