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Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking

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icon13 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Experience the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre in one day with a guided tour through the five idyllic fishing villages of old-world Italy. Following the walking trails along the cliffs of the national park, you will see glorious views of this unspoiled stretch of the Italian Riviera. Check out the highlights and learn about the area as you complete a 3.4-mile (5.5-km) route with your guide. If you choose the tour option without hiking, the train will be used instead to move between villages.
  • Guided trip to Cinque Terre from Florence
  • Spectacular coastal views along the Cinque Terre
  • Soak up the old-world atmosphere as you explore Cinque Terre villages on foot
  • Visit areas inaccessible by car with a guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, this active tour lets you explore unspoiled Italian Riviera landscapes by foot.
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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

Departure Point

Piazza della Stazione, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Your guide will be holding a WALKABOUT sign, right by the taxi stand, just outside Santa Maria Novella train station

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your journey from Florence to the Cinque Terre starts by coach, where you can relax as your guide shares stories about the area. You'll hear tales about the Tuscan city of Lucca and its famous resident Puccini, before learning about the Cinque Terre and its five fishing villages—Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Monterosso and Riomaggiore—that form the national park.

After a short, two-hour drive, you'll begin your hike through the Cinque Terre on the hills above Manarola. With your guide to help lead you, you'll follow a scenic trail to Corniglia, which culminates in a steep climb of some 382 steps. Note: This charming region is natural and untouched, so there are no hand rails or safety rails, and paths often cut close to the cliff's edge. (if you choose the tour option without hiking, the train will be used instead to move between villages).

Once in Corniglia, you'll enjoy some free time where you can relax and refuel with these spectacular views, before continuing your journey with a hike to Vernazza, where you'll pass terraces of olive groves and colorful bars and cafes. Take a dip in the bay before heading to Monterosso by train, where you'll have free time to explore the beaches, wine shops and artisan goods famous to the village.

The final portion of your journey will include a boat ride (or train ride, depending on weather) to Riomaggiore, a village known for its candy-colored houses, as well as a final hike back to Manarola. Your day trip from Florence to the Cinque Terre ends with a coach ride back to the city.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Walkabout Tour Pick Up
Check-in and departure point
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Borgo Storico di Manarola
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 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Borgo Storico di Corniglia
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 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cinque Terre Trails
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 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vernazza
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 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Borgo Antico
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 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Spiaggia di Fegina
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 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
monterosso railway station
Boat Ride (weather permitting)
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Borgo Storico di Riomaggiore
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 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Stazione La Spezia Centrale
Coach transfer back to Florence
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • Suitable walking shoes are mandatory for those doing the hiking – 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 for those doing the hiking
  • A large amount of walking is involved for those doing the hiking. 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 8 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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Walkabout

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

  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

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Cinque Terra visit not to be missed.
Dcassedy
, Sep 2021
The outing totally exceeded my expectations. Amazing day excursion to experience from Florence. The guides Mano and Gabriel were excellent and so accommodating. They gave us great background on the villages and the scenery along our drive from Florence. It was a warm day and the hike kept us huffing but so worth it to experience the coastal vistas.
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Great weather and beautiful views
Caroline_A
, Sep 2021
This tour is a great way to see all 5 towns if you only have a day. Gabriele and Manolo were great guides and had lots of tips to see the best sights of each town. We chose the hike and the trail was great and had amazing views.
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Great break from the big city
Bryan_S
, Sep 2021
The Cinque Terre Day trip was such an amazing trip. The tour guides had a great blend of knowledge and also shared their own personal stories of the area. Great way to experience the charm of the area, with the guides giving you suggested things to do but also the ability to chart your own path. Definitely recommend this tour for anyone who can take it.
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Best part of our trip to Italy!
Amanda_H
, Sep 2021
Of all the things we did during our 10-day trip to Italy, this was our favorite. Everything about it was awesome. We met Chris and Manolo at the train station in Florence and hopped on a sweet double-decker bus for the ride to Cinque Terre. While we traveled, they introduced themselves and gave us great info about the cities and towns we were passing (along with recommendations for what to do if we wanted to visit them on another day). They also split us into two smaller groups so that we'd have a more personalized experience, and we were in Chris' group. Chris was very knowledgeable, funny, and clear regarding directions to meeting points and times. It made the entire trip relaxing even though we did a lot. We opted to hike, and it was awesome! The views were incredible, and the lemonade slushi at the halfway point was the perfect refresher. Taking a dip in the Mediterranean after the hike was something we'll never forget. As we toured the five towns, and Chris shared history and other tidbits about each one when we arrived. For lunch, we chose to eat with Chris and Manolo as part of the group, and this meal did not disappoint. The pesto was amazing, and the views from the restaurant were breathtaking. I could not recommend this tour more. If you're thinking about it, BOOK IT! It's worth every penny.
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Ale and Chris, best tourist guides
Maria_F
, Sep 2021
Beautiful tour. The energy of the guides is amazing and 80 % of your good experience. Pro: very organized, nobody left behind. Cons: the lunch is awful and expensive. Do not get it! When you go to Riomaggiore, don’t go to the fried calamari restaurant, the owner is a jerk. He made fun of my English and mistreated a nice American couple. The fried calamari are subpar and he believes bc he is Italian, he is the best. The tour is excellent! The extras, not worthy.
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Amazing Tour
Bev
, Sep 2021
OMG what an awesome tour! The hike was definitely difficult but worth it for the view. Gabriele was an excellent tour guide and he did an amazing job keeping track of all 27 of us between trains, the bus, the boat , the hike and all of the towns. I highly recommend to anyone to take this tour as it would be difficult to do all that we did by yourself for your first time there.
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5 Stars All Around
Morgan_C
, Sep 2021
This was an amazing full day trip from Florence, highly recommend to anyone wanting to see this area. Guides were amazing, thank you Chris! It’s a full day so rest up before but the guides give you great information throughout and keep you entertained during the drive. Once you arrive, they give you lots of options in each area and let you make each stop what you want which is nice. The hike is worth the views!
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Great experience
Estefania
, Sep 2021
The tour was great, you get to see awesome and beautiful places. Chris, our guide, was awesome, he really connects with the group and has a lot of interesting facts to share!
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The best Cinque Terre in a day tour option by far.
Matt_W
, Sep 2021
First thing you need to know is that this tour is a LONG day and you should be aware of that. Having said that, this tour was AMAZING. Absolutely your best option out of the few day trips to Cinque Terre being offered on Viator. I did the research on all of them and this is the best. If you are on the fence, don't be. There is a reason this tour is highly rated compared to the others. This tour company knows what they are doing and cares about you and making your experience the best it can be. We also used this company for their Tuscany in a Day Tour which was equally amazing. We chose the non hiking version but always had the option to join the hike it we wanted. The hike part was only between 2 towns and not all of them so don’t expect to hike them all, that would take far to long to do in one day realistically. You get a hike preview in Corniglia when you hike up a lot of stairs. To stat, there was about 1.5 hour bus trip to La Spezia from Florence train station where you will catch the train to Manarola, the first town stop. You have time to explore a bit and take photos before you move to the next town on the train. Manarola was beautiful and one of my favorites. Next we stopped at Corniglia. This is the only town up on a cliff. You had the option to climb the stairs to the town or to take a shuttle from the station to the top. Be warned that the shuttle is a small "bus" with limited seats and mostly standing. It was hot and uncomfortable, especially in the COVID times but if you don't want to climb the stairs this is the only option. At the top, if you chose the lunch option with the tour (we did not) you will go to a restaurant with a great view over the water. We were able to explore Corniglia and find a restaurant for lunch. There are lots of little bars where you can get a drink and some food. We chose a place in the little town square but I would recommend not eating in the restaurants in the square. There are much better options before and past the square. Do some checking on google maps before you get there so you don't run out of time. The hiking group hiked between Corniglia and Vernazza. We did not do this and took the train. Because of this we had much more time to walk around Vernazza. In my opinion, Vernazza was the most touristy of the towns. It was very pretty but it was still crowed. We had time to sit down by the “harbor” and enjoy the sun and watch the swimmers. Next, we went to Monterosso. This was a really pleasant little town with good shops and room to breath. We had a little more than 1 hour here which was perfect amount of time. From Monterosso, we caught the ferry boat back to Riomaggiore where we had a short while to take few phots and grab some quick souvenirs. The Ferry was great as we got to see all 5 towns from the water. It was a little far out to take great photos with your phone but if you have a better camera with a lens you will do great. This was getting later in the day, and we had to catch the train back to La Spezia to get the bus back to Florence. On the way back we were able to see the mountains where Carrara Marble comes from as we passed by on the highway. Pretty cool. The tour started about 7:30 am and ended around 9pm so it is a full day for sure but it was so worth it. It took the hassle out of getting to Cinque Terre from Florence and back and navigating between the towns on the train. Sometimes it’s just nice to have someone else worry about the logistics. Our tour guide was truly awesome considering he had to keep track of both groups (hiking and non hiking) and keep everyone on time but also give us the time and freedom to explore. He was also full of great information and always was looking out for you to be having the best time., Don't hesitate to book this one if you want to see Cinque Terre from Florence and only have 1 day to do it. Make sure to give yourself a leisure day the day after to recover and relax. You will deserve it. Walkabout Tours is a great company and I think other tour operators could learn a lot from them on how to conduct quality tours.
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Stunning
David_G
, Sep 2021
Awesome. Highlight of our trip so far. The views are truly breath taking. Definitely recommend getting something to eat before and maybe packing snacks. Also pack a bathing suit and towel if you want to take a dip in one of the towns.
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