- 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
Recent Photos of This Tour
- @ Riomaggiore, the last stopPhoto by: Fiona V
- @ ManarolaPhoto by: Fiona V
- Riomaggiore Cinque TerrePhoto by: Lee
- The stick ladiesPhoto by: Linda T
- Having fun at Cinque TerrePhoto by: Keith R
- Our GuidesPhoto by: Kathi M
- Wine tasting in Riomaggiore, ...Photo by: Natalie W
- Cinque Terre Hiking TripPhoto by: Sheila K
- Great Picture - Cinque Terre, ...Photo by: Kerri L
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- Cinque Terre July 2010Photo by: Scott H
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- Cinque TerrePhoto by: Graciella Cremonini
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- Great viewsPhoto by: Olivia A W
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- Hiking in Cinque TerrePhoto by: Frances
United Kingdom, 06 2010
- Hiking from Corniglia to ...Photo by: Jennifer D
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- The third town on our tour.Photo by: Robert H
- Cinque TerrePhoto by: Anna K
- Cinque TerrePhoto by: Anna K
- One of 5 great townsPhoto by: pbpost
- View from the HikePhoto by: Rikki D
- View from the VillagePhoto by: Rikki D
What You Can Expect
The Cinque Terre takes its name from the five picturesque fishing villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. Each town has a distinct character, but all share alleys, arches and steep stone steps, best explored on foot. An idyllic snapshot of old-world Italy, the villages are surrounded by sunny beaches, narrow lanes lined with shops and stalls, brightly colored fishing boats, seaside promenades and sleepy piazzas.
The ancient trails are rough but manageable. Be prepared for the hiking – although the path is open to everyone, remember that the ground can be slippery, uneven, and in places steep and narrow. The charm of the area is that it is natural and unspoilt, so do not expect hand rails or safety rails when steps are steep or when the path is close to the edge.
Relax as you travel towards the Cinque Terre, listen to stories about Lucca and its famous son Giacomo Puccini, and admire Michelangelo's astonishing marble mountains of Carrara.
Passing just above Manarola (the first village of the Cinque Terre), you'll enter the National Park before tightening your boots for the first section of the trail to Corniglia, a beautiful stretch that finishes with a climb of 382 steps. On the cliff top village of Corniglia a delicious lunch made of fresh Mediterranean seafood and the most authentic pesto pasta is served in a local restaurant with a perfect view of the sea and surrounding hillside.
After lunch, your continue along the steep, ancient path, climbing high up through spectacular terraces of olives towards the village of Vernazza, one of the prettiest and most characteristic of the five towns, where you have free time to sit in one of the cheerful bars and cafés, or even have a cooling swim in the bay.
Next you will take a short train ride to Monterosso, this village is renowned for its beautiful beach and artisan shops. Enjoy free time to taste the local wine, explore the shops or dip your toes in the cool Mediterranean sea. Now, its time to sit back and relax as you enjoy a scenic 40-minute boat ride (weather permitting) along the shores of the Cinque Terre, the journey takes you to Riomaggiore.
In Riomaggiore you begin the last part of the trail, called Via dell'Amore, “Lover's Lane” - a walkway hanging above the sea which leads to Manarola, completing your Cinque Terre visit before returning to Florence by coach.
Please note: Due to a landslide which occurred at the end of September 2012, the famous path “Via dell’Amore” has been closed.
Please note: The total walking route on this tour covers a distance of approximately 3.4 miles (5.5km), most of which is along stone steps, trails, dirt tracks and a small amount of paved sidewalks. The longest section of the walk is a 2.5-mile (4-km) stretch along the steps and this usually takes a person of average-level fitness around 1.5 hours. If weather permits, stops are included in each of the five towns as per the itinerary.
The view was impressive, the provided food was pretty good, Gelato I bought was amazing and the tour guide Fabian? was awesome! Thank you for such a great experience!! :
This tour is amazing! Our guide Francesco was knowledgeable and along the hike he would stop at different points and wait for you to catch up. The hike itself isn and #39;t hard if you are used to walking. We took our time so we could take photos and enjoy the view. Best tour I have done. Don and #39;t miss out.
Another wonderful tour! Again, raining and cold but our guide was a wealth of information and very concerned with our needs. He kept us all on schedule with humor and kindness.
Our tour guide Francesco made the experience extremely memorable and we were able to see a beautiful part of the world not many people know even exists.
Cinque Terre is a must visit location. This tour was a great way to see it. Sandra, our guide, was terrific. She was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We experienced four of the five towns and the hike between the second and third towns was arduous but not impossible.
Fantastic day out.
Lovely change from the wonderful sights in the city.
Boat trip was amazing!
Martina would have to be one of the best guides from anywhere in the world.......friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and reliable.
Would very much recommend this excursion!!
Took the 6 Nov tour with Freddy and Fabian as our guide. Our group of 40 pple was spilt up and I was in Freddy group. He is a very informative guide who entertain us a lot with his knowledge and talk. Cinque Terre is definitely worth a day trip to go for if you are in Florence. Beautiful scenery though the hike was challenging. Disappointment though when the trip was delayed due to the train in the second half of the day but not at fault of the tour company. Overall a fun and nice experience!
Great great great!
This was the best tour of our whole trip. Fabian was the BEST tour guide ever! It was quite a workout but well worth every step! And the gelato he recommended was the best reward after a long hike!!! Come back to Texas Fabian!!! Austin misses you!!!
This tour was amazing and one of the BEST parts of our trip to Italy! We wish we could have stayed in these beautiful towns overnight but we enjoyed our trip! What made it better was our tour guide. Very well educated and friendly.