Tour code: 5070CINQUE
Do the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre in one day, and discover the five idyllic fishing villages of old-world Italy on a guided hike. The walking trails of the national park cling to the cliffs, and offer glorious views of this unspoiled stretch of the Italian Riviera. See its highlights with a guide as you complete a 3.4-mile (5.5-km) route and learn about the area as you go. This Florence to Cinque Terre day trip also includes a seafood lunch with views of the Med, ample free time and transport by coach, train and boat.

Highlights

  • Hiking trip to Cinque Terre from Florence
  • Spectacular coastal views along the Cinque Terre
  • Lunch in a local restaurant overlooking the blue sea and hillsides covered with vineyards
  • Soak up the old-world atmosphere as you explore Cinque Terre villages on foot
  • 40-minute boat ride along the Riviera (weather permitting)
  • Take a swim in the clear, blue water at Vernazza or Monterosso
  • Transport from Florence to Cinque Terre by air-conditioned coach

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What You Can Expect

Cinque Terre Hiking Day Trip from Florence

Cinque Terre Hiking Day Trip from Florence

Start your journey from Florence to the Cinque Terre by coach, and listen as guide share stories about the area. Hear tales about the Tuscan city of Lucca, its famous resident Puccini and the nearby marble mountains of Carrara. You’ll also learn about the Cinque Terre, and of its five unspoiled fishing villages — Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Monterosso and Riomaggiore — that form the national park.

Begin your Cinque Terre hike in the hills above Manarola and walk to Corniglia, a gorgeous trail that finishes with a steep climb of some 382 steps. The charm of the region is that it is natural and untouched, so there are no safety rails and paths often cut close to the cliff edge.

In Corniglia, it’s time for food, so stop to enjoy Mediterranean seafood and pasta with pesto. Views from the restaurant match the fine food, and it’s the perfect place to refuel.

Continue hiking the Cinque Terre as you pass terraces of olive groves, which line your route to Vernazza. Perhaps visit one of its colorful bars or cafes, or take a dip in the bay. From Vernazza, take the train to Monterosso, a village known for its beach and artisanal shops. Enjoy free time to sample the local wine or dip your feet in the Med.

Relax with a boat ride (or train ride, if the weather is poor) to Riomaggiore with its candy-colored houses. Then relax before your last portion of the hike to Manarola.

Your day trip from Florence to the Cinque Terre finishes with a coach journey back to the city.

Please note: The walking route covers roughly 3.4 miles (5.5km) and the Cinque Terre trails include rough stone steps, direct tracks and paved sidewalks. The longest portion of the trek lasts 2.5 miles (4km) along a series of steps and takes a person of good fitness around 1.5 hours to complete.

Customer Reviews

laura.xo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Overall I had a really good day at Cinque Terre although it wasn and #39;t as pretty as I was expecting. The guides were brilliant and we had a delicious lunch. It was good that they had a bus/train option for those who were able to or didn and #39;t want to hike.

Sarah M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Johnny made our Cinque Terre hiking trip more than amazing! The hike was great and I would 100 recommend it. However, Johnny is really what made the hike special. He made the atmosphere fun and entertaining, and his restaurant and shop suggestions were AMAZING and he really made us laugh. Thank you Johnny Boy, if ever we're in Florence again we hope to see you!

Lenora K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Well worth the experience.

jurseygurl99

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

By far the best tour we had in all of Europe! Freddy, our tour guide, was the best. He was friendly, informative and knowledgeable. Gave us lots of tips and kept the group together and on schedule. This is a full day tour and there is proper hiking involved so come prepared. The best views ever!

Blanca United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

My boyfriend and I really enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide Freddy was great! He was very knowledgeable and entertaining, and he really made sure we made the most of our time in Cinque Terre. We went to the 5 villages, which were very picturesque. The views walking on the trail were stunning, we took really nice pictures. It was the second time I went to Cinque Terre, and really enjoyed doing the hiking. I would really recommend this tour!

Robert W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was a great trip! Freddy was born in Paris, but grew up in Philly and worked in the US before moving to Italy, so he understands how Americans think and how things actually work in Italy. The trip was extremely well organized so that we all got the most out of our time without feeling stressed. The views along the trail are everything you expect. The biggest surprise for us was the quality of the lunch that was served. We've come to expect something barely edible but this was one of our best meals in Italy. I would recommend this trip without hesitation.

Kathryn T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This day tour was great! Guides Fabian and Matteo were amazing - knowledgeable, organized, and easy to understand! Hike was relatively simple for experienced hikers. Some free time was available in the towns we visited, though not too much time to get lost or have a full meal on our own.

Lorraine P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

My bf and I really liked this tour. The Cinque Terre region is very beautiful the vistas are stunning and unique. What made this tour even better was having Johnny as our tour leader. Aside from being a knowledgeable person Johnny is also very friendly and has a lively way of explaining things about the places we visited.

Carol O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Very well organized. Our guide Johnny was very informative and helpful. It was a nice balance of hiking and taking the train between towns. The lunch was excellent. It is a good idea to wear shoes with a lot of support for the 2 mile hike. The hike would be difficult in inclement weather but there is the option of the train in that case. We had beautiful weather and a memorable experience.

Leyaini C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our guide Francesco was amazing. Very knowledgeable, friendly and approachable. The views are impressive. The hike is long, at least an hour of walking at a moderate pace, most of which includes steps and hills, but very doable. Overall highly recommended!!!!

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