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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 Florence to Cinque Terre day trip includes a seafood lunch with views of the Mediterranean, ample free time and transport by coach, train and boat.

Highlights

  • Hiking trip to Cinque Terre from Florence
  • Spectacular coastal views along the Cinque Terre
  • Lunch in a local restaurant overlooking the blue sea and hillsides covered with vineyards
  • 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

Start your journey from Florence to the Cinque Terre by coach, and listen as guide share stories about the area. Hear tales about the Tuscan city of Lucca, its famous resident Puccini and the nearby marble mountains of Carrara. You’ll also learn about the Cinque Terre, and of its five unspoiled fishing villages — Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Monterosso and Riomaggiore — that form the national park.
Begin your Cinque Terre hike in the hills above Manarola and walk to Corniglia, a gorgeous trail that finishes with a steep climb of some 382 steps. The charm of the region is that it is natural and untouched, so there are no safety rails and paths often cut close to the cliff edge.
In Corniglia, it’s time for food, so stop to enjoy Mediterranean seafood and pasta with pesto. Views from the restaurant match the fine food, and it’s the perfect place to refuel.
Continue hiking the Cinque Terre as you pass terraces of olive groves, which line your route to Vernazza. Perhaps visit one of its colorful bars or cafes, or take a dip in the bay. From Vernazza, take the train to Monterosso, a village known for its beach and artisanal shops. Enjoy free time to sample the local wine or dip your feet in the Med.
Relax with a boat ride (or train ride, if the weather is poor) to Riomaggiore with its candy-colored houses. Then relax before your last portion of the hike to Manarola.
Your day trip from Florence to the Cinque Terre finishes with a coach journey back to the city.
Please note: The walking route covers roughly 3.4 miles (5.5km) and the Cinque Terre trails 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

David F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Walkabout tours is awesome! Our guides Giada and Francesco were friendly, engaging, and helpful throughout. We saw all 5 towns in the Cinque Terre, completed a breathtaking hike, and lounged at the beach in Vernazza. It's an action-packed day so you will likely sleep for most of the bus rides. Thanks for a great experience!

mcooze

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

An excellent day for those that would enjoy an active tour. The day is very busy with lots of beautiful vistas and fabulous food. Freddy and Francesco, our tour leaders were extremely informative and helpful throughout the tour. They also took the time to provide suggestions for our time in Florence. I would definitely recommend this tour.

Jessica S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

First let me say that Francesco was great. He is an experienced tour guide and hiker. We felt safe in his capable hands. It was great not having to worry about how we would get somewhere or finding our way. The Cinque Terre was a highlight of our trip. We loved it so much, and we loved this tour! I will enourage everyone to use Walk About Florence in the future. So awesome.

Michelle I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was the best tour that we took on our trip to Italy. Martina was an exceptional tour guide - informative, organized, warm and just good energy. The hike was a great way to make it to some of the villages with mixing in different forms of transportation, such as the train and the boat ride at the end to see the rest of the villages. When we arrived at the restaurant - they were ready for us. We had a great time.

Tara N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

what you need to know about this tour is, it's a legit hike. It is not for the unfit. pack plenty of water if you're doing this in the summer months, and wear sneakers or hiking shoes. The path is raw and can be difficult at times, uneven stepping is constant. I'm very glad I did it once, the views were absolutely amazing the tour guides were amazing, but I doubt I would do this again, from a physical standpoint.

Sanjutha B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fabian and Freddy were fun, informative, and full of local stories and great tips! Thanks so much for the wonderful day!

William B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

had the time of my life.
would've liked to have had a little more time at each destination.
my guide Johnny was a blast! he was funny and knew the history of the places.
he made the trip

Katie A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This trip was really great. I don't like hiking, but this trip was amazing. Our guide Johnny was very knowledgeable and funny which made the aching legs and continuous steps bearable. Loved this trip so much.

Katie A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This trip was really great. I don't like hiking, but this trip was amazing. Our guide Johnny was very knowledgeable and funny which made the aching legs and continuous steps bearable. Loved this trip so much.

Lorraine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was a great combination of beautiful scenery, hiking, and tasting local foods. The sea was calm, so we were able to take the boat ride. Enjoy this trip!

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