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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 a seafood lunch with views of the Mediterranean and transportation by coach, train and boat.


  • 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

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 a delicious seafood and pasta lunch at a restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean. 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

Tina C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The tour was very well organized. Our tour guides, Francesco and Jiada, were both very knowledgeable and personable. Hiking the trail is really the best way to experience Cinque Terre. Highly recommended!

Thomas B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Guides Freddy and Matteo were excellent. Pointed out sites of interest along the way and provided local information.

Laura S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

An incredible tour expertly lead by Francesco and Giada. My husband and I are generally wary of group tours, but this was a pure joy from start to finish. If you are in Florence and want to see the Cinque Terre, this tour is for you. Francesco and Giada handled all the logistics, which allowed my husband and I to just relax and enjoy the experience. Thank you Francesco and Giada!

Wally L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

awesome trip


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was such a great experience! Our two guides, Johnny and Vinny were very informative and funny! Two of the coolest guides we and #39;ve encountered. Cinque Terre was beautiful and the hike was worth it! We were able to see all 5 towns and were given time to explore on our own. Absolutely recommend this!

Fermin N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I'm a seasoned traveler and this one is one of the best--just be in good physical shape.

Patrice W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour guides! The hike was beautiful, the lunch delicious and enough time to see all the towns along the way!

Stephen W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Very good. Enjoyed the opportunity to see the cities up close and personal. The guides Jade and Francisco were warm and personal and added just the right amount of historical perspective of how the cities came to be and what the are today. Would gladly take any tour with either.
Only suggtin would be to not try and do all five cities or offer as a different more in depth tour of three cities. Would allow more time to rally absorb the liaison back,life style of these fabulous cities.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour given by Johnny! Quick note that the hike is on Rocky, sometimes slippery, surfaces. Proper footwear a must!

Craig L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We spent ten days in Italy recently and we must say, the day trip to Cinque Terre was the highlight of our vacation. We were very fortunate enough to have the perfect weather on the day we went, but more importantly, the tour was very well organized and planned from start to finish. Giada and Freddie were outstanding and we could not have asked for better tour guides. They kept our group moving, safe, well informed and on time. We were able to hit all five of the little towns and were able to spend a nice amount of time in each to allow for some sight-seeing, shopping, wine and gelato. The included lunch at the restaurant was amazing and the hike itself offered beautiful, breath-taking views that we will never forget. Definitely wear comfortable clothes and sensible shoes and travel light especially if you plan to do any shopping. We would definitely do this again!

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