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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.

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

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

Lucy A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour was the best we ever experienced a great value. Our tour guides, Giada and Fabian were outstanding....they were very informative, personable, and entertaining. We absolutely loved the tour. An amazing hike through all the villages, time to swim, shop and eat, and of course take a million pics! It was unforgettable, and, we hope to go back. Thank you!

Al D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I booked this through Viator and had a great time. Our guide Johnny was fantastic and did a great job keeping us all together, showing us around and doing so with a smile and a positive attitude. I enjoyed meeting the others in the group about 30 of us and Cinque Terre was absolutely stunning. A few comments to help:
- The bus is similar to a nice coach/greyhound bus in the States. it has A/C and holds about 50 people there were 30 of us, so some empty seats
- Its about a 2.30 minute bus ride to Cinque Terre and we stopped about halfway through on the way there for a bio break. On the return to Florence, we actually took the train to La Spezia and the bus drove us back. They aim to get you back around 8-830 but I think we ended up in around 9-ish
- There is a hike, and there are some rigorous parts but overall I felt it was manageable. I'm a 20-something health/active person If you don't think you want to or can handle the hike you can always take train between the towns
- We ended up taking the boat ride back the sea was calm and it was pretty cool. Cross your fingers as it was really neat
- Pro Tip On the way there, recommend you sit on the left side of the bus. It seemed like there were a lot more cooler views on that side than on the right not a huge deal, as you'll see plenty when you get there

Overall I had a great experience in Cinque Terre and Walkabout was fantastic. Hats off to Johnny and Mauro!

Taiyaba G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Hardcore hiking!!! SUPERB tour!!! A big thanks to our guides FABIAN and JOHNNY BOY!!! They kept everyone motivated and cheering till the last minute.. So much guidance.. perfection, simple and clear instructionns.. Lunch was so delicious!! Views were breathtaking. .be prepared for a long sweaty day

Manan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was a great trip covering all 5 villages of Cinque Terre. We would not have been able to cover them all in one day on our own. The lunch provided was excellent too. Our guide Tina was simply amazing. She told us funny stories and all the information and history we needed to know about the region.

babs12564

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fantastic trip! One of my family of fives favorite days of our 16 days in Italy! We were happy, exhausted and in awe of what we did and saw! Our guides Stefano and Fabiano were awesome! Many thanks guys! They are super engaging, knowledgable,very funny and made the bus trip there fly by! Stefano always made sure the group was together and doing okay on the hike. Many thanks guys! Every part of this tour was well worth the money and the hike on a hot day, could not plan it better if you tried.

Kathryn B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Love love loved it. Fabian and Jade were amazing tour guides, extremely knowledgeable and informative. They made the day fun and created a great atmosphere. I'm not a super fit person but still managed the hike. You can go at your own pace and stop as often as you like for a breather. There's also the option of getting a shuttle bus if you want to skip the hike. Would highly recommend Walkabout Florence!!!

Krit S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

i love this hiking trip.

maxslai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent hike and beautful views of Cinque Terres cities. Jadda and Francesco were superb guides and would highly recommend them if you're looking for a tour in this region. Both were very knowledgable and apart of the walkabout tours in Firenze. Definitely recommend this local tour company for anyone looking to explore Tuscana region.

Christopher L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

What an awesome day. My wife and I had a great experience on this trip. Gloria was the guide for the day and she was amazing! She got to know every single person's name in the group of 15 and was very knowledgeable about the Cinque Terre villages and super friendly. The views were surreal, the lunch was great, and the costs on was well worth it as a train ticket alone from Florence is 55 euro alone, put we had train transportation between villages! Great day for the cost and highly recommend if your are able to put in a full take of hiking!

steinunn s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I loved this tour and would go there if i were you :

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