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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
Good for avoiding crowds

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
Piazza della Stazione , Piazza della Stazione, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Your guide will be holding a WALKABOUT sign, right by the taxi stand, just outside Santa Maria Novella train station

7:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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
See all safety measures taken by Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking.
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
See all safety measures taken by Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking.
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
See all safety measures taken by Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking.
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.

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  • "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

Reviews

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4,663 Reviews

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Amazing Day
Doreen_T
, Oct 2021
We loved this trip. We chose the hike which had some breath taking views. A little challenging but not too bad :) The ferry ride was really nice to see the coastline. Both Gabriel and Alessandro were amazing guides for the group. Wish we could have stayed longer. Definitely worth doing!!
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Amazing day trip, one of...
Nicole_P
, Oct 2021
Amazing day trip, one of the highlights of my week in Italy! We got a very good impression of the Cinque Terre, the hike was beautiful and we had some spare time to swim in Vernazzo. The guides Alessandro and Chris were very knowledgeable and friendly.
star-5
A Beautiful Tour!
Marissa_P
, Oct 2021
This was by far one of the best tours we’ve ever been on! Alessandro, Gabrielle, and bus driver Antonio made the day so easy and fun. They’re full of useful knowledge, both about the area and about Florence, and made sure we were well-informed along the way. The hike itself was awesome! We’ve done a fair amount of hiking and it was some of the most stunning scenery we’ve seen - pictures don’t do it justice. Our only complaint is that there wasn’t enough time! It was beautiful and we would have loved to spend more hours in the towns. The day flies by and leaves you wanting to come back.
star-5
A perfect day exploring!
Amy_O
, Oct 2021
Cris and Manolo were such great tour guides! They made the trip easy, fun and really informative. They brought us to the best view spots and gave us brief but informative speeches about the history of the area. Cris recommended such a good place for lunch, gelato, and other local treats through each village! I was so impressed that they knew the answer to any question that anyone asked, their breadth of knowledge was incredible. I'd highly recommend them as your guides because they made our day magical and completely unforgettable!
star-5
Absolutely perfect day
Mary_M
, Oct 2021
I can't recommend this day trip enough. It was absolutely one of the most fun and beautiful days we had in Italy. Gabriel and Chris were the BEST. They were knowledgeable and fun, and always kept things moving along in a laid back yet enthusiastic and professional way. Their English is excellent and they're personable and answer any questions with ease. The towns were just as you'd expect- absolutely stunning. The lunch was delicious. The hike was a bit strenuous, but if you're moderately fit it it shouldn't be a problem. Everyone is encouraged to go at their own pace, take lots of pictures, and enjoy it. Those who don't want to do the hike portion can opt out and take a shuttle, no problem. We were lucky the weather cooperated so we were able to take the boat ride- just the cherry on top of a perfect day! I highly recommend spending a day on this wonderful tour of Cinque Terre.
star-5
Superb 1 day excursion!!
Konstantinos_D
, Oct 2021
Absolutely great excursion! (and we were lucky with the weather). The guides Alessandro (we had already done another excursion with him) and Gabriele and the bus driver Antonio were excellent. We really loved the places, great food in Coniglia (especially the sea food). We did not do the hike but opted to go with train to Vernazza and took some amazing pics there. of course with 5 stops it is all too quick, but it gives you a good taste of the place, so if you want to explore it further on your own, you know where to start.
star-5
Beautiful views
Jackie_P
, Oct 2021
We had the best day with two awesome guides! Absolutely recommend this experience! It was a long day but worth the time.
star-5
Wonderful Experience! Great Guides!
Chad_M
, Oct 2021
Manola and Gabrielle were fantastic guides! It was our favorite tour of our entire trip! I would go through Walkabout for all tours out of Florence. Our experience with the other tour company in Florence was not good.
star-5
A wonderful day!
Eric_H
, Oct 2021
This was the easiest way to see the gorgeous Cinque Terra. Chris our guide was personable, insightful and comforting. I did not have to spend any effort on the logistics of this trip, which allowed my attention to be focused on the beauty. With his help I now have an experience with this area which will make me confident to revisit and stay a bit longer. The weather was perfect and encouraged me to take a dip in the Mediterranean waters! I would highly recommend this ambitious trip as a day well spent and a great value as all tickets and passes were included which never left me wondering what I had to do next!
1 traveler found this review helpful
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Florence short break
Joseph_P
, Oct 2021
It was a wonderful trip, highly recommend it. The guides were excellent, very knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions. The towns are beautiful and the views are exceptional. The hike was also great!!!

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