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Experience the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre in one day with a guided hike 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. This day trip to Cinque Terre from Florence includes a seafood lunch with views of the Mediterranean and transportation by coach, train and boat.


  • 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

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.

Once in Corniglia, you'll enjoy a delicious seafood and pasta lunch at a restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean. 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.

Please note: The walking route covers roughly 3.4 miles (5.5km) on trails that 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

Hannah M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We did the hike beginning of September, on one of the hottest days mid 30 degrees.
Our tour guide Johnny was the best. As soon as we set off in the coach, he had us in giggles with his charm and laugh. Down to earth Italian guy who made the 2 hour coach journey go by in minutes coming from someone who gets travel sick, I felt fine listening to Johnnys tips for the day ahead
Now for the hard parkthe hike. It is not for the extremely unfit. If you are unfit, you will still manage it as you can go at your own pace. Dont be scared of heights!! It is hard work with a lot of steps, you will sweat and think why have I done this in the heat of summer but your keep going as each town you visit is beautiful, facebook picture worthy views. Well worth all them steps.
As you do have lots of breaks, snacks and food to keep the energy levels up, the day was so much fun. The lunch we had salad, pesto salad was delicious. Just what we needed to refuel before more hiking.
Johnny recommends shops and tasty Italian treats in the towns and where is the best to go for a toilet stop lol. Also told us some Italian words and phrases that we made good use of for the rest of our Italian trip. He also provides maps and recommendations where to eat in Florence and Rome.
The hike was probably one of our best days out of the whole holiday, well worth the money.
If you are Johnnys boss reading this, he deserves a payrise, he really does keep you in giggles, I dont think we would of enjoyed the day as much if we had a different tour guide. 'Johnny boy says YO'

silvia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The one day Cinque Terre hiking trip was just great !!! Jhonny boy says yo and matheo were the best guide ever !!!! Thank you guys for this fantastic day in the flabergasting Cinque Terre...

Martial and Silvia

Philip C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This area of Italy is just incredible. I'm so glad we spent the day on this excursion! The hike was pretty challenging physically for me, anyway...I'm clearly not in shape!, but the views and the experience were well worth it. You don't have much time in each town, but there is no way to change that if you want to see them all. Lunch was fantastic! No issues with pick-pockets, etc. The guides know what they are doing...Jada was so sweet and knew everything about this region. We heard Johnny quite a bit and thought he was a hoot! Would absolutely recommend!!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Sandra and Martina were awesome!! They were knowledgeable and the tour was very well organized. It was refreshing to see tour guides who are genuinely passionate about their jobs and the rich history of the region.

Chukwuma E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Fantastic tour. It was well worth it. The scenery was fantastic, the food was great and the Citywonders guidesFabian and Freddy were magnificent.

Robert L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

An excellent day....lunch was delicious. Freddie was very knowledgeable about the area, and Italy in general, and we learned a great deal from him, The towns were beautiful, if occasionally, overcrowded. The agenda was well paced. The hike may have been a bit more intense than was initially described in the brochure, but our guide was very clear about it, and we enjoyed a sense of accomplishment for doing it.

Douglas B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Be prepared for a busy day, but it is definitely a great way to to see Cinque Terre if you don't have much time in Florence/the area. We loved it all! Wonderful hiking, lunch, and free time to shop and explore some of the villages.

Elie Lebanon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very nice ...Guides wer perfect Jata and Theon

Lyudmil S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We highly recommend this tour. We had once in a lifetime experience. The trip was perfectly organized, we have great time visiting Cinque Terre. Our guide Sandra was fantastic. She was very well familiar with the region, she has told us really interesting facts about the places, and so helpful and friendly with all of us.

Katelyn K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Beautiful views and unique towns. The tour was well planned out and involved a lot to see and do. Be prepared to walk a lot! Tour guides were extremely fun and informative. Best tour guides of our trip.

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