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Cinque Terre National Park Tours

Cinque Terre National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of postcard-worthy landscapes: sweeping sea cliffs dotted with sandy coves, brightly painted villages clinging to steep terraces, and forested plateaus blooming with wildflowers. Stretching some 4,300 acres (1,740 hectares) along northern Italy’s rugged Italian Riviera, the park dazzles visitors with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean coastline.
 
The Basics
The five centuries-old villages comprising Cinque Terre National Park—Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Manarola, and Vernazza—are the main draw for travelers. A well-worn footpath links the towns; some portions of the trail are better maintained than others, but all offer stunning views over the Ligurian Sea. Day tours are the most convenient way to visit the coast, running to the Cinque Terre from La Spezia, Siena, Pisa, San Gimignano, and most commonly, Florence. Most day trips squeeze in all five towns plus a stop in nearby Portovenere, but those who want more time in the Cinque Terre can stay overnight or on a multi-day tour to make the most of outdoor activities—such as hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and paragliding—plus the region’s seafood and warm hospitality.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Cinque Terre can get extremely busy in peak summer season, so book tours and accommodations in advance.
  • Pack sunscreen, a refillable water bottle (drinking fountains are available throughout the park), and comfortable and sturdy walking shoes (the village roads are often steep and uneven).
  • While many hotels and attractions in Cinque Terre National Park are wheelchair and stroller accessible, the villages’ steep and narrow lanes can be challenging for those with mobility issues. 
  • Wi-Fi is available throughout the national park.

How to Get There
Cinque Terre National Park is two hours from Florence by road, an hour from Pisa, and 20 minutes from La Spezia. Parking is limited in the villages, so unless you are staying in Cinque Terre overnight, ditch the car and join a tour or arrive by train. Trains (year-round) and ferries (mid-April through October) connect the five villages, but the best options for exploring the national park are hiking and mountain biking. 
 
When to Get There
Cinque Terre National Park sees the most visitors (especially day-trippers) and the highest temperatures—upwards of 100°F (40°C)—during summer. Hikers should aim to visit in May or September to avoid the heat, while budget-minded might plan around August, when hotel prices rise. Visiting in winter is possible, but some hiking trails may be inaccessible in rainy weather. 

Hiking in Cinque Terre National Park
There are over 75 miles (120 kilometers) of hiking trails in Cinque Terre National Park, some of which were the only connection between the villages and the hinterland for centuries. Today, the most commonly traversed path is the Blue Trail (Sentiero Azzurro), a six-hour coastal trail linking Cinque Terre’s villages and offering spectacular views. For visitors who fancy more of a workout, there are plenty of rugged mountain trails, including the Sciacchetrail, a challenging 29-mile (47-kilometer) route that loops around the entire protected area—and hosts an annual trail-running race.

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Cinque Terre Hiking Day Trip from Florence, Florence, null
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Cinque Terre Hiking Day Trip from Florence

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2956 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $107.43
Cinque Terre Pesto Making Class, Boat Tour and Lunch from La Spezia, Cinque Terre, Day Trips
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Cinque Terre Pesto Making Class, Boat Tour and Lunch from La Spezia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 Reviews

Explore the enchanting villages of the Cinque Terre, experience the alternate perspective and dynamic rugged landscape of the ‘Five Lands’ by boat, where ...  Read more

Location: La Spezia, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $171.88
Cinque Terre and Portovenere Day Trip from Siena, Siena, Day Cruises
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Cinque Terre and Portovenere Day Trip from Siena

4 star rating: Recommended 54 Reviews

Explore the Ligurian coast on a full-day tour of Portovenere and the Cinque Terre from Siena. See a small corner of paradise, traveling along the villages ...  Read more

Location: Siena, Italy
Duration: 14 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $118.17
Cinque Terre Small-Group Tour by Minivan from Pisa, Pisa, Day Trips
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Cinque Terre Small-Group Tour by Minivan from Pisa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

This is truly a wonderful experience, one that you will treasure for life. Discover the five picturesque villages scattered along a beautiful stretch of the ...  Read more

Location: Pisa, Italy
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $171.88
Discover the Best of 5 Terre from Milan in a small group, Milan, Day Trips
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Discover the Best of 5 Terre from Milan in a small group

The suggested walking route, planned and led by our local guide, will give you the best you can expect in a single day while avoiding crowds. You will ...  Read more

Location: Milan, Italy
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $196.95
Paragliding Over the Cinque Terre or Over Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Day Trips
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Paragliding Over the Cinque Terre or Over Tuscany

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Soar above the Cinque Terre or above Tuscany with this tandem paragliding flight from Monterosso with a professional flight instructor. Start on a hill above ...  Read more

Location: La Spezia, Italy
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $167.11
Cinque Terre Guided Tour by Minivan and Boat, Livorno, Parasailing
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Cinque Terre Guided Tour by Minivan and Boat

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Discover the five picturesque villages scattered along a beautiful stretch of the Mediterranean coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will reach the first ...  Read more

Location: Livorno, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.33
Mountain Bike Tour in the Cinque Terre, Cinque Terre, Day Trips
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Mountain Bike Tour in the Cinque Terre

An intense sporty experience with great views for active people who would like to explore the hidden treasures of the Cinque Terre and it's surroundings while ...  Read more

Location: La Spezia, Italy
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $143.23
Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence, Florence, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence

4 star rating: Recommended 59 Reviews

Explore the breathtaking Ligurian coast on a tour of Portovenere and the Cinque Terre, a small corner of paradise subdivided into five villages suspended on ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 12 to 13 hrs

From USD $113.39
Cinque Terre Fullday from Florence, Florence, Day Trips
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Cinque Terre Fullday from Florence

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

You will spend an unforgettable day discovering the most impressive Cinque Terre Ligurian landscapes. In this area, which has been declared World Heritage ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $202.91

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