Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking

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  • Duration: 13 hours (approx.)
  • Location: Firenze, Italy
  • Product code: 5070CINQUE
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Adult (Age : 18 to 99)

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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, 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


  • 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 (end March to end October only - weather permitting)
  • Time to explore the Cinque Terre villages on foot
  • Entry/Admission - Monterosso railway station


Schedule Details

Departure Dates:

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Departure Point:

Piazza della Stazione, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Departure time

07:30 AM


13 hours(approx.)

Return details

Returns to original departure point

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Additional Information

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

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

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

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Posted By : GoPlaces697574
The Cinque Terre tour was a wonderful day. The five towns are beautiful along the coastline. Our guides Davide, Marco and Emma were fun, professional and knowledgeable!! It is a long day from Florence - you start at 730am and arrive back at 9pm. My family and I despite being tired from the day felt it was worth the trip!! Great tour - I highly recommend it.
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Posted On : 2023-03-25

Posted By : Kristin_C
Lunch was fantastic. Loved the hike between the village where we ate and Vernazzo. Guide could stop hiking every now and then to let hikers take pictures of those awe- inspiring views. In my opinion, you can completely skip the last village… complete waste of time. Tour, as a whole, would be a 4.5 or 5 if it was a bit shorter by skipping the fifth village (sorry Monterosso). Guides David and Stephane were fantastic!!!
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Posted On : 2023-03-24

Posted By : Nancy_P
Our first time to this spectacular part of Italy….breath-taking place, hike was unplanned, strenuous (I’m 70)but so great(my husband did not go), lunch on our own was excellent, cute shops, great gelato, a spontaneous wine tasting with an Aussie couple in our fun tour group, awesome guides (informative & so cheerful). Sad that the Boat didn't go. Sun would have been a bonus but clouds & a little drizzle was what we got😁. Will have to come back🤗
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Posted On : 2023-03-24

Posted By : Gregory_B
Beautiful day, strenuous hike, our guides, Emma, Davido and Jonas were terrific…informative, funny and professional. We had a nice lunch, toured gorgeous towns, enjoyed the views, the water and made several new friends. Several people were solo travelers and we hung out.
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Posted On : 2023-03-24

Posted By : Amanda_H
A fabulous day visiting Cinque Terre National Park. Guides Alessandro, Antonio & Stefan?? were fantastic, herding is to the right place on time and making sure we got everything we wanted out of the day. Lovely lunch at Corniglia which was needed after the stair climb! Fabulous views, fantastic weather, what’s not to like! This is a quick taster of the towns, perfect for identifying the ones you’d like to explore in more detail.
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Posted On : 2023-03-23

Posted By : NinaC61
Everything went to schedule. Our tour guide was great and informative. The villages were colourful although some a little hilly. Lunch was light but tasty. Fish starter followed by pasta. It was a very long day starting at 7.30 from the meeting point and returned at 21.00. Well worth the visit though.
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Posted On : 2023-03-23

Posted By : Andrea_B
A fantastic tour! What a beautiful place and we got to enjoy each of the 5 villages. This was amazing. My feet were killing me by the end, but well worth it.
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Posted On : 2023-03-23

Posted By : Matt_W
Best day of our Italian getaway was this day...While the hiking was quite a bit harder than I expected (i thought I was in better shape), the views and pictures were absolutely amazing. Even my teen girls talked about the hike and villages for the rest of the trip. Absolutely a great use of our day and Stefano and David were absolutely amazing guides!!
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Posted On : 2023-03-22

Posted By : Bolanle_E
The entire trip was magical. Our guide Geneva was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, pleasant, patient, welcoming and helpful. Loved every second of the trip
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Posted On : 2023-03-21

Posted By : Claudia_H
Great tour guides, good mix between a very ambitious program for a day trip of this scale and giving us plenty of time. Never felt rushed and the tour team made us feel relaxed. Well done, highly recommended
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Posted On : 2023-03-21