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Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking
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icon13 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

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.
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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.
Itinerary
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
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
  • OPERATED BY Walkabout

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.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

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

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

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking?
A:
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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking?
A:
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


  • "The hiking trail can be a bit challenging, especially in the rain, so be prepared for a significant hike over very rocky terrain." See review
  • "Wear good shoes and bring a water bottle as well as a camera." See review

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Amazing experience.
Dimitra_A
, Jul 2021
It was an amazing experience, i would definitely visit Cinque Terre again, i found it magical. My opinion is that a guided tour is needed if you are visiting the villages for the first time, because it's difficult, managing to see 5 villages in one day- tight schedule and a bit complicated. Our guide was amazing and really helpful!
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Great day trip to Cinque Terre
Tom_C
, Jul 2021
This day trip to Cinque Terre from Florence was fantastic! Chris and Alessandro were knowledgeable, high energy and made the trip fun! Lots of hiking and felt great afterwards. Boat ride was super cool!
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Don't Miss This Beautiful Experience on the Italian Riviera.
Monique_Caravello
, Jul 2021
This tour was the absolute highlight of our trip to Italy. We spent the day with tour guides Chris and Manolo. Both of these guys were so much fun to spend the day with. We had to cover a lot in a certain amount of time and they both did their best to manage the time well. We were able to hike, eat, drink, shop, jump into the water, wine taste and learn a lot about Cinque Terre and parts of Tuscany on the way to Cinque Terre. Every dollar was well spent on this tour and any notion of feeling like I would miss out on Florence by spending the entire day on this tour was quickly erased by the end of the day. I hope to do this again sometime in the near future. Thank you again to our amazing tour guides! Thank you for the tip on the Sciacchetrá. I was able to take some home from our trip and what a delightful way to reminisce over our trip while looking at pictures and sipping on this delicacy from Monterosso. Brilliant!
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Great tour!
Anonymous
, Jul 2021
Even though it was really hot outside, the trip was worth it! Chris did a really great job of guiding us through the 5 towns and therefore we didn’t have to “figure” anything out. Loved getting recommendations of things to eat/see at each place as well. It was a good day and it ended nicely with the boat ride. I only wish there was restroom accommodations on the bus being 2 hours there and back.
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Treasure Memory
AndreiE
, Jul 2021
If you want to have a million dollar view, you should definitely take this tour. The tour is precise and you can accomplish all the objectives of Cinque Terre. Cris (the tour guide) is excellent! He was relaxed, confident in us having a perfect time and he told us a lot of precious information not only about Cinque Terre, but also about all the towns that we passed with the bus during this trip. I strongly encourage you to take this tour beacuse you will have a memory to treasure for the rest of your life!
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Transcends all the tours we've ever joined.Outstanding.
Juvic_L
, Jul 2021
Alberto ,our tour guide did better than good,he did EXCEPTIONAL. From the start to the end everything was well taken cared off.Our comforts is his concern. We joined the hike and indeed it was well worth it,the views are magnificent. It wasn't easy ,it was a hot day but we made it and we're glad we hiked. This trip is a bit tiring but rewarding.With Alberto you can be sure it is.Thanks to Rosano too (the bus driver),he made sure of our safety. I strongly recommend this trip.👍
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Great tour great guide
KarolP
, Jul 2021
Really nice tour and guide. Chris is the best! This is a must tour you should do if you go to Florence
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Cinque Terre
Patty_M
, Jul 2021
Chris is a magician/ he expertly made sure that 20 of us learned a lot, had fun, we’re safe.. he had us in a bus. 3 trains, and a boat. He is impressive!! I had a marvelous time!! Beautiful! On the way “home “ to Florence, he sat with each of us and asked for questions- gave recommendations. This was the very best. Good safe driver too!!
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Cinque Terre
Alberto_A
, Jul 2021
Cris and Manolo did a great job. Both Lead the tour professionally and made sure no one get behind. Thank you guys!
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Once in a lifetime!
Kevin_M
, Jul 2021
During our trip to Italy, we visited Rome, Venice, and Florence. But it was this excursion that was the absolute highlight! We were greeted by our tour guide, Alberto, promptly and pleasantly on the morning of our trip. He let us know what we should expect and then led us to the bus that would take us to Cinque Terre. During the 2-hour drive there he charmingly told us about the sights and history behind the areas we were driving through. It was an absolutely delightful way to start this once in a lifetime experience. When we arrived to Cinque Terre, Alberto gave all of us clear directions about where we would be going, the trains we would be taking, and even gave us clear directions as to what we should do if we were separated from the group. This came as a huge relief as I’m a bit of a worrier in those situations. The tour itself was incredible!! Alberto led us through the small villages and through the terraced fields filled with grapes, lemons, and other pristine vegetation. From there we were told where we could get a quick swim in (and we did!). The next stop was in the village where we enjoyed lunch, which I highly recommend. The group split at that point, with some of us choosing to take the train instead of the hike. My wife and I chose the train as we were exhausted from a week of walking. Those that took the hike described it as challenging, but absolutely worth it! We closed out the day in the final village with some great advice from Alberto on places to have a wine tasting, find food and desserts, and do some shopping. My wife and I took these recommendations to heart and tried each. Each stop was better than the last! The boat ride at the end was the perfect way to end the day by seeing each of these gorgeous villages from a vantage point most people will never have the opportunity to see. All things considered, this was one of the greatest experiences of my life! It was a busy and memorable day that I will take with me for the rest of my days. Huge thanks to Alberto, our bus driver Ricardo, and Walkabout Tours!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
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