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Experience the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre in one day with a guided hike 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. This day trip to Cinque Terre from Florence includes transportation by coach, train and boat.
  • Hiking 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
  • 40-minute boat ride along the Riviera (weather permitting)
  • Take a swim in the clear, blue water at Vernazza or Monterosso
  • Transport from Florence to Cinque Terre by air-conditioned coach
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.

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.

Please note: The walking route covers roughly 3.4 miles (5.5km) on trails that include rough stone steps, direct tracks and paved sidewalks. The longest portion of the trek lasts 2.5 miles (4km) along a series of steps and takes a person of good fitness around 1.5 hours to complete.


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, Nov 2018

We enjoyed our tour very much. The trip was organized well and our tour guide, Martina, was excellent. We a large group and she did a great job to make sure everyone was accounted for and accommodated all day. We highly recommend this tour for those who want to see this great area and can handle a moderately challenging hike.

, Oct 2018

Stefano was kind, caring and funny! Everything was well organized. Our group was a lot of fun and the hike was really awesome. Wear proper clothes!

, Oct 2018

Great tour, would do it again! Our tour guides Gloria and La Vina were excellent guides, they were very knowledgeable and funny. The first town of Riomaggiore was crowded and only briefly visited, I would recommend skipping Riomaggiore and going directly to Corniglia to give more time to enjoy lunch before hiking. Moderate hiking, make sure your able to easily hike 10miles before doing this tour.

, Oct 2018

Our guides Gloria and Lavinia were really exceptional guides. They did an amazing job of keeping track of everyone and providing clear details at all times. The groups are huge and the crowds are overwhelming. However, a lot of people don't do the hike so it's quiet on the trail. Make sure you dress appropriately in hiking clothes and enjoy the spectacular views. Be sure to take advantage of any available toilets as they are in short supply.

, Oct 2018

This tour was fantastic and our guide, Stefano, was super fun and very knowledgeable! We boarded the bus at the Santa Maria Novella train station and headed to La Spezia, where we boarded the train to Cinque Terre National Park. Between train rides, a boat ride and great hiking, we saw the towns of Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. We enjoyed a delicious lunch in Corniglia, which included a pesto pasta dish, as this region is the birthplace of pesto! The hike can be challenging, so make sure you have a good pair of shoes with tread... and a bottle of water! I highly recommend this tour!

, Oct 2018

This was the best tour I have ever taken! You have to be down to sweat and walk a lot, since it is a hiking tour, but that is exactly what I was looking for! (They also have other options for people who are unable to do the hiking or stairs). You get to see ALL 5 lands in one day and hike from one to the other and see some pretty awesome views. The tour guides Chris and Belen were also awesome and kept you entertained. The tour guides really knew their stuff and had great recommendations in each town! Would recommend to anyone!!

, Oct 2018

Having done a lot of research, this is basically the only tour that takes you to all five of the Cinque Terre villages. Although the tour guides provided alternatives if you did not want to do the hike, you really should if you are physically capable the views are spectacular. Our guides, Gloria and Alessandro, were exceptional the tour was really well organized and ran smoothly--one of the guides hopped off the bus to make sure our tickets were ready when we arrived at the train station, etc. They gave good recommendations about what to do in each village, etc. It is a big bus tour with around 50 people, but you are split in half and a good mix of walking around together and independent time.

, Oct 2018

Sara with Walk About tours was our guide for the day. very well organized and informative. we lucked out with the weather and enjoyed a strenuous hike between towns and a relaxing sunset ferry along all 5 towns. our only regret was that we wished we could have stayed longer, perhaps overnight, in one of the towns...maybe next time!

, Oct 2018

Whant a unique experience! The hike was a bit more than we had expected, but the pay off was priceless. I was amazed with how well our guide, Lavi, kept everyone informed and together. She was such a delight and you could tell that she not onlyloved her job but enjoyed interacting with people too.

, Oct 2018

This is a great tour and my wife and I were able to experience the 5 coastal villages in Cinque Terre in one day. Our tour was lead by 2 amazing guides, Martina and Sara. We had a group of around 40 people which got split into 2 to make things a little easier to manage, we ended up in Martina's group. She was very knowledgeable and very clear on what we can expect and what there was to do in each village. Because some parts of the tour required a little more physical activity Martina was clear on the difficulty and people had an alternative to get to the next town to meet up with the group. The lunch was great and worth it, will help you fuel up before going on the main hike. If you like to hike the trail is amazing and provides you with amazing views of the ocean and the towns. When we reached the last town we took a ferry back to the first town which allowed us to see all the villages from the ocean and to see how beautiful they are from the sea. This is a full day tour and well worth it, we would like to thank Martina and Sara for making this tour so enjoyable, we will use Walkabout Tours again when we come back to Florence.

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