“The guides, Freddy and Gloria, were amazing: funny, friendly and supportive! This is a tour not to be missed with gorgeous views for anyone in decent shape. It's a "no joke" hike though no rushing. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. ...Sally S., USA – See more reviews
What To Expect
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.
Transport by air-conditioned coach
Rail travel between villages
Entry tickets to the Cinque Terre National Park
Boat ride along the Riviera (weather permitting)
Spectacular coastal views and landscape
Time to explore the Cinque Terre villages on foot
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
Tour is available in English only.
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
In case of unexpected closure of the paths for unforseen events, alternative routes will be taken instead.
The tour operates rain or shine.
This is a walking tour, so please wear comfortable shoes. No flip-flops allowed. We recommend you wear sneakers, walking boots or closed toe shoes with non slip soles.
The minimum age for this tour is 12 years old.
The tour returns to Florence at 20:30.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.
3 hours and 15 minutes
5 hours and 30 minutes