• 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

Mauricio G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

I would give this tour 6 stars if I could, this was the highlight of our trip to Italy. We enjoyed every part of the day. The bus ride was about 2 hours from Florence, but the tour guides were very educational about the region as we drove through so we were not bored. Chris and Angel were very well educated, informative, and most importantly personable, friendly and charismatic. The trip was very well organized, structured, and punctual. The itinerary was well planned as it was interspersed with taking trains, walking/hiking and a boat ride at the end so we were not overly tired, though we had a quiet bus ride home to rest. Even though it rained on our trip we enjoyed the sights and the hiking. They brought us to a local restaurant which was delicious, and we had ample time to explore all five towns.
Angel and Chris were awesome guides! Their personable natures were inspirational to continue traveling both Italy and the world and to enjoy the simple things in life like a beautiful country as Italy. My one regret from this trip was to not have taken a picture with Angel and Chris, but they gave us a great memory. Angel has a special vibe and soul. Chris was very well educated about everything and very friendly and professional. You can tell they love what they do.
Now that I've babbled enough, overall this was a great tour and we highly recommend it and would do it again!

Billie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Highlight of our trip! Our tour guides were amazing and we cannot recommend this highly enough. If you book anything, make sure it's this day trip!

Jackie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

This tour was great! It was well organized, and the tour guides were wonderful. I would recommend this if you're in good shape and don't mind moving quickly. You see a LOT in one day, but it might not be best for people who want to travel at a more leisurely pace.

Bryan I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

One of the best tours ever!!!! I actually have done this tour twice its so nice and Beautiful scenery. The best Gelato ever.

thomas c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Very enjoyable tour. Interesting bus ride up some narrow roads to get to the starting point. Our guide was excellent. The sights and scenes were amazing. A mid level amount of hiking/walking required. Would recommend some training at home prior to the hike. Our guide and the scenery made this a must have tour. Highly recommend.

krw213

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This is an excellent option if you are short on time and want to check out Cinque Terre. There's time in each village so you can decide which to revisit.

The tour includes bus ride, train and boat tickets, and guides, which we felt was an incredible value. It does not include lunch but there's an option to add it when you're on the bus.

Walkabout, please consider making lunch part of the tour, as nearly everyone chooses to add it. Or, at least give an option to pre-book the lunch and pay once similar to adding the Pisa tower climb to a day in Tuscany. It took a long time to take orders and several people were scrounging for cash to pay for it some even had to stop at an ATM, which is an additional expense.

Our guides, Chris and Angel, were wonderful, experienced, and personable. They did a great job keeping track of group with varying speeds and abilities and made a point of speaking individually to each group at some point during the day.

A quick synopsis of our day:
- 2.5 hour drive to La Spezia to catch the train
-Manarola - 40 min, short guided walk, continue walk to shore and tide pools
- Corniglia - 1.5 hrs lots of stairs to get to village, lunch seafood starter ok, pesto pasta tasty and fresh, water good value, beautiful views easier than coordinating going out on your own
- hike from Corniglia to Vernazza - this hike is HARD. Heed the advice about clothing and shoes. Takes 1-1.5 hours.
- Vernazza - enjoyed a well earned gelato and glass of wine while overlooking the harbor, 1-1.5 hours depending how long the hike takes
- Monterosso-sul-mare - had about an hour for a stroll and wine tasting, felt like the most relaxing town, then a boat ride 35 min toRiomaggiore
- Riomaggiore - short walk through town to catch the train back to La Spezia
- 2.5 hour drive back to Florence should have been 1.5 hours but there was an accident

Travel-Adventures

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Highly recommend this tour. We still talking about it after a year. We did alot of hiking, but this was the best so far.

TStone

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Wonderful! Angel was our guide and he was so thoughtful and fun! He thought of everything and made sure we went and saw all the important parts of the lovely villages including pointing out the perfect picture spots. The hike is not as bad at all. It's a perfect mix of hiking and touring. Highly suggest doing the lunch with the group. We met some lovely people and the view is perfect!

Ethyn F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Awesome Hike. Not very difficult but totally worth doing.

Alan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This tour was fantastic. Cinque Terre is a magical place. Our guide team Stephano and Martina did a terrific job and made this experience even better. Our driver Antonio was phenomenal!!!!!! They were very well organized and helped us with all our needs. We highly recommend this tour.
Alan and Monica
USA

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