Cinque Terre Hiking Day Trip from Florence

Duration: 12 hours
Destination: Italy, Liguria, 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
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Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

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

Inclusions

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.
Departure Point

Piazza della Stazione


Departure Time

7:45 AM


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

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

User's Reviews

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Abaigeal M

This was a wonderful adventure! Our tour guide Olivia was so nice, informative, fun, and helpful! This tour was a great way to explore 5 of the villages of Cinque Terre- the hike was pretty easy, although some areas the path is pretty tight and I can see how it would be a little tricky if the weather wasn't cooperate. Our group had around 25 people and noticed that some of the older couples seemed to be struggling a bit towards the end-but Olivia made sure there were good stopping points where we would gather around and get some interesting information about the village we were in. Additionally, Olivia was a wonderful photographer and was so happy to take some wonderful picture of me and my husband! All and all, very highly recommended- def remember to pack some comfy walking shoes and yoga pants-this is not a walk in the park! Also, we skipped the suggested lunch- picked up some sandwiches and beers at a little cafe and had our lunch on a beautiful beach pier! We were left with enough time after to do a little shopping and get a gelato as well! We also picked up a bottle of the local wine for the bus ride home, which was a very good decision :)

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vinlee20

My family and I (3 adults) booked a trip to Cinque Terre on Mon 6th with Walkabout Tour. We were greatly impressed with the excellent service, guidance and immaculate assistance rendered by our guides Alberto and Gloria. They Ensure everyone of us are comfortable with the pace and able to cope with the terrains. They related and offered many great advices to all of us to better understand and enjoyed our hike, even going out of their way to Ensure that we are able to ask questions relating to recommendations to dining places and other excursion activities. With their excellent services and our great experience, I will definitely strongly recommend my friends to select Walkabout Tours for any hiking and activities!

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Rachel S

Great day visiting Cinque Terre - thoughtfully planned by Walkabout Florence with wonderful tour guide Stefano. Stefano showed great passion for the sites and shared interesting and unique facts as we traveled through Cinque Terre and made such great jokes! Great day!

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Anna G

This was a wonderful but long day. Don’t expect more than an hour at each location but guides give you excellent tips on what to do with your time. Cris and Duna were great guides that kept our large group together effortlessly. They also provided interesting commentary on the bus and during the hike. We had a wonderful time!

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Doris M

The hike was a bit precarious with many loose rocks but it was amazing! Our family had a great time and All Walkabout employees were great. Chris was exceptional and gave us valuable recommendations on the trail and also for further Florence reference such as O'Munacielo in the Oltrarno area, the best meal we had in Florence! Thank you, Chris, and Walkabout!

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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