• Location: Florence, Italy
  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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 transportation by coach, train and boat.

Highlights

  • Hiking 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
  • 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

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 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.

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

Mary

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

My daughter and I took a day trip from Florence to Cinque Terre. We opted for the hiking adventure and loved it. We started off on a mini-hike and then enjoyed a great lunch with the group (extra cost) After lunch, the real hike began. It was about 30 minutes uphill and 30 minutes downhill. You can go at your own pace and my daughter was determined to finish quickly so we had more time for swimming. Definitely bring (wear) your swimsuit as the water is very refreshing after the hike. There isn't any changing area, but we managed to change discreetly behind a towel. Our guides, Chris and Margarit, were fantastic. There were many logistics to get everyone on each train to get to the next town and they had it all timed perfectly. I highly recommend this trip. It was one of our favorite days on our European adventure.

HUCK

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Great day. Loved our guides. Fabio and Belen were wonderful. Fabio has a great personality. I wish I had five or six people just like him working for me. We went on a hot day. Up the stairs in the second village, had a great lunch best pesto ever! try the white wine - really good, took a few pictures then set off on the hike. It was a couple of miles with a nice little bar stop in the middle. We took the train to the 4th village, swam and laid on the beach, then had a nice boat ride back to the first village, train ride and bus ride back. It was well worth the money. I would do it all over again! Salute. Grazie!

Donna N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This day trip to Cinque Terre was the highlight of my trip to Italy! It was AMAZING!! Our guides Chris and Belen were personable and shared much about the area. The views are stunning! The hike is for those who have a good fitness base. The paths are uneven and rocky and involve uphill and downhill stepping. Well worth it!

benmramos

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Angel and Martina presented a fantastic tour of Cinque Terre with a true passion for the local area. It was well worth the money to see the beautiful Italian Riviera. The hike was a bit strenuous at times, but never extremely difficult just tiring. Then they provide you with an hour of swim time in Manarola (I think it was Manarola?) which is glorious after sweating for an hour straight.

I would definitely recommend wearing a wicking shirt for this hike, you will feel disgusting and drenched in sweat if you wear a regular t-shirt.

jeff

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Martina was our guide and she was fantastic! She was excellent in giving us information on the sites and towns we visted. She kept us on schedule throughout the day but allowed us the time to do things on our own in each town.

This was a long day but entirely worth spending the time to make it happen. It was simply a perfect and unforgettable day with the family! Thank you Martina!

Tammy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This was the best hike I’ve been on. Our leaders Gloria and Belen were awesome! Explained everything well, very witty as well as knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend!

Eve H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Highly recommend this trip...our guides Olivia and Sarah were incredibly accommodating and continuously made sure everyone was okay. They also shared interesting information and great recommendations all along the way and worked hard to ensure a smooth trip. It was a long day, but well worth it as Cinque Terra is like no other place we’ve ever been.

tridge_70

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Well organized, beautiful views, and a great hike. The tour guides were knowledge and fun. The bus was comfortable. Just know the bus doesn’t have a bathroom.

Greg N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Cinque Terre is a once-in--a-lifetime location and this was an awesome way to experience it! Chris and Martina were our guides and they were very knowledgeable, as well as, relaxed, friendly and eager to make the experience great for us.

If you are looking to relax on a beach this not the best way to experience Cinque Terre. However, the hikes offer incredible views and plenty of stops on the town along the way.

Mark Carol Sato United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Great experience! Olivia and Chris were terrific guides - gave us clear instructions, great history talks and made sure we got terrific photos. The hike is strenuous for those not used to hiking, but doable. There are bus and train transfers throughout the day and the group lunch is well worth it. Although a full day, it goes quickly. Bring water - we visited each of the 5 lands and had some free time on each. Highly recommended. Was the highlight of our whole Italy trip for our teen-aged boys.

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