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Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking

Firenze, Italy
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  • 13 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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 Travelers Choose This Tour

Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, this active tour lets you explore unspoiled Italian Riviera landscapes by foot.

What's Included

  • 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

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Piazza della Stazione
      Piazza della Stazione, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

      Check-in: 7.15am - Your guide will be holding a WALKABOUT sign, right by the taxi stand at Santa Maria Novella train station across from the outside McDonald's

    Start time

    07:30 AM

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    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.

    Walkabout Tour Pick Up

    Check-in and departure point

    15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    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.

    1 hour Admission Ticket Free

    Additional Info

    • 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 travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Traveler Tips

    The hiking trail can be a bit challenging, especially in the rain, so be prepared for a significant hike over very rocky terrain.
    Wear good shoes and bring a water bottle as well as a camera.
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    Perfect day trip!
    Adele_P, Jan 2023
    Amazing day trip from Florence! Extremely well organized, perfect itinerary to see Cinque Terre if limited on time. Our guide, Alassandro, was engaging, funny, and knowledgeable, making the tour truly exceptional. We were exhausted by the end of the day but the amazing memories made were worth it!
    Wonderful Tour
    Neil_A, Jan 2023
    Exploring all five villages of Cinque Terre is already a magical experience, but doing so with guides Chris and Fado made this an unforgettable one. They were not only extremely knowledgeable with facts about the surrounding areas of Florence during our drive, but also very diligent in getting us to where we needed to be on time, and providing the group with free time with which to explore these villages. They were super friendly and interesting characters.
    Patrick_G, Jan 2023
    The tour was very well organised. Ado was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and friendly. Really enjoyed the day
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Incredible, must do tour!
    Juan_B, Jan 2023
    Incredible tour! Highly recommended even though we went mid January (cold, off season). Ask to do the tour with Ado. He knows so much and has great energy!
    Fantastic day trip to Cinque Terre
    Sarah_C, Jan 2023
    The day trip to Cinque Terre was fabulous. Doing the trip in winter was brilliant as there were no crowds and the sightseeing and hike was amazing. Our guide Ado is just terrific, so informative and organised, he packed a lot in for us. Highly recommend this visit and the guide.
    Do this! You will thank yourself!
    Ashley_H, Jan 2023
    Unbelievable!! So good!! Please do this tour. You will learn things you never imagined and see things you can hardly believe. For sure get the calamari. For sure be ready to take pictures. Can’t go wrong here. Any guide will be amazing. Chris and Stephano were awesome!!
    Cinque Terre day trip including hike
    Michelle_M, Jan 2023
    Alessandro and Enrique were awesome hosts. Alessandro was highly knowledgeable, very friendly and ultra accomodating. Fantastic day trip, highly recommend!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    A tour you don’t want to miss
    Leanne_M, Jan 2023
    Outstanding tour and would definitely say it’s a much do experience!!! Our tour guide Alejandro was superb!!! He answered every question. This is not for the week of heart. You must be in good shape!!!
    Nicholas_C, Jan 2023
    This was one of my favourite tours all trip. All the meeting points were central and the guides were on time, easy to identify and knowledgeable. We were able to see and learn about all 5 towns of Cinque Terre due to how organised the guides were. Even with the magic that is Cinque Terre by far the best thing about the day was one of the guides - Ado. His English, temperament and knowledge is a cut above every other tour we did on our month long holiday (we did about a dozen). He made sure each and every one of us had a fantastic time and got what we each specifically wanted out of the day. I hope Ado runs private tours as well as group tours because seriously he is a talent. Nic & Taela
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Tour guide was phenomenal!
    Michael_G, Jan 2023
    Tour guide Alejandro was amazing he made the trip so interactive and taught us a lot of history behind the surrounding area and Cinque terre
    Only good things to say!
    Emily_S, Jan 2023
    This was the best tour I've ever taken! Alessandro was a fantastic guide who was fun and engaging while also explaining lots of historical and scientific facts. The tour included breathtaking ocean views and beautiful villages. There was a small hike that was so fun. The bus drive (Enrique was the driver) wasn't too long and the ride was nice in a very conformable bus. I would recommend this tour to anyone!
    Perfect day in Cinque Terre
    Sebastian_K, Jan 2023
    Our guides were Ado and Geneva and what an amazing trip to the Cinque Terre it was. Lots of information provided along the trip, from the stories of each unique place we passed by to the great recommendation on the best gelato and fried calamaris to try in specific villages at Cinque Terre.
    Breathtaking Day!
    Bill_A, Jan 2023
    Everything about this tour is first class. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Alissandro and Otto were amazing
    Sana_K, Jan 2023
    Alissandro and Otto were incredible! Kept us entertained informed and managed the whole trip seamlessly! Not even a single complaint!
    Great tour to Cinque Terre
    Jamie_S, Jan 2023
    This is one of my favorite tour. We had a great time. There are a lot of walking and hiking but you have an option to ride on a bus from place to place that will help with some people who cannot walk a lot. Our tour guide Chris and Stefano are great as well. I would recommend this tour.
    Absolutely recommend
    Penny_G, Jan 2023
    Chris and Stephano were amazing the entire day was so well organized and fun. Best part of our trip so far
    Fun tour!
    Gail_J, Jan 2023
    Great guides, beautiful views and delicious food! I highly recommend spending the day on this trip if your in Florence.
    Beautiful views
    Kelly_B, Jan 2023
    Emma and Gen were great, informative tour guides. It was a very long day but we had lots of adventures and fun. Lots of walking on rough terrain and stairs so we were worn out but the beautiful views were amazing!
    We were debating driving...
    Heather_L, Dec 2022
    We were debating driving and spending a night in Cinque Terre but were so happy we booked this our instead. Not only was our tour guide Ado super knowledgeable, he kept the day in schedule and managed time so efficiently. The lunch option was absolutely delicious and the flavours cannot be matched. If you have any mobility issues - opt for the no stairs and no hike option.
    Loved this trip!!
    felix_i, Dec 2022
    We had 3 fantastic tour guides. Very knowledgeable of the area and super personalities and they always came up when certain situations arose and took care of the issue.


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