• 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

gbucci1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Even the rain couldn't damped the beauty of this tour!

Bre W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Best day ever! Stefano was awesome! We had some needy ones in the group and he was so kind and helpful. If I had to pick one thing to do again in Italy, it would be this tour, NO QUESTION! The hike was incredible, we were able to wander, swim, shop, eat amazing food. And the views were breathtaking!

Robert C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great trip! We met up with people from a previous Viator trip for this tour and had a great time with them as well. The bus ride from Florence was fun, informative, and quick! We saw some cool sites in each village. The lemonade/orange juice partial alcohol stand half way up the trail/hike was so refreshing and yummy and needed at that time. It is a bit strenuous but there were some that went at a slower pace and others that were literally jogging it. Stairs are uneven and sometimes high though doable.
Really recommend this especially if you like some physical activity while eating your way through Italy! Would do it again!

Cindy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was amazing, but not for the faint of heart. There is a reason they have you sign a waiver. That being said, despite the fact that we were not as physically fit as we thought, we enjoyed this tour. Gloria was our tour guide.

Desmond F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Fantastic tour well worth every Euro .

Yen E United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great tour, great guide Angel he was the best choice enjoying this tour throughout Angel's eyes was amazing the history, the insights, the comments, and his people's side, made the tour worth it.
Going to Cinque Terre, enjoying the sights and the food was phenomenal. Hiking throughout 4 of the 5 Terres it is something worth to do it.

Nancy G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This was an amazing tour! one I would do again, gotta be reasonably fit though! If you love the outdoors and love landscapes this one is not to be missed, we had amazing tour guides, we had Gloria who was a Firenze native she is full of energy and enthusiasm and you just get absorbed in the surrounded beauty and her knowledge!

Mark G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Our favourite trip in Italy, hands down. Im not big on interacting with tour guides, but the tour guides on this trip were awesome. The scenery was amazing and the itinerary was very well put together.
The hike is hard work, pack a spare pair of clothes as you don't want be going home on he bus smelling!
And don't do the lunch, it was ordinary. Best bet is to grab lunch from another restaurant or café in the town you stop at.

sam

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

We had an unforgettable experience with Gloria and Walkabout Florence. If you only have one day to experience Cinque Terre, this is the way to do it. The tour was run very professionally and on schedule. We felt safe and comfortable on the bus, especially considering we were there during the hottest time of the year. We felt like we got to see and do a little bit of everything in these villages. We took a beautiful train ride, went on the most beautiful hikes of our lives through the hills of the coast, had a wonderful seafood lunch, got to soak and relax in the crystal clear Mediterranean, and took a picturesque, relaxing boat ride to complete an unforgettable day. Our guide gave the group the option of staying with her during the hike or going off on our own, but she gave very clear instructions as to where to meet so we wouldn't miss any connections. She also gave us a great recommendation for a place to get a snack and a drink in one of the towns. If we are ever lucky enough to travel to Florence again, we will be certain to book a trip with this company.

mehtahetal82

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Great tour, beautiful scenery and towns, very good tour guides. VERY tough hike for those who don't hike regularly, think twice, avoid in summer due to heat. I am of average fitness and had to use every ounce of my energy and it was too hot in Aug.

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