Cinque Terre Hiking Day Trip from Florence

Duration: 12 hours
Destination: Italy, Toscana, Florence
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  • 12 hours
  • Florence
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Join the only tour that takes you to the Cinque Terre on a one-day hiking trip from Florence. Hiking is the only way to truly experience the magic of the Cinque Terre. Take a break from the bustle of the city and hike this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. It's a unique and memorable experience, exploring the only unspoilt survivor of the genuine Italian Riviera.

Highlights

  • All-inclusive tour
  • Excellent value for money
  • Instant Confirmation

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Cinque Terre Trails, Riomaggiore to Monterroso Italy

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

Stop At: Borgo Storico di Riomaggiore, Riomaggiore Italy

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

Stop At: Borgo Storico di Manarola, Manarola Italy

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

Stop At: Borgo Storico di Corniglia, Corniglia Italy

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

Stop At: 19018 Vernazza Italy

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

Inclusions
  • 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

Exclusions
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • Suitable walking shoes required – 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
  • A large amount of walking is involved. 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 12 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
  • Because of the nature of the hike, we are unable to accept small children or anyone with walking difficulties.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Departure Point

Piazza della Stazione, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

12 hours

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

User's Reviews

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Gregory G

There were a lot of moving parts to this: trains, busses, ferries, and walking and it all went off without a hitch. Wear good shoes and bring a water bottle as well as a camera.

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Christine R

Really enjoyed this tour. Yes, it is long, but it's great you can see all 5 towns in one day. What stood out was how flexible this tour was - for those who got to cinque Terre and realized they didnt want to hike, the guides gave them other options. Also, I was relieved that we could hike at our own pace and meet back up at a specific time versus having to hike as a group. The guides were super knowledgable and kind, and they made the day super enjoyable. Come with energy and itll be fantastic!

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Orabi A

We spend the day hiking through all 5 towns of Cinque Terre. Fantastic way to explore, discover and appreciate the beauty of Cinque Terre. Be prepared to hike a lot and climb/descend many steps (my fitbit registered 20,000+ steps!). Our tour guides (Alessandro and Alejandra) were knowledgeable, organized and accomodating throughout the entire day. The pace was just right and reassured the group that if you needed a break or wanted to opt out of certain stages of the tour, we certainly could. We had a nice light but tasty lunch at Cecio Restaurante in Corniglia which is perfect amount in the middle of our long hike (not too heavy!). If you are in decent shape and are prepared for a lot of exercise, this is definitely the tour to do!

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Malisa Payne

I can't say enough great things about Walkabout (the tour company that does this particular tour) we choose two tours on La Vacanza Travel that were the highest rated and they both happened to be with Walkabout for good reason bc they are the best (really). We rode in a fancy air conditioned bus to Cinque Terre while our tour guide taught us about the regions we passed through (amazingly knowledgeable). Sarah and Dario were great. They are very educated, warm, friendly, fun, and helpful. I can't say enough great things about this tour. It was breathtakingly beautiful and our tour guides were amazing. I will only book with Walkabout when I return to the Florence area. Loved it!

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jaclyn.hugh

Dario and Chris were awesome guides! They were both very funny and informative and we loved this tour. We felt that time on some of the islands was a little short (40-50 min), but overall it was a great experience and value. Definitely recommend!

User's Picture Gallery

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@ Riomaggiore, the last stop

Finally at Riomaggiore...

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@ Manarola

The start of the simple hike.

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Riomaggiore Cinque Terre

with my wife, enjoying the last stop Riomaggiore of the Cinque Terre Hiking Day Trip

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The stick ladies

The walking sticks were a bonus, great for hiking like this. Joked about selling them but glad we kept.

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Having fun at Cinque Terre

Us on the dock of the bay

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Our Guides

Our tour guides Stefano and Sandra

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Wine tasting in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

Amazing wine tasting included in the tour.

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Cinque Terre Hiking Trip

Vacationers enjoying the Sun

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Great Picture - Cinque Terre, Italy

My friend and I striking a pose.

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Cinque Terre July 2010

Cinque Terre tour through Viator

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Cinque Terre

View of one of the towns of Cinque Terre

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Great views

The villages were amazing.

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Hiking in Cinque Terre

Surrounded by flowers!

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Hiking from Corniglia to Vernazza

Hiking from Corniglia to Vernazza

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Hiking along the Cinque Terre Trail. Note: it's not all level like this.

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View of Riomaggiore from the shuttle boat.

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Outdoor decorations at a home near Vernazza.

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