Cinque Terre Hiking Day Trip from Florence

Duration: 12 hours
Destination: Italy, Toscana, Florence
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  • 12 hours
  • Florence
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  • 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: 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

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
  • Entry/Admission - monterosso railway station

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 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

7:45 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

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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kgdimasuay

Christian, our tour guide, made the trip very fun despite of the rainy weather. He's very knowledgeable and can communicate very well.

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Naomi G

This tour was the best thing we did in Italy. The tour guides Chris and Alessandro were so hospitable and made sure everyone was happy and cared for. Do informative and fun to have hosting.

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plucia1118

Even with some rain this was an amazing tour. Chris, our guide, certainly knew the way to make us all enjoy the day. Lots of fantastic views, an awesome lunch and comfortable transport to and from the region. A MUST DO!

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jennifer.kinney0401

Loved that we saw and learned about the 5 main villages of Chinque Terre. Knowledge, exercise, views, food, and booze all wrapped into one. Plan to do the hike quickly if your able which will give you more time in Vernazza where the gelato and swimming is amazing. It’s possible to do in 45 minutes with a brisk walk, but will be longer if you stop at the bar at the halfway point. We loved this tour so much. Highly recommend. Our tour guide Alessandra was incredible, super friendly, and very knowledgeable. Definitely the best day of our trip. Also helped that the weather was perfect, sun shining but not blazing hot. We wore exercise clothes and sneakers and were very comfortable.

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Louise H

Our guides, Chris and Cris were wonderful. They were knowledgeable about the area and ensured we did the hike at our own pace. I would highly recommend this tour. The views are breathtaking. The lunch at a local restaurant for an extra fee was also well worth it. A great day overall.

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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