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Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking

Firenze, Italy

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iconOffered in: English
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Face masks provided for travelers
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Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Experience the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre in one day with a guided tour 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. If you choose the tour option without hiking, the train will be used instead to move between villages.
  • Guided 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
  • Visit areas inaccessible by car with a guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, this active tour lets you explore unspoiled Italian Riviera landscapes by foot.
A fun and professional guide who is there to lead you through the day
Transport between Florence and Cinque Terre by coach plus all other transport for the day
Entry tickets to the Cinque Terre National Park
Boat ride along the Riviera (weather permitting)
Time to explore the Cinque Terre villages on foot

Departure Point

Piazza della Stazione, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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. (if you choose the tour option without hiking, the train will be used instead to move between villages).

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.
Stop At:  
Walkabout Tour Pick Up
Check-in and departure point
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Borgo Storico di Manarola
Built in the valley of the torrente Groppo, until 1950 the stream which runs through the town was completely uncovered and 11 stone bridges allowed the people to cross from one side to the other. Over the next thirty years the stream was gradually covered over. The ancient village was destroyed by Saracen pirates (in 849) and the surviving people fled in land to live. When the seas were made safe again in the 11th century, people came back to settle here under the protection of the Republic of Genova. By the 1200's cultivation of vines was not only established but the wine they produced was sought after. The church of San Lorenzo was begun in 1338. The patron saint is celebrated on the 10th of August with a procession through the streets carrying a statue of him. The castle which protected the town from pirates is now a private home, you can see the garden from the panoramic walk, it is on the rock immediately above the port. Manarola is now famous for its Christmas nativity scene which is the biggest in the world. Figures outlined in thousands of lights cover the hillside. Also an Easter scene is made.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Borgo Storico di Corniglia
The middle town of the five, Corniglia is the smallest town and sits at 90 metres above sea level. The name derives from the huge spur of rock on which the village sits. Population of about only 200. San Pietro church from the fourteenth century on the site of an eleventh century chapel. San Pietro's day is 29th June and as part of the celebrations, there is a procession through the streets. A special savoury tart is prepared with rice, eggs and cheese and is shared among the people who take part in the procession.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cinque Terre Trails
These ancient trails are rough but manageable. Be prepared for the hiking – although the path is open to everyone, remember that the ground can be slippery, uneven, and in places steep and narrow. The charm of the area is that it is natural and unspoiled, do not expect hand rails or safety rails when steps are steep or when the path is close to the cliff edge. Because of the nature of the hike, we are unable to accept small children or anyone with walking difficulties.
Duration: 8 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vernazza is unique in the Cinque Terre because of the small port that was built allowing ships to land in the protected bay. It was already a fortified village and efficient maritime base in the earliest records available from the eleventh century. Today there are traces of the military defences built by the Genovese in the thirteenth century such as traces of the old walls, ramparts and the look out tower.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Borgo Antico
There was a castle here before 1200 and some ruins of it can still be seen. The community of Monterosso was founded in 1214. The church of San Giovanni Battista, built-in 1220 has a bell tower built in 1400 as a lookout tower. The church of San Antonio di Mesco was built in 1335.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Spiaggia di Fegina
The new town is called Fegina and is linked to the old part of Monterosso by a pedestrian tunnel. Statue of Neptune built into the rock, but made of concrete so badly deteriorated, was built by an architect in the 1920's. The sandy shelf provides the ideal habitat for seagrass which acts as a lung for the waters of the Cinque Terre and provides a beautiful beach for us. The whole area is a marine protected area, like the sea version of a national park. 2007 Forbes magazine called Monterosso the sexiest beach in the world....whatever that may mean.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
monterosso railway station
Boat Ride (weather permitting)
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Borgo Storico di Riomaggiore
At Riomaggiore, centuries ago, the distinctive tall, colourful houses known as Genovese tower houses arranged in rows connected by alleys, arches and steps provided a defense against pirates. House colours are regulated by the comune. You can't just paint them any colour you like! Houses have two entrances, one at the front and one at the rear on the higher road, so that when they were attacked by pirates, the people could escape. At the end of the eighteen hundreds the railway came along the coast and Riomaggiore, along with the other towns of the cinque terrre came out of their historic isolation, even though a road wouldn't reach them until the 1970's. Language, lingua ligure, the villages were so cut off even from each other that they spoke different dialects of the same language.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Stazione La Spezia Centrale
Coach transfer back to Florence
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • Suitable walking shoes are mandatory for those doing the hiking – no flip-flops. Suggestions: walking boots or sneakers, closed toe shoes with non-slip soles.
  • If you want to swim during free time, please remember to bring your own towel and swimwear.
  • On rare occasions the boat ride will stop operating due to bad weather or strong winds. It is beyond our control so no refunds or discounts will be issued.
  • In case of unexpected closure of the paths for unforeseen events, alternative routes will be taken instead for those doing the hiking
  • A large amount of walking is involved for those doing the hiking. You must be of average fitness and be able to keep up with the rest of the group.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking difficulties, below average fitness, or young children.
  • Minimum age is 8 years.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking?
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking.
What is the social distancing policy during Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking.
What is the maximum group size during Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking?
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking.

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Traveler Tips

  • "There is a fair bit of walking involved just even through the different towns, so make sure to wear good shoes." See review
  • "Wearing appropriate shoes and clothing is necessary to enjoy the hike safely." See review


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Cinque Terre day trip
, Sep 2020
We had the most amazing day trip to cinque terre. Our guide Gabriel was awesome and couldnt do enough to make sure we were looked after thoroughly. The places we visited were out of this world, with amazing food, views and people. Gabriel made sure that we were on time to see everything and we didnt miss a single thing. He took us off the beaten path so that we could experience the more authentic and traditional Cinque Terre. There was a LOT of walking and climbing but the views made it all worth it. Cinque Terre is like no other place I have ever visited and I would definitely go back again and again. Thank you Gabriel for an such amazing memories.
Would recommend
, Sep 2020
Alberto was very knowledgeable and funny, great guide for the day. Whilst I consider myself fairly fit the hike was tough and people should think about doing it if fitness or an injury is a concern. Really great day and amazing places to visit would recommend. Full on day and you feel knackered at the end of it.
Great day! Money well spent.
, Sep 2020
Me and my boyfriend loved the walkabout tour. Our guide Gabriel was amazing, he was super keen, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and gave us lots of info on Cinque Terre and Italy in general. Would highly recommend this tour and Gabriel. Best.
A ‘must do’ experience!
, Sep 2020
Such a great day! Our tour guide Gabriele was fantastic - super friendly, very attentive, and shared lots of interesting information. The group size was perfect (only about 9 or 10 people due to covid season) and I was fortunate that there were others on the tour who I connected with. I’d like to spend more time in Cinque Terre one day but this tour is the perfect introduction to it, especially if your time in Italy is limited. I enjoyed the sense of accomplishment of doing the hike between villages, as well as the food and drink stops and the vibrant colours of each village and the sea.
, Sep 2020
This was an absolutely amazing trip and it’s a MUST if you are staying in Italy. Our guide Alberto was absolutely amazing. He showed us the best spots and could answer all the questions. Highly recommended!!
Amazing! Italy is back up and running
, Aug 2020
Amazing trip to Cinque Terre with Alessandro! Really informative yet relaxed with enough structure to keep the day flowing nicely. Hike was hit but the view was well worth it. Allesandro if you are reading this, please could you send me the name of the white wine we had at the restaurant we stopped at for lunch! Grazi!
Lovely day by the sea
, Aug 2020
Really great day out. Alessandro our host was ace. Super knowledgeable and kept everyone on track. Really well-organised and the hike was great fun if not a little sweaty. Definitely recommend if you want an adventure. The only part of the day I didn't enjoy was the ferry trip as it was a bit overcrowded, however it only the 2nd trip post the pandemic and this isn't specifically organised by the company. Alessandro was quick to explain he would look into this.
Best hiking trip I’ve ever been on!
, Dec 2019
From start to finish, this was by far my favorite trip. Getting there by bus was super easy, as the tour guides gave us the history of every town we drove through along the way. Once we got to Cinque Terre, Cristian was my tour guide. He was the best! He knew all the best food spots in each of the five towns, knew the best way to use your time in each town, and was extremely helpful in general. The hike during this trip had breathtaking views, and my favorite (alcoholic slushees made from freshly squeezed oranges and lemons at the halfway point). Each of the five towns had its own charm, and thanks to Cristian I feel like I got to see the most of each one. I would highly recommend this trip and Cristian!
all five lands in one day!
, Dec 2019
Our tour guide Christian did an amazing job of keeping everything on schedule so we could not only visit all five towns in one day, but also make a beautiful (and tiring!) inter-village hike. If you can handle the steep walking, I'd highly recommend this tour that gave us a taste of all the stops, and a unique opportunity to take pictures from the hike that looked like they came off a postcard. Thanks to Christian specifically, who was highly energetic and well organized.
Wonderful experience
Christina L
, Nov 2019
My favorite moment while it Italy. You get to see a different side of Cinque Terre than just taking the train through the towns. Def book this experience. Its worth it1

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