Visiting Cinque Terre From Florence

For Those Wanting To Visit The Cinque Terre From Florence In A Day

Cinque Terre Village Scene
Cinque Terre Village Scene

Cinque Terre is made up of five fishing villages along the coast of the Italian Riviera. The Cingue Terre region is over 125 kms (75 miles) west from Florence.

By train its not really advisable as a day trip, it'll be 2-3 hours travel time in each direction.


The key five fishing villages include Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, all tiny towns built upon steep rugged cliffs overlooking the sea. Cars are banned.

If you are a keen hiker, then the Cinque Terre region is one of the places to come in Italy for an extended stay. There is a network of challenging paths in addition to the main coastal path that crosses the entire region. A scenic railway links the villages together along the coast.

Known for its beauty and charm, Cinque Terre draws people year round to walk along its scenic coastal path, "Lovers Lane", to enjoy the views and romantic atmosphere.

Rooted in antiquity, Cinque Terre's five villages date from the early medieval period. Monterosso, the oldest, was founded in AD 643. Much of what remains in the villages today dates from the late High Middle Ages, including several castles and a quintet of illustrious parish churches.

Cinque Terre Hiking Day Trip from Florence

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. A UNESCO World Heritage-listed site it's a unique and memorable experience, exploring the only unspoilt survivor of the genuine Italian Riviera.

This tour includes coach transportation, rail and boat travel between villages, entry in to Cinque Terre National Park and a delicious lunch.

The 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.

Walking boots or at minimum sneakers, closed toe shoes with non slip soles are required. A large amount of walking is involved, you must be of average fitness and able to keep up with the rest of the group.

Minimum age is 12 years.

The days walking is in several stages with stops at villages in between with free time to sample wines, cheeses etc., even swim if you bring a costume.

On the cliff top village of Corniglia a delicious lunch made of fresh Mediterranean seafood and the most authentic pesto pasta is served in a local restaurant with a perfect view of the sea and surrounding hillside.

At Monterosso, you enjoy a scenic 40-minute boat ride (weather permitting) along the shores of the Cinque Terre, the journey takes you to Riomaggiore.

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Cinque Terre Small Group (Max 8) Day Trip from Florence

Numbers are limited to eight on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention from a guide.

Enjoy a full-day tour visiting the beautiful Cinque Terre (the five lands). After driving through Tuscany into Liguria, stop in the first Cinque Terre village of Corniglia.

Enjoy panoramic views and take spectacular pictures of the land and coast. After a walk through the delightful village, stop at one of the local bars for a glass of wine accompanied by bruschetta.

Your second stop is at the village of Vernazza, arguably the most beautiful of the five villages with a large open harbour, castle and church. Enjoy some free time to walk around and have a relaxing lunch (own expense) at one of the open-air restaurants that lines the waterfront, or take a stroll through the back streets for impressive views along the coast.

After your visit to Vernazza, there is a shared boat ride to Riomaggiore. While on the boat, view the dramatic coastline from the water, framed against the hills.

Riomaggiore is the most southern village of the Cinque Terre and its houses are built along the cliff face. Follow your tour escort for a walk around the village and then travel to pretty Manarola.

Manarola is one of the oldest villages of the Cinque Terre. Explore the narrow alleys and pretty pastel squares that epitomize the beauty of the area, and perhaps sample some renowned local wine at a cosy wine bar (own expense).

After visiting Manarola, leave the Cinque Terre and make your way back Florence where you'll arrive in the early evening.

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