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Cinque Terre Hiking Trip from Florence

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Take a break from the museums and get outdoors for this unique and memorable experience! Join the only day trip from Florence to take you to all five villages of the Cinque Terre on a stunning cliff-hugging coastal walk.

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Join the only day trip from Florence to take you to all five villages of the Cinque Terre on a stunning cliff-hugging coastal walk. Take a break from the museums and get outdoors for this unique and memorable experience, hiking this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, exploring the only unspoilt survivor of the genuine Italian Riviera.

Led by our knowledgable guides, you will be amazed by the views along these scenic trails as you wander the vineyards and olive groves and along the spectacular coastline.

From Florence, head towards the coast, passing by famous Tuscan towns such as Lucca and the white marble quarries of Carrara on your way to the region of Liguria. Once in the Cinque Terre we begin the first stunning, rugged walk along the steep coastal path towards Corniglia, where we stop, you will have free time to sit in one of the cheerful bars and cafés, or even have a cooling swim in the sea.

After lunch we continue the walk along a challenging but beautiful trail - every step of the climb is worth it! Once in Vernazza, guests have free time to go for a dip in the sea, have gelato or relax with a cold drink in a cafe. You can even visit the old fortress or window shop in this quaint and colorful town, one of the prettiest of the Cinque Terre.

A short train ride to Monterosso gives us more free time to enjoy the beautiful beach, visit the local artisan shops, have a glass of wine or a freshly squeezed Monterosso lemon drink. From here a relaxing boat ride along the coast takes us back to Riomaggiore and our last walk is the famed Via dell'Amore ("Lovers Lane") to Manarola before we get back on the coach to head back to Florence.

These ancient trails are rough but manageable. Be prepared for 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 edge.

Includes

  • Entry tickets to the Cinque Terre National Park

  • Boat ride along the Riviera (weather permitting)

  • Transportation fee

  • English-speaking guide
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Duration: 13 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Entry tickets to the Cinque Terre National Park / Boat ride along the Riviera (weather permitting) / Transportation fee / English-speaking guide

We took this tour just before the tourist season began. This was great since we had less crowds, however the trains run less often so we felt a bit rushed in a few of the villages. The hike was at the beginning and was beautiful. The trail is narrow at points with no rails, but that didn't bother us. Much of the trail was downhill and we were free to go at our own pace. The guides were friendly and shared information about the towns we drove through on the way there. They also helped facilitate the train rides in each village and made sure we made it on board. Overall this was a really great trip, with a good mix of nature, gelato, and shopping.

Michelle

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Schedule

  • 07:40

    Meet Your Local Guide at Santa Maria Novella Train Station

  • 08:00

    Departure from Florence to Cinque Terre

  • Manarola Village

    Travel to Cinque Terre village of Manarola and enter the National Park for an exciting hike to the village of Corniglia.

  • Corniglia Village

    Climb up at the cliff top of Corniglia village and marvel at the scenic view of the sea and surrounding hillside. Enjoy some fee time at the top to take in the magnificent views.

  • Vernazza Village

    Proceed to the village of Vernazza, a charming fishing village. You will have a leisure time to sit in one of the cafés or swim in the sea.

  • Monterosso Village

    Ride on a short train to Monterosso, a village known for its spectacular beach and artisan shops. You have free time to taste some local wine, swim in the sea or buy souvenirs.

  • Riomaggiore Village

    Visit Riomaggiore via a boat ride (weather permitting) and walk along the famous path of Via dell'Amore, “Lover's Lane”, a walkway hanging above the sea which take us back to Manarola.

  • 20:30

    Return to Florence by Coach

  • (For Check-In) Santa Maria Novella Train Station (Santa Maria Novella, Firenze, FI, Italia) Time: 07:40:00

  • (For Check-Out) Santa Maria Novella Train Station (Santa Maria Novella Train Station) Time: 20:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Santa Maria Novella Train Station (Santa Maria Novella, Firenze, FI, Italia) Time: 07:40:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Santa Maria Novella Train Station (Santa Maria Novella Train Station) Time: 20:30:00

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • Because of the nature of the hike, this tour is not suitable for small children or anyone with walking difficulties. You must be of average fitness and able to keep up with the rest of the group.

  • Children 12 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Walking shoes

  • No flip-flops

Additional Note(s)
  • In case of unexpected closure of the paths for unforeseen events, alternative routes will be taken instead.

  • This activity operates regardless of weather.

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Reviews

We took this tour just before the tourist season began. This was great since we had less crowds, however the trains run less often... so we felt a bit rushed in a few of the villages. The hike was at the beginning and was beautiful. The trail is narrow at points with no rails, but that didn't bother us. Much of the trail was downhill and we were free to go at our own pace. The guides were friendly and shared information about the towns we drove through on the way there. They also helped facilitate the train rides in each village and made sure we made it on board. Overall this was a really great trip, with a good mix of nature, gelato, and shopping. more

Michelle

I loved the hike (the rain did actually not matter as much). All the information was given in detail before; shoes, level of hik...e, who it was suited for etc and that was helpful. I found that the hike had the perfect length and not to hard: it really was for the avarage person wanting to enjoy the beautiful scenary. The guides were great too, always in a good mood and eager to help out wiht any questions and also giving a lot of historical facts during the ride there as well as during the day, which I really liked, more

Maria Sandberg

Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made between 7 business days (18:00:00 local time) to 3 business days (18:00:00 local time) prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 20% of the total amount.

  • Any cancellations made within 3 business days of your activity (after 18:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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