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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

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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

smportillo26

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This tour is one of the most amazing tours I have taken. It is an active tour with lots of hiking, but nothing extreme. The views, the food, the towns make it all worth it. I have to say the guides were also amazing! This is a must! Cinque Terre is one of the most beautiful places I've seen in Europe.

Selle W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Love and so glad we did this tour!

nathan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This trip allowed us to visit the beautiful villages of the Cinque Terre in one day. In order to accomplish this, the pace is brisk and time to explore each village is limited. Our tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and shared interesting information throughout the day. The setting for our lunch at Corneglia was delightful. However, you will need to navigate 382 steps from the train station to get to the village and restaurant. From there, we embarked on the hike to Vernazza. The terrain on the trail is rough and rocky at times, with some steep inclines. But the views are spectacular! Be sure to stop for a lemon icee at the cafe half-way through the hike. You'll need it! If you aren't up to hiking, you can ride the train. In the late afternoon, we relaxed with a bottle of wine and enjoyed incredible views of the Italian coastline as we journeyed by boat from Monterossa Al Mare to Riomaggiore before boarding our bus back to Florence. It's a long day and you will get a good workout with the stairs at Corneglia and the hike. But hey, you just experienced the incredible Cinque Terre!

Paul R Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

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Hinel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great! Worth the Hike!

Ashley S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

One of the most memorable experience i had during my trip to Italy. Highly recommend it and the guides were so helpful and informative!

Cheryl W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was a fabulous trip led by Martina from Walkabout Tours. From start to finish Martina made the trip fun and full of facts about the region. Cinque Terre is by far one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Hiking from town to town makes you really experience the terrain and every turn of the trail leads to a photo op. I highly recommend this tour!

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.

Tag

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.

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