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

Cinque Terre Hiking Day Trip from Florence

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.


  • 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.


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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 October 2015

We had an amazing experience in Cinque Terre. Freddie and Sandra were amazing tour guides with amazing knowledge, amazing attitude and made everybody feel comfortable in this long trek. The food arranged by Walkabout was splendid and deserves a special mention.

Trek was a bit tiring but the views were totally worth it. The time management was also excellent, with leisure time at places but absolutely no wastage of time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Oh my! What a fantastic experience! It was beautiful and a fun hike along the breathtaking coast. We loved out tour guide Molly she was so much fun and very professional. The little towns were so quaint and we had the best seafood and gelato on our entire holiday. We can't wait to go back and visit these towns again. This is a great way to experience Cinque Terre! My husband and I had so much fun!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Wonderful Lunch with amazing views, tour guides were knowable and happy to share information. The hike was filled with one of a kind views and time to stop and take photos. When I went in July 2015 the temperatures in Italy were 110 degrees F so hiking in the sun was a bit challenging. Bring a hat, and lots of water and enjoy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a highlight of our trip to Italy! Highly recommend!!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Freddy is an amazing tour guide and he took great care of us all. The hike was challenging because of the heat, but we all recovered with some well earned gelato afterwards!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We loved our hiking trip with Fabian! He was an excellent guide and made the trip our favorite day of the whole vacation!. The hike was beautiful and was incredibly well planned.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This is just the most amazing day - don't miss doing it everyone !
It's a tough climb - they DID warn us , but the rewards just so worth it !
Didn't we all have such fun , due to the fantastic guides L.A. Lyn and Oh so Italian Johnny. !
Thanks so much for a superb day.
Cinque Terre Trip is everything and more that you could hope for !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Awesome tour. We were able to visit all 5 villages, had a great lunch, and ended the day with a boat ride. The hiking is not a simple walk in the woods which I figured it wouldn't be and requires some strategic foot placements. The trains can be crowded and cramped. I'm glad we went with a tour and didn't try to do this on our own as a day excursion. You only need a short bit of time in each of the villages too, as some are not large at all. Molly our guide was fantastic.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Julian and Lavinia were great guides. The lunch was amazing--so fresh and delicious. It was a great day!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fabian was an excellent guide. Extremely diligent regarding protecting us from pickpockets even called some out verbally on the train!, informative in terms of providing us with local recommendations in each village, and a well organized tour overall. Ran a little on the late side, we didn't get back to Florence until around 9:15, but there's not much they can do about traffic.

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