• 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

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

Brett P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Thank you Stephano, great trip and personalization!

Vaishali R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

The highlight of my trip. Beautiful views, great hike and overall a fantastic experience. Angel and Fabio were great and I would highly recommend this to everyone. PS - I had the best gelato in Corniglia :

Kim

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Beautiful scenery! Definitely wear good shoes. We did the 3.7 mile hike, but with the villages we walked about 7-8 miles total. Angel was a great tour guide!

Carolyn

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Stefano and Gloria are absolutely amazing! Highly recommend. Not sure how I would have navigated Cinque Terre without a guide. Both of our guides made sure we got to see exactly what we wanted.

SDLLLewis

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

OMG!!!! Such a spectacular trip!! Very organized and Fabian and Angel were so fun, personable and made the trip amazing. Yes, as many have noted, it is a great hike but you had better be able to walk and climb a bit. But so worth it!! The sites can't be seen unless you take this trip and hike. Lunch was very nice and relaxed. If you don't like seafood, there are other options but it is a rather set-meal option. You can do lunch on your own but we enjoyed the ready when we got there option. Lunch wasn't included but was about 15 euros/per person. Quite reasonable. But I thought it was great and so fun with amazing views!! Some in our group had brought a picnic lunch. It looked fun but I certainly wouldn't have wanted to carry it on the hike! Fabian and Angel gave us great tips for things to do in each town. The boat part of the trip didn't work out the day we traveled but I think they said the boats are run by the Park Service so that couldn't be helped. Would have really liked a bit longer in the last two towns even if it meant that we didn't get back until later. It is a 12 hour plus day but I'd do it again in a heartbeat!!! Can't say enough great things about this trip and Fabian and Angel!!!!

Nelly A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

I was so happy to take this trip! Stephano was amazing! I loved the hike and the villages! Stephano even went out of his way to recommend hidden gems and must see's and eats! I really recommend it!

ususal

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We had a fantastic time on this hiking tour of Cinque Terre with Stephano who was very attentive throughout the trip. The train rides between the various towns was a refreshing change to the usual bus shuttles one usually encounters on such trips. Highly recommend!

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