8 days in Cinque Terre, Portofino & Genoa Itinerary

8 days in Cinque Terre, Portofino & Genoa Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cinque Terre
— 4 nights
2
Portofino
— 1 night
3
Genoa
— 2 nights

4
nights
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Explore Cinque Terre's surroundings by going to Monumento ai Caduti (in Viareggio), Lucca (Le mura di Lucca, St Martin Cathedral, &more) and Pisa (Duomo di Pisa, Piazza dei Miracoli, &more). There's much more to do: take a stroll around Vernazza, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, stop by Fabbrica d'Arte Monterosso, and head outdoors with Cinque Terre Trails.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cinque Terre vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

London, UK to Cinque Terre is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in March: highs in Cinque Terre hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Portofino.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites Trails Shopping

Side Trips

Lucca, Pisa, Monumento ai Caduti, Santuario Madonna delle Grazie
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Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Le mura di Lucca ©
Le mura di Lucca
Piazza dei Miracoli ©
Piazza dei Miracoli

1
night
Portofino

Portofino ©
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Abbazia di San Fruttuoso, identify plant and animal life at Area Marina Protetta Portofino, thenvisit a coastal fixture at Faro di Portofino, thenexplore the historical opulence of Castello Brown, and finally make a trip to Piazza Martiri Dell'Olivetta.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Portofino online day trip planner.

You can take a train from Cinque Terre to Portofino in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Cinque Terre in March since evenings lows in Portofino dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Portofino

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Abbazia di San Fruttuoso
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Abbazia di San Fruttuoso ©
Abbazia di San Fruttuoso
Faro di Portofino ©
Faro di Portofino
Castello Brown ©
Castello Brown

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Genoa

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Palazzo Ducale, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, thenadmire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium of Genoa, and finally stop by Boccadasse. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Spianata Castelletto, see the interesting displays at Galata Museo del Mare, thentake in the waterfront at Old Port, thenadmire the striking features of House of Gio Carlo Brignole, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Genoa road trip website.

You can drive from Portofino to Genoa in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Genoa are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Aquarium of Genoa ©
Aquarium of Genoa
Boccadasse ©
Boccadasse
Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi ©
Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi

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