Cinque Terre Hiking Day Trip from Florence

Duration: 12 hours
Destination: Italy, Liguria, Florence

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  • 12 hours
  • Florence
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  • Cancellable


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.


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Stop At: Cinque Terre Trails, Cinque Terre, Italian Riviera, Liguria

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, Cinque Terre, Italian Riviera, Liguria

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, Cinque Terre, Italian Riviera, Liguria

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, Cinque Terre, Italian Riviera, Liguria

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: Vernazza, Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italian Riviera, Liguria

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


  • 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.
Departure Point

Piazza della Stazione

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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


12 hours

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.

User's Reviews

Image - 23 Apr 2019 -

Sandra Q

It is with great pleasure and a joy in my heart that I recommend the hike, the food, the views to anyone wanting to know more about the beauty of Italy.

Image - 15 Apr 2019 -


What a great day we had on this tour. Our guides Gloria and Cris were excellent. They are extremely knowledgeable about the area and made moving from village to village a breeze. This was the highlight of our trip. If you have a chance to go, don’t miss it!

Image - 28 Mar 2019 -

Mahmoud F

We went me and my wife for this trip, and our tour guides were Chris and Cris and they were awesome!! Very friendly, talkative and energetic. The view was awesome and the hiking was very nice average 1 hour and half, if you scare of hight you might be a little nervous but trust me it worths every second. There is one city that we had the lunch at as per the recommendations of our tour guides (15€) each and it was nice. I recommend this trip :)

Image - 19 Mar 2019 -

Brian W

A wonderful bright sunny day at Cinque Terre. As I learned, if it is not the busy summer months, a must way to see the area, and that is doing the walking hike at its beginning. Our guide, Alessandro, was simply in a word, wonderful. A young man that loves history, history and art was his concentration during his schooling years. This young man spoke five languages, had a great sense of humor, communicated so well, and was so knowledgeable about history, the history of Italy, and all parts of the world actually. Loved his insights about World War II, specifically about La Spezia, and it being a naval stronghold. His insights and knowledge just made the trip even more enriching. Meeting the group was perfect, on time in Florence, the bus ride enjoyable through La Spezia ending at our beginning point, Volastra. From Volastra we walked high on the hills above the coast, among the steep vineyards and olive trees, with periodic stops to hear Alessandro's insights. It was almost a 3 mile trek to Corniglia. Nothing too difficult physically the trek down the hill to Corniglia was great, a down hill stretch for sure, but for someone who likes outdoors and physical activity, it was great, and all in our group made it no problems at all. Alessandro had a pre arranged lunch set for those that wanted to join him and a great restaurant with great views of the water, where we had a two course meal, second to none, great seafood caught right off the coast, great pesto pasta. The way to see the area is the view you get from these higher trail perches. From there, the train to Vernazza, then to Monterossa al Mare, back to Manarolo (would have taken a boat to Manarolo, but currents were not right that day). All the time, Alessandro keeping us on time, always keeping track of all 29 in the group that day, all the while providing great historical background. The trip itself was tremendous, those fortunate to get Alessandro for a guide, it would be a triple bonus. We arrived safely back to Florence, on time that evening.

Image - 07 Jan 2019 -


This tour was worth every minute and was absolutely amazing! It was nice to have the day planned for us and we didn't need to think about a thing. Our tour guide, Chris, deserves a special shout out as he made our trip extra special with his running commentary! We were forewarned that it might be a cold and/or rainy day in December, but the weather ended up being sunny and in the 60s. PERFECT weather for a hike! What is CRITICAL for this rour is really comfy hiking shoes. I think I did 22,000 steps that day!

User's Picture Gallery


@ Riomaggiore, the last stop

Finally at Riomaggiore...


@ Manarola

The start of the simple hike.


Riomaggiore Cinque Terre

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


The stick ladies

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


Having fun at Cinque Terre

Us on the dock of the bay


Our Guides

Our tour guides Stefano and Sandra


Wine tasting in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

Amazing wine tasting included in the tour.


Cinque Terre Hiking Trip

Vacationers enjoying the Sun


Great Picture - Cinque Terre, Italy

My friend and I striking a pose.


Cinque Terre July 2010

Cinque Terre tour through Viator


Cinque Terre

View of one of the towns of Cinque Terre


Great views

The villages were amazing.


Hiking in Cinque Terre

Surrounded by flowers!


Hiking from Corniglia to Vernazza

Hiking from Corniglia to Vernazza









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


View of Riomaggiore from the shuttle boat.


Outdoor decorations at a home near Vernazza.


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