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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

Tom C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

One of the best tour we have been on. Well worth every penny. The hike requires that you be in decent health as it takes about 70 min, with half of the time uphill. But the view along the way is amazing. Each village is so pretty that we are planning to stay here for a few days next time we go to Florence. What made the tour so great was our tour guide Mateo. Not only was he friendly and knowledgeable he really took the time with each person on the tour. He introduce himself to each of us individually on the bus, offer tips to other cities we were visiting, told us about restaurants in the Florence, and really made our tour to Cinque Terre very enjoyable. I would have to say Mateo along with the beautiful scenery was the highlight of this tour.

Mariah U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

great tour! the bus ride was nice and the tour guides were so nice ! jada was our guide and we loved her!! shes so sweet and very helpful. gives tons of recommendations for what to eat or drink or do. the hike was beautiful - even though i wanted to pass out half way up !! theres an amazing little spot to stop at on the halfway point with FRESH orange juice !!! def try some out- its so refreshing. def recommend this tour !!!

Sheila G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This hiking day trip was the absolute highlight of our trip to Italy. Originally we were going to attempt to do Cinque Terre on our own but not having ever been before we decided it would be a good idea for our inaugural trip to go with people who know what they're doing and I'm SO glad that we did. Our tour guides were awesome - personable, knowledgeable and entertaining. We were a large group so I was pretty impressed with their ability to keep us all organized. The day itself - transportation, bathroom stops no small feat in Italy!, lunch - which was wonderful! -- was very well organized. I so enjoyed not having to worry about anything but just having FUN! We didn't have quite as much time as I would have liked in each village but I understand why not - this is a big venture to do all 5 villages in one day and I was quite exhausted by the end of the day. I feel like we got our money's worth and more. It was certainly nice to be able to just sleep on the bus on the way back to Florence. Good job!!!

Wai Fong Hong Kong

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It is an excellent trip, with a five star tour guide who was so funny and enthusiastic, who also took good care of us. Excellent arrangement, good hiking trail, sufficient free time to wander around the towns, good time management, all in all, safe and enjoyable trip thanks to the driver...! If I were to pick on one thing which displeased me would be the lunch - it seems a bit lean..., otherwise, it would be perfect!

Gregory A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Fabian and Francesco were excellent, knowledgeable guides. Cinque Terra is amazing and was on my bucket list- so happy we choose to see the towns via hiking. My tip, if hike from the 3rd town to 5th town, despite the itinerary only hiking 3rd to 4th towns.

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!

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