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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

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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 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

Lori H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

LOVED this trip, definitely one of the highlights of my vacation. Our tour guide, Sandra, was fantastic - very knowledgeable, organized, punctual and clear in her instruction. This hike is a must!! And if you get Sandra as your guide, even better!!

Allen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

My wife said this was one of the best activities of our whole trip - Rome, Florence and Switzerland

tspence2012

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour was truly AMAZING! This was one of my favorite days that my husband and I spent in Italy. It was such an adventure and the towns are so beautiful. The tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. She even made the drive to Cinque Terre fun and a learning experience. The only thing about the tour is that I wish we could have spent more time in each town. However, there is just simply no way to do that on a day trip. We would have needed to consider just spending 2 days at least in the region.

The hike is not too bad. My husband and I are in moderate shape I would say, and the hike was fine. You can go at your own pace, so you can take breaks when you need them especially to stop and soak in the beautiful scenery. Heights wise, I am terrified of heights, but I didn't find myself fearful at all on this tour. Just breathtaking. A must see location of Italy.

Louis B USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Loved it. 2nd time and it gets better

Stephanie T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour was a definite highlight of my European trip. Our tour guide Matteo was so much fun and very energetic!! Just an absolutely wonderful day all around. The hike was beautiful with breathtaking vistas. I would highly recommend this excursion to anyone interested in seeing the Cinque Terre region.

Mary V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our guide Francesco was the best. My sons, 11 and 14 years old, had a blast. Perfect way to tire them out!

Lisa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our guide Johnny was simply wonderful! This is a bit of a whirlwind tour and I did find myself wishing we had a little more time in some of the villages - but the bonus is you get to see them all! The hiking portion of the trip was challenging as the terrain is quite rough. I am very fit - I run 10k a day about 5 times a week. Johnny was very clear that it was not an easy hike - and he was right! If you are fit, it is a terrific way to burn off the wonderful lunch which is provided. We were possibly the last tour of the season and that worked out fabulously as we were virtually the only tourists in the villages. The trade off was that some stores were closed, but I didn't find that a hardship. Great day trip - and our driver Marco got us there and back on time!

lakmymail

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was an absolutely amazing experience - fantastic tour guide , breathtaking views , plenty of yummy gelatos to tuck into when you reach each of the 5 villages . its a moderate hike but if you dont want to hike all the way they give you the option to take the train . absolutely loved it

Martin K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great exprerience, friendly and helpfull guide. If you want to see Cinque Terre, this is the tour to get.

Elissa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The most magical and amazing experience of my life! The tour guide was phenomenal! And the views were unmatched!! I dream of the day that I will return! This is a must!

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