For a completely unique experience, you should consider the Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with optional hiking. In this active 13-hour tour, you’ll have a chance to hike 5.5 kilometers on the hills around Cinque Terre.
Your journey starts in Florence, when you board a coach for the two-hour drive to Cinque Terre. Your professional English-speaking guide will spend some time telling you about the area, the five fishing villages of Cinque Terre, and the national park you’re about to visit. Once you arrive at the park, your guide will take you on a hike on the scenic trail leading to Corniglia (one of the fishing villages).
Because this is a wild area, trails are only minimally maintained – you can expect no handrails, narrow paths high on cliffs, and a steep climb of almost 400 stone steps at the end of the hike. If this doesn’t sound like something you’d want to do, it’s also possible to skip the hiking section of the tour and instead take a train between the villages.
Once you arrive in Corniglia, you’ll have some free time to discover the village, enjoy the views, and maybe have a quick lunch or coffee before you start your second hike towards Vernazza.
From here, you’ll board the train with your guide to reach Monterosso, where the area’s most beautiful beaches and artisan shops are located. If the weather cooperates, you’ll be able to take a boat to the last of the fishing villages, Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre’s largest village and home to beautiful pastel-colored buildings. After hiking back to Manarola, you’ll be able to board your vehicle and relax on the way back to Florence.
If you’d rather have a more relaxed day, the Cinque Terre Day Trip with Transport from Florence allows you to explore the fishing villages using a combination of trains, boats, and your own vehicle, no hiking necessary. This full-day tour starts in the heart of Florence as you board your vehicle and head towards the coast.
Your first stop is in the medieval village of Riomaggiore, where you can enjoy a postcard view over the tiny harbor. Your guide will then take you to Manarola for a stroll of the shoreline and some of the best photos you’ll take in the area.
Next, you’ll travel by boat to Monterosso, where you’ll have free time for lunch, to explore the village, or to jump in the blue waters of the bay. Your last stop is in Vernazza, a world-famous producer of olive oil. Explore the village at your own pace until it’s time to return to Florence.