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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.


  • 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

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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 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

AusTraveller Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour.
The staff were friendly and engaging. Alternatives were given for the those that may find the hiking too challenging.
The meal at lunch was most enjoyable along with the views from the restaurant.
Wandering around the streets of the towns was enjoyable also. There was enough time provided at each destination to walk the town, enjoy a wine or take in the views.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

this was a fantastic day. bus ride was scenic and guide explained history as we drove. But the towns and the hike were just amazing ,, one of my favorite Italian days

Nancy E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Sandra was absolutely awesome! She is caring, thorough, and shows she loves what she does. She made the hike very enjoyable and a learning experience. The boat ride back was a very nice touch.

David M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great experience. We visited all five villages, hiking between villages 3 and 4. The hike was uphill for the first half but easily managed, the cold drink at the halfway point was very welcome. It gave us the opportunity to see more of the Italian coastline.

Priya M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Dont miss this if going north Italy.. Just fabulous, had a great family time ... a unique combination of a Hike , boat ride, train ride and a bus ride :

Julie T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

One of the highlights of our trip to Italy. Our guide Martina was fabulous. The tour is well-organized, informative, and entertaining. We had enough time to see each of the towns, eat an excellent lunch, and get in a bit of hiking. Overall, I loved it--it was a great experience!

Lori H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

LOVED this trip, definitely one of the highlights of my vacation. Our tour guide, Sandra, was fantastic - very knowledgeable, organized, punctual and clear in her instruction. This hike is a must!! And if you get Sandra as your guide, even better!!

Allen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

My wife said this was one of the best activities of our whole trip - Rome, Florence and Switzerland


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour was truly AMAZING! This was one of my favorite days that my husband and I spent in Italy. It was such an adventure and the towns are so beautiful. The tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. She even made the drive to Cinque Terre fun and a learning experience. The only thing about the tour is that I wish we could have spent more time in each town. However, there is just simply no way to do that on a day trip. We would have needed to consider just spending 2 days at least in the region.

The hike is not too bad. My husband and I are in moderate shape I would say, and the hike was fine. You can go at your own pace, so you can take breaks when you need them especially to stop and soak in the beautiful scenery. Heights wise, I am terrified of heights, but I didn't find myself fearful at all on this tour. Just breathtaking. A must see location of Italy.

Louis B USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Loved it. 2nd time and it gets better

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