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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

David F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Walkabout tours is awesome! Our guides Giada and Francesco were friendly, engaging, and helpful throughout. We saw all 5 towns in the Cinque Terre, completed a breathtaking hike, and lounged at the beach in Vernazza. It's an action-packed day so you will likely sleep for most of the bus rides. Thanks for a great experience!

mcooze

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

An excellent day for those that would enjoy an active tour. The day is very busy with lots of beautiful vistas and fabulous food. Freddy and Francesco, our tour leaders were extremely informative and helpful throughout the tour. They also took the time to provide suggestions for our time in Florence. I would definitely recommend this tour.

Jessica S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

First let me say that Francesco was great. He is an experienced tour guide and hiker. We felt safe in his capable hands. It was great not having to worry about how we would get somewhere or finding our way. The Cinque Terre was a highlight of our trip. We loved it so much, and we loved this tour! I will enourage everyone to use Walk About Florence in the future. So awesome.

Michelle I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was the best tour that we took on our trip to Italy. Martina was an exceptional tour guide - informative, organized, warm and just good energy. The hike was a great way to make it to some of the villages with mixing in different forms of transportation, such as the train and the boat ride at the end to see the rest of the villages. When we arrived at the restaurant - they were ready for us. We had a great time.

Tara N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

what you need to know about this tour is, it's a legit hike. It is not for the unfit. pack plenty of water if you're doing this in the summer months, and wear sneakers or hiking shoes. The path is raw and can be difficult at times, uneven stepping is constant. I'm very glad I did it once, the views were absolutely amazing the tour guides were amazing, but I doubt I would do this again, from a physical standpoint.

Sanjutha B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fabian and Freddy were fun, informative, and full of local stories and great tips! Thanks so much for the wonderful day!

William B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

had the time of my life.
would've liked to have had a little more time at each destination.
my guide Johnny was a blast! he was funny and knew the history of the places.
he made the trip

Katie A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This trip was really great. I don't like hiking, but this trip was amazing. Our guide Johnny was very knowledgeable and funny which made the aching legs and continuous steps bearable. Loved this trip so much.

Katie A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This trip was really great. I don't like hiking, but this trip was amazing. Our guide Johnny was very knowledgeable and funny which made the aching legs and continuous steps bearable. Loved this trip so much.

Lorraine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was a great combination of beautiful scenery, hiking, and tasting local foods. The sea was calm, so we were able to take the boat ride. Enjoy this trip!

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