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  • Location:Florence, Italy
  • Duration:12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Cinque Terre Hiking Day Trip from Florence

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

FLORIN O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Excellent day trip and we had the best guide

The Ashley B United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Doing this with my 4 best friends of 20 years was by far one of the top experiences of my life. The views are unmatched. The hike up the mountain was the best/most beautiful nature oriented workout I've ever done. Every village has its own unique vibe. The food at the Mediterranean Sea-side restaurant is some of the freshest you will ever taste. And our tour guide looked like Ryan Gosseling and was very friendly/informative.I would/will literally do this tour every time I am near Florence. Thank you viator

bethallison80

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This tour was amazing!

Hon L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

A wonderful experience. Make sure you wear running shoes!

Monica W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

A wonderful experience!! Fabio was so much fun and anything you do with the Walkabout tours you will not be disappointed. We signed up for more tours with Walkabout once we did this first one!! You will not be disappointed!! Loved, loved, loved the Florence area and the local tour operator helped so much with our amazing experience.

Bryan I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Incredible Tour!!!!!! Everyone should do this tour! Lots of hiking and walking, for sure. The scenery ,
Beautiful!!!!!!! Breathtaking! Our guide was great too!

Tracy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

I loved this tour. It was a great way to see the Cinque Terre in one day. It won't suit you if you are wanting to fully hike between each town because you only hike between two towns if you want to. The tour started in the second town, Manarola. From there we caught a train and walked up 385 steps to Cornilglia and had a nice two course lunch. From there you could hike 4km to the 4th village, Monterroso or to take a train. Because it had been raining and the steps were wet I took the train but I was told it was spectacular and scary. The town itself was beautiful.
We took the teain to Vernazza and had 45 minutes to explore it, drink some wine or take a dip in the ocean. From there we took a boat to the 1st town, Riomaggiore where we were given an hour to explore and grab a bite to eat. The town was charming and approaching by boat gave you a chance to view all of the towns by water.
it was a long day from 8am to 5pm with 5 hours in the bus. But the tour guide Johnny was great. He gave us lots of information about places we passed.

Ann W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Altho we would have loved to have spent a couple days in this beautiful area time did now allow it. This is definately a great way to see these towns - and get some exercise at the same time! It was a comfortable bus ride from Florence, and our 2 tour guides were super - fun, personable and very knowledgeable and informative. We had a delicious lunch overlooking the sea and plenty of time to explore the little towns on our own. We lucked out with a beautiful day and were able to take the boat ride at the end to see the towns from the water. Overall this was a highlight of our Italian trip and we would definately recommend it!!

Kuna-Pitsch ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Wonderful tour of seaside villages with spectacular views and quaint fishing villages. Not for everyone as it requires climbing lots of stairs and moderate hiking. The tour guide, Martina, was wonderful and attentive to all throughout a long day.

Thomas B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Even though weather was not great the tour guides were fantastic and made our day exceptional. No question I would recommend this trip to anyone interested in a substantial and very unique walk from town to town. Food was great at both the restaurant early on and the multiple shops toward the end of the trip.

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