Cinque Terre Day Trip From Florence With Optional Hiking

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  • Duration: 13 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    7:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Piazza della Stazione, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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 unspoiled survivor of the genuine Italian Riviera with this 12-hour tour from Florence

Highlights

  • All-inclusive tour
  • Excellent value for money

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Itinerary -

This is a typical itinerary for this Cinque Terre Hiking Day Trip -

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 handrails or safety rails when steps are steep or when the path is close to the cliff edge. Because of the nature of the hike, it is not for 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, colorful houses known as Genovese tower houses arranged in rows connected by alleys, arches, and steps provided a defense against pirates.

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. 

The castle which protected the town from pirates is now a private home, you can see the garden from the panoramic walk as 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. 

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 meters above sea level. The name derives from the huge spur of rock on which the village sits. The population of about only 200. San Pietro church from the fourteenth century on the site of an eleventh-century chapel is a must-visit. 

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 defenses built by the Genovese in the thirteenth century such as traces of the old walls, ramparts, and the lookout tower.

Duration: 1 hour

Inclusions

A fun and professional guide

Time to explore the Cinque Terre villages on foot

Transport between Florence and Cinque Terre by coach plus all other transport for the day

Exclusions

Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Minimum age is 12 years.

Confirmation will be received at the time of booking

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.

If you want to swim during free time, please carry your own towel and swimwear.

Suitable walking shoes required no flip-flops. Suggestions: walking boots or sneakers, closed-toe shoes with non-slip soles.

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.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 04-Dec-2019

    Our tour guide Christian did an amazing job of keeping everything on schedule so we could not only visit all five towns in one day, but also make a beautiful (and tiring!) inter-village hike. If you can handle the steep walking, I'd highly recommend this tour that gave us a taste of all the stops, and a unique opportunity to take pictures from the hike that looked like they came off a postcard. Thanks to Christian specifically, who was highly energetic and well organized.

  • 02-Dec-2019

    My favorite moment while it Italy. You get to see a different side of Cinque Terre than just taking the train through the towns. Def book this experience. Its worth it1

  • 25-Nov-2019

    We really enjoyed our day hike with Alessandro. He did an excellent job showing us all the sights and answering any and all questions we had and his English was great so nothing seemed to be lost in translation.

    The tour was well organized and we definitely got in a lot of walking (~10 miles). I'd say the hike portion was less of a hike and more a 3 mile walk along a 3ft wide gravel trail. About 1/2 is uphill and the other 1/2 downhill. It was raining on/off that day, so parts were slippery (especially some stairs), but there wasn't any exposure so we weren't concerned. If you happen to be a trail runner/extreme athlete, I'm sure you can still enjoy this tour and maybe you're guide can point you to the trail that goes to the town on the top of the mountain instead :)

    I'd highly recommend the tour! The views along the trail were spectacular and it really gave you a great feel for the different towns and how they interacted before the train was put in. It was fascinating to see all the houses built right into the hillside and all the terraces for the farming. Each town was slightly different from the others with unique character and style.

  • 25-Nov-2019

    A perfect hiking tour despite heavy rainshowers. Our guide, Alessandro, was so good and told us everything worth knowing about CT. If in Florens, dont miss this tour.

  • 19-Nov-2019

    Cris was a great guide. We learned a little about each city before we were able to roam freely for a short time before embarking to the next town. Between 2 of the towns, we ate lunch, order the one they offer on the tour, it was delicious! The town of Vernaza (I believe) is very small, so not a lot of restaurants to choose from, but the one the tour teams with was fabulous! From there we hiked approximately 1 hour up and down the hills and rocky paths to the next town. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes. Bring rain gear (jacket or umbrella) if there is any chance of rain as it gets quite wet. The towns were great, the tour guides excellent! Definitely recommend.

  • 11-Nov-2019

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

  • 28-Oct-2019

    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.

  • 28-Oct-2019

    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!

  • 28-Oct-2019

    This is a VERY FULL day. The hike is challenging, only because the pathways are very uneven. Sometimes, you're too concerned with where your feet are going to look at the view! Stop and look up! The guides did a fantastic job keeping the group together - there's lots of moving parts to this trip - and kept humour going all day. Great way to explore Cinque Terre.

  • 25-Oct-2019

    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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