Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with optional Hiking

Duration: 12 hours
Destination: Italy, Toscana, Florence

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  • 12 hours
  • Florence
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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.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Walkabout Tour Pick Up, Taxi stand just outside train station, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Check-in and departure point

Duration: 15 minutes

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: 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: 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

Stop At: Borgo Antico, Via Roma, 19016 Monterosso al Mare Italy

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

Stop At: Spiaggia di Fegina, via Fegina, Monterosso al Mare Italy

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

Stop At: monterosso railway station, Italy, 19016 Monterosso al Mare SP, Italy

Boat Ride (weather permitting)

Duration: 40 minutes

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

Pass By: Stazione La Spezia Centrale, Piazzale Medaglie D'oro Al Valor Militare, 19122, La Spezia Italy

Coach transfer back to Florence

  • 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
  • Entry/Admission - monterosso railway station

  • 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 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Departure Point

Piazza della Stazione, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Departure Time

7:30 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

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

User's Reviews

Peter B

04 Dec, 2019

Our tour guide Christian did an amazing job of keeping everything on schedule so we could not only visit all five towns in one day, but also make a beautiful (and tiring!) inter-village hike. If you can handle the steep walking, I'd highly recommend this tour that gave us a taste of all the stops, and a unique opportunity to take pictures from the hike that looked like they came off a postcard. Thanks to Christian specifically, who was highly energetic and well organized.


02 Dec, 2019

My favorite moment while it Italy. You get to see a different side of Cinque Terre than just taking the train through the towns. Def book this experience. Its worth it1

Marc K

25 Nov, 2019

We really enjoyed our day hike with Alessandro. He did an excellent job showing us all the sights and answering any and all questions we had and his English was great so nothing seemed to be lost in translation.

The tour was well organized and we definitely got in a lot of walking (~10 miles). I'd say the hike portion was less of a hike and more a 3 mile walk along a 3ft wide gravel trail. About 1/2 is uphill and the other 1/2 downhill. It was raining on/off that day, so parts were slippery (especially some stairs), but there wasn't any exposure so we weren't concerned. If you happen to be a trail runner/extreme athlete, I'm sure you can still enjoy this tour and maybe you're guide can point you to the trail that goes to the town on the top of the mountain instead :)

I'd highly recommend the tour! The views along the trail were spectacular and it really gave you a great feel for the different towns and how they interacted before the train was put in. It was fascinating to see all the houses built right into the hillside and all the terraces for the farming. Each town was slightly different from the others with unique character and style.

Christer J

25 Nov, 2019

A perfect hiking tour despite heavy rainshowers. Our guide, Alessandro, was so good and told us everything worth knowing about CT. If in Florens, dont miss this tour.


19 Nov, 2019

Cris was a great guide. We learned a little about each city before we were able to roam freely for a short time before embarking to the next town. Between 2 of the towns, we ate lunch, order the one they offer on the tour, it was delicious! The town of Vernaza (I believe) is very small, so not a lot of restaurants to choose from, but the one the tour teams with was fabulous! From there we hiked approximately 1 hour up and down the hills and rocky paths to the next town. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes. Bring rain gear (jacket or umbrella) if there is any chance of rain as it gets quite wet. The towns were great, the tour guides excellent! Definitely recommend.

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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