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Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking

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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Experience the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre in one day with a guided tour through the five idyllic fishing villages of old-world Italy. Following the walking trails along the cliffs of the national park, you will see glorious views of this unspoiled stretch of the Italian Riviera. Check out the highlights and learn about the area as you complete a 3.4-mile (5.5-km) route with your guide. If you choose the tour option without hiking, the train will be used instead to move between villages.
  • Guided trip to Cinque Terre from Florence
  • Spectacular coastal views along the Cinque Terre
  • Soak up the old-world atmosphere as you explore Cinque Terre villages on foot
  • Visit areas inaccessible by car with a guide

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, this active tour lets you explore unspoiled Italian Riviera landscapes by foot.
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A fun and professional guide who is there to lead you through the day
Transport between Florence and Cinque Terre by coach plus all other transport for the day
Entry tickets to the Cinque Terre National Park
Boat ride along the Riviera (weather permitting)
Time to explore the Cinque Terre villages on foot

Departure Point

Piazza della Stazione, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Your guide will be holding a WALKABOUT sign, right by the taxi stand, just outside Santa Maria Novella train station

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your journey from Florence to the Cinque Terre starts by coach, where you can relax as your guide shares stories about the area. You'll hear tales about the Tuscan city of Lucca and its famous resident Puccini, before learning about the Cinque Terre and its five fishing villages—Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Monterosso and Riomaggiore—that form the national park.

After a short, two-hour drive, you'll begin your hike through the Cinque Terre on the hills above Manarola. With your guide to help lead you, you'll follow a scenic trail to Corniglia, which culminates in a steep climb of some 382 steps. Note: This charming region is natural and untouched, so there are no hand rails or safety rails, and paths often cut close to the cliff's edge. (if you choose the tour option without hiking, the train will be used instead to move between villages).

Once in Corniglia, you'll enjoy some free time where you can relax and refuel with these spectacular views, before continuing your journey with a hike to Vernazza, where you'll pass terraces of olive groves and colorful bars and cafes. Take a dip in the bay before heading to Monterosso by train, where you'll have free time to explore the beaches, wine shops and artisan goods famous to the village.

The final portion of your journey will include a boat ride (or train ride, depending on weather) to Riomaggiore, a village known for its candy-colored houses, as well as a final hike back to Manarola. Your day trip from Florence to the Cinque Terre ends with a coach ride back to the city.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Walkabout Tour Pick Up
Check-in and departure point
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Borgo Storico di Manarola
Built in the valley of the torrente Groppo, until 1950 the stream which runs through the town was completely uncovered and 11 stone bridges allowed the people to cross from one side to the other. Over the next thirty years the stream was gradually covered over. The ancient village was destroyed by Saracen pirates (in 849) and the surviving people fled in land to live. When the seas were made safe again in the 11th century, people came back to settle here under the protection of the Republic of Genova. By the 1200's cultivation of vines was not only established but the wine they produced was sought after. The church of San Lorenzo was begun in 1338. The patron saint is celebrated on the 10th of August with a procession through the streets carrying a statue of him. The castle which protected the town from pirates is now a private home, you can see the garden from the panoramic walk, it is on the rock immediately above the port. Manarola is now famous for its Christmas nativity scene which is the biggest in the world. Figures outlined in thousands of lights cover the hillside. Also an Easter scene is made.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Borgo Storico di Corniglia
The middle town of the five, Corniglia is the smallest town and sits at 90 metres above sea level. The name derives from the huge spur of rock on which the village sits. Population of about only 200. San Pietro church from the fourteenth century on the site of an eleventh century chapel. San Pietro's day is 29th June and as part of the celebrations, there is a procession through the streets. A special savoury tart is prepared with rice, eggs and cheese and is shared among the people who take part in the procession.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cinque Terre Trails
These 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 unspoiled, do not expect hand rails or safety rails when steps are steep or when the path is close to the cliff edge. Because of the nature of the hike, we are unable to accept small children or anyone with walking difficulties.
Duration: 8 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vernazza
Vernazza is unique in the Cinque Terre because of the small port that was built allowing ships to land in the protected bay. It was already a fortified village and efficient maritime base in the earliest records available from the eleventh century. Today there are traces of the military defences built by the Genovese in the thirteenth century such as traces of the old walls, ramparts and the look out tower.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Borgo Antico
There was a castle here before 1200 and some ruins of it can still be seen. The community of Monterosso was founded in 1214. The church of San Giovanni Battista, built-in 1220 has a bell tower built in 1400 as a lookout tower. The church of San Antonio di Mesco was built in 1335.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Spiaggia di Fegina
The new town is called Fegina and is linked to the old part of Monterosso by a pedestrian tunnel. Statue of Neptune built into the rock, but made of concrete so badly deteriorated, was built by an architect in the 1920's. The sandy shelf provides the ideal habitat for seagrass which acts as a lung for the waters of the Cinque Terre and provides a beautiful beach for us. The whole area is a marine protected area, like the sea version of a national park. 2007 Forbes magazine called Monterosso the sexiest beach in the world....whatever that may mean.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
monterosso railway station
Boat Ride (weather permitting)
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Borgo Storico di Riomaggiore
At Riomaggiore, centuries ago, the distinctive tall, colourful houses known as Genovese tower houses arranged in rows connected by alleys, arches and steps provided a defense against pirates. House colours are regulated by the comune. You can't just paint them any colour you like! Houses have two entrances, one at the front and one at the rear on the higher road, so that when they were attacked by pirates, the people could escape. At the end of the eighteen hundreds the railway came along the coast and Riomaggiore, along with the other towns of the cinque terrre came out of their historic isolation, even though a road wouldn't reach them until the 1970's. Language, lingua ligure, the villages were so cut off even from each other that they spoke different dialects of the same language.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Stazione La Spezia Centrale
Coach transfer back to Florence
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • Suitable walking shoes are mandatory for those doing the hiking – no flip-flops. Suggestions: walking boots or sneakers, closed toe shoes with non-slip soles.
  • If you want to swim during free time, please remember to bring your own towel and swimwear.
  • On rare occasions the boat ride will stop operating due to bad weather or strong winds. It is beyond our control so no refunds or discounts will be issued.
  • In case of unexpected closure of the paths for unforeseen events, alternative routes will be taken instead for those doing the hiking
  • A large amount of walking is involved for those doing the hiking. You must be of average fitness and be able to keep up with the rest of the group.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking difficulties, below average fitness, or young children.
  • Minimum age is 8 years.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Walkabout
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travellers
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking.

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Traveller Tips


  • "The hiking trail can be a bit challenging, especially in the rain, so be prepared for a significant hike over very rocky terrain." See review
  • "Wear good shoes and bring a water bottle as well as a camera." See review

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Cheers Gabrielle ! Had a...
Jeffrey_W
, Nov. 2021
Cheers Gabrielle ! Had a great time, great people and overall very good vibe ! Loved it with all! Very good
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Great Experience
Alex_B
, Nov. 2021
This is a great day trip to see the beautiful villages. Very organized. The hike is not worth the views. If you enjoy hiking, I would do it. However there is a lot of walking embedded throughout the day trip and the views at each destination village are beautiful. The hike does not give you any additional, breathtaking views. The guides are great!!
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Great Cinque Terre tour
Juan_H
, Nov. 2021
Chris the tour guide was excellent. He is funny and with great knowledge of the history and places to take good photos. Antonio, the driver was good. Cinque Terre trip was amazing.
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Beautiful sights and well organized trip
Kateryna_K
, Nov. 2021
We enjoyed the trip to the villages and the hiking part in particular. Although the whole day walking might be a bit challenging at times, the views and overall trip experience is absolutely worth it. The guides were very helpful and planned the trip well. Definitely recommend this experience!
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Worth all the walking!
Joyce_A
, Nov. 2021
We did this day trip with Mano & Gabriel and they were entertaining, with stories about Cinque Terre that brought the towns to life! It was a long day and we were on our feet the entire day. It is very fast paced with lots of stairs, so caution to those who don’t regularly walk 10,000 steps daily. The five towns just have a charm about them, surrounded by vibrant colours, breathtaking coastlines, olive trees & crystal clear beaches! My only comment would be that we wished we spent 2 days, otherwise totally worth the money!
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Beautiful day trip !
Karen_M
, Nov. 2021
Gabriel was amazing !! Full of energy, great information and so helpful. Part of our group hiked and part skipped the hike - both enjoyed throughly ! Only wish was that time would slow down so we could enjoy the villages more.
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awesome tour!
Maribeth_S
, Nov. 2021
the whole CT is amazing! our guide chris is the best, made the trip extra special! will def recomend to friends, thank you.
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star-5
Great Cinque Terre trip
Kelly_O
, Nov. 2021
This was a long and full day, but so worth it. Cinque Terre is not to be missed and these guides were so fun. I was on the fence about seeing Cinque Terre in only one day but with this tour it is totally possible and the hike was stunning. I had a really great time.
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Wonderful way to explore Cinque Terre in a day...
Sara_M
, Nov. 2021
What a day! Cris was an incredible guide... knew a lot about the area - not only about Cinque Terre but gave us overviews of the cities we passed on the way, answered all our questions - gave us all kinds of tips on places to visit in Florence for the best pizza / gelato that were a bit more "off the beaten path." Even gave one guest his gelato recipe :) Made sure we never got lost and herded us like cats between all 5 villages during that day. Highly recommend this tour as a way to catch all 5 villages in one day - and if you're able, the hike is SOOO worth it! Thank you Cris for a great experience and a day full of memories!!!
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Must do tour with hike for best views.
maribel_g
, Nov. 2021
Great experience, professional and well organized. The guides were exceptional. The hike was safe and trails were easy to walk on. Views are amazing. Restaurant for lunch was great. Alessandro and Chris were very informative and friendly, showed concern for all the travelers safety at all times.
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