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  • Location: Florence, Italy
  • Duration:  12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Join the only tour that takes you to the Cinque Terre on a one-day hiking trip from Florence. Hiking is the only way to truly experience the magic of the Cinque Terre. Take a break from the bustle of the city and hike this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. It's a unique and memorable experience, exploring the only unspoilt survivor of the genuine Italian Riviera.

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

Led by your knowledgeable guide you will trek scenic trails and wander through vineyards and olive groves, over stone walls and along a spectacular coastline. This tour includes coach transportation, rail and boat travel between villages, entry in to Cinque Terre National Park and a delicious lunch.

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.

Itinerary

Florence - Cinque Terre - Florence (L)

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

OMG!!!! Johnny what a fantastic tour guide, fun, caring, passionate about his job and very serious about ensuring ALL his guests are well looked after. The Cinque Terre Hiking day trip was the highlight of our trip, not only did we challenge ourselves by doing the hike but we met such wonderful people along the way. The sights were amazing and the villages beautiful. Every step of the way our tour guide Johnny made sure everyone on the tour was okay and accounted for, escpecially when it was time to get on the busy trains!! Johnny you were amazing and if I ever do this hike again I will definitely be asking to be on your tour and Walkabout what can I say we booked 3 tours through your company during our Europe journey and each and everyone of them were unforgettable experiences with tour guides who really care and really know their stuff. Congratulations on a great company.
Sina, Grace and Shirley Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This day has been a highlight of trip so far! Lavi and Martina were outstanding, enthusiastic, knowledge and helpful. They really made the day what it was. Saw so much all in one day, I couldn't recommend this trip enough! And the food....amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

If you like to hike, you will LOVE this trip. This is probably not for the beginner hiker like me. I made it through. Although I prefer looking at nature through my window at the Ritz Carlton, I have to say it was one of the best organized and scenic activities that I have ever participated in. I can't personally say that I would do it again...but, if you like the outdoors and are somewhat active, YOU will love this!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I had such a wonderful time! Highly recommended you guys. You don't wanna miss this. :

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent guides,great location

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Freddie was one of the greatest tour guides we've ever met: organized, well-informed, engaging, interested, caring and hard-working. It was a 12-plus hour day, but he made it fun and informative. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great taste of spaghetti with pesto sauce, good tour guide, good programme

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

One of the best experiences of my life. The hike alone is a challenge in a great way. Do it when it's not so hot, I did this trek in 38 degree. Included lunch was amazing with fresh fish antipasto. Air conditioned bus ride. Boat ride, weather permitting. Good amount of free time to explore the towns

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fabio was a fabulous guide, trip was fun and informative- WALKABOUT company guides are knowledgeable, professional, and trip is highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Gloria and Lavi were amazing tour guides! So energetic and enthusiastic. Great day!

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