• 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

rainarainski

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Breathtaking viewpoints! The coast on one side and vineyards and olive groves on the other. Stephano was our guide and he was outstanding! He’s very energetic and kept the day well organized. I will be returning to do this hike again and will definitely special request Stephano! The BEST!
Raina.

Michelle K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Our tour guides were Fabio and Alessandro, both were very entertaining and knowledgeable. Genuinely friendly and provided a unique experience of Cinque Terre!

jonk2

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Obviously a long day. But Chris and Alehandro did a great job keeping us Engaged. Entertained and didn’t lose anyone. Haha. Walk/ hike was harder than I expected but doable and views were spectacular. We enjoyed comfortable Bus drive. Trains and Ferry ride between towns.

Melissa L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Even with temps above 90 degrees F, this was an incredible day in Cinque Terre for my boyfriend and me!! Our tour guides, Chris and Martina, were absolutely fabulous! On the bus from Florence to Cinque Terre, they both gave us a lesson on the area and the best things to capture while in Cinque Terre. When we arrived, we split into 2 groups we were with Martina and started our journey across the five towns. The hike up to our lunch spot highly recommend paying 15 Euros to have lunch with the group - seafood and pesto were delicious! was a good test for the group. After lunch we started the main hike from town 3 to 4 and wow, it was harder than we expected and the heat didn't help!! However, the view from the top was gorgeous - a must see! After the hike we had a chance to take a dip in the Mediterranean which was a life saver! Town 5 we took Martina's advice and grabbed some local grub and wine and enjoyed the scenery. Luckily the weather was great so we were able to take a ferry back to town 1 and see Cinque Terre from the sea. All around a fantastic tour!

Maha S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Me and my siblings really enjoyed the hike, it is the best way to see the Cinque Terre, and our GUIDE Stefano was the best he made the
hike extr special.
Be carful it is a series hike.

Allison W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

When they say it’s a hike... it’s a hike... especially in 100 degree heat. Alessandro was amazing though and he made sure we were all together and was very informative! Honestly, he made the trip a little better because he was constantly keeping us laughing! WEAR GOOD SHOES! I can’t repeat that enough! Totally worth the money, heat, hike, and exhaustion! Also, wear your bathing suit because a swim after the hike feels better than nothing else!

Ellendavisbunner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

I chose this tour for our family because we wanted to see and experience as much as possible and this tour did that! The hike was fun and exhilarating and very doable we felt we had enough time along the way to check out each coastal village and it ended with a perfect ferry ride back to the station before heading home. Guides were great kept everyone in line but gave us freedom as well! We thought of trying to do this on our own from Florence originally but it was so much easier to have someone who knew what they were doing and to get us off the beaten path away from the crowds. Very informative as well!

Michael D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Excellent trip with fantastic guides! Angel and Gloria were wonderful and informative all day while guiding us through all 5 towns of cinque Terre. It's a proper hike so bring your sneakers!

Mary

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

My daughter and I took a day trip from Florence to Cinque Terre. We opted for the hiking adventure and loved it. We started off on a mini-hike and then enjoyed a great lunch with the group (extra cost) After lunch, the real hike began. It was about 30 minutes uphill and 30 minutes downhill. You can go at your own pace and my daughter was determined to finish quickly so we had more time for swimming. Definitely bring (wear) your swimsuit as the water is very refreshing after the hike. There isn't any changing area, but we managed to change discreetly behind a towel. Our guides, Chris and Margarit, were fantastic. There were many logistics to get everyone on each train to get to the next town and they had it all timed perfectly. I highly recommend this trip. It was one of our favorite days on our European adventure.

HUCK

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Great day. Loved our guides. Fabio and Belen were wonderful. Fabio has a great personality. I wish I had five or six people just like him working for me. We went on a hot day. Up the stairs in the second village, had a great lunch best pesto ever! try the white wine - really good, took a few pictures then set off on the hike. It was a couple of miles with a nice little bar stop in the middle. We took the train to the 4th village, swam and laid on the beach, then had a nice boat ride back to the first village, train ride and bus ride back. It was well worth the money. I would do it all over again! Salute. Grazie!

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