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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.

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

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

Stéphane C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Easily the best tour I have been on. The hiking between the villages was incredible and the panorama was breathtaking! Tour guides Fabian and Jada were also outstanding and very attentive. Lunch was wonderful and so was the view. Boat ride to finish was also a highlight!! Cinque Terre is beautiful and the only downside to this tour is that you do not want it to end :-

Debashree R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was an awesome tour..the tour was beyond excellent due to our tour guide...i hope I am spelling his name correctly. Martel.He is so passionate about the job...never seen a better guide..

Martin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We were looking forward to this day trip especially based on the reviews and it really did not disappoint. It provided a great overview of all the 5 villages and loved the hike, which was very manageable and enjoyable. Martina, our guide was excellent. Lunch was great too. Highly recommended.

John R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Absolute blast, could not have been better. I was on a 6 weeks euro trip and only had limited time. This was a perfect experience with great guides, Martina and a guy used to study waste water filtration or something of the sort, and was able to help me with my camera stabilizer, but can't remember his name They were both amazing and made the trip very enjoyable. If I could pick one day from my trip all over europe to re-do it would be this day!

Emmanette V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

What a fantastic day 2 great guides Freddy and Matteo a wealth of information and ensured we were all safe. The hike would have been easier if it wasn't so hot, but the fantastic views made up for any discomfort. We were lucky to enjoy the boat ride and we would have had a bit more timew in a couple of the towns if the train had been on time. Definitely recommend this day but you have to be prepared for the hike.

Shauntel F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Stefano and Giada couldn and #39;t have been more amazing!! My sister and I had never taken a guided tour before. We had few expectations, we just wanted to have a nice time. Well, we got that and more. Fun, energetic, and knowledgable! Just plain terrific! I would definitely tour with them again!

Luz L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent trip. Jhony was an perfect guide. We really enjoy this trip.

Julie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our guide was professional, friendly and informative. We participated in all of the portions of the trip...including the National Park hike. The guide fully informed us of what to expect and gave clear directions. The day was filled with Cinque Terre...every minute. It was a wonderful experience and we would do it again.

cindy k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The Cinque Terre Hiking trip was a highlight of our Italian vacation! My 13 year old daughter and I had a wonderful day filled with great pictures and fun memories! Our guide Martina was fantastic!! She was so knowledgeable and made everyone on the trip fell comfortable. She had an infectious personality...which is certainly needed when you're making the hike up the hill! I would highly recommend this tour!

Junfeng C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was great experiance. The tour guide Fabiano did a great job and is one the best I have ever had. He took time to get to know the people on the tour and provided great insight along the way.

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