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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
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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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Memorable and fun day!
Julia_V
, Jul 2021
This was such an amazing day! Cinque Terre can be done in a day or in a weekend, in my humble opinion. If you choose to do the day, then I’d recommend this tour! It gives you the best time/space to explore the five villages while also understanding the history/culture behind them. Our guide, Chris, was very energetic, personable, and knowledgeable. Specific comments: 1. If you’re a beach goer, I’d recommend bringing a swimsuit. You can buy towels in one of the villages from 8-14 euros. So if you’re in a budget, may want to bring towel too. 2. You have time allotted for each village and will stop at Corniglia to eat lunch. We ate at the recommended place by Walkabout and had some very good seafood and pesto! They also give you free time and if you want to skip a hike or something, they gave you options. I loved this sense of flexibility! 3. There seems to be a lot of external factors out of control of the group that could affect this trip (I.e., the weather for the boat ride / trains running on time, etc). Luckily everything worked like clockwork for us but just be cognizant of that and be flexible. The villages are all beautiful and you’ll be in great hands! Comment about Walkabout: this is our second tour with this group and we LOVE them! Lavinia and Chris were our tour guides for two tours and were so energetic, friendly, and knowledgeable. Super impressed and wish them nothing but great success as the world finds its new normal.
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Amazing!
Katie_A
, Jul 2021
This day trip was amazing! The bus ride was very comfortable and enjoyable with our humerus and informative guides Chris and Monolo. The train rides were very organized and the guides did a great job of explaining meeting times and what was expected. When we were in each town Chris was our guide and he walked us around and gave us history with jokes and anecdotes. Then we always had free time to explore. We got to swim in two of the towns and do a little shopping. Lunch was delicious as well. The hike was challenging because of the weather but the views were totally worth it it! The boat rides was very relaxing as it gave us another look at each town. On the bus ride home our guides made sure to come and chat with each of us individually and answer any of our questions! A fantastic day!
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Walkabout Tour Guides were great!
Jessica_E
, Jul 2021
One of my best days in Italy. Well organized and enough free time to go swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. Still amazed we saw so much in one very full day! I enjoyed meeting a few other solo travelers and bonded quickly with the group. Tour guide Chris was super knowledgeable and offered answers and ideas throughout the entire day. He even gave me electrolytes when the heat was starting to get to me on the hike. Truly a 10 out of 10 day!
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Monolo, best tour guide!
Julie_Y
, Jul 2021
What made this trip over the top was the guide, Monolo. He was funny, knowledgeable, easy to communicate with, very organized, meticulous and went over and beyond his call of duty by taking time to give each person his undivided attention. He even checked train time for a person going to Pisa right after the tour. I asked and he gave me list of restaurants to try while in Florence and they turned out to be perfect. I’ve had guides but Monolo is now my friend.
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Five towns on a cliff
Stan_Tillman
, Jul 2021
Wow! We had seen Cinque Terre on travel shows, but I can tell you that nothing compares to seeing it! And if you are able, I suggest you take a hiking tour. The trek was an intermediate path, but the views are worth the walk. We did not feel rushed nor were we required to keep up with the rest of the younger people. Also, do the lunch! It was delicious and had a really nice view! Alberto was our guide and he did a great job spending time with everyone - he even held back on the hike and walked with us for a bit spending time with us (although we still were not the last to finish). Skip the wine tasting in Monterosso - not that great and we missed seeing the old town. Go see old town. Definitely, recommend this tour!
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Definitely do this :)
Aideen_O
, Jul 2021
A great tour, well organised and fantastic guides! We got to see all the towns and the boat ride was fabulous!
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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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