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Cinque Terre | Italy

Hiking in Cinque Terre in Italy

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Season

July to October

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Nearest city

Florence, IT, where your tour ends, is just over an hour away from Pisa, IT, where your tour begins

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Duration

6 days

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Skill level

Beginner to intermediate

Rich history, wordly cuisine and the most scenic viewpoints

The multi-colored UNESCO World Heritage villages of the Cinque Terre offer some of the most delightful hikes in Italy! This region full of rich history and world-renowned cuisine is situated on the imposing cliffs above the Mediterranean. Five small, impossibly beautiful villages linked by footpaths clinging to the land above that perfect azure water make this a hikers’ paradise. Discover the most colorful overlooks this Italian region has to offer during six day of group hiking and create some of your most vivid memories! After a rewarding day of walking, make the most of the local restaurants and cafe culture as you gaze into the sparkling emerald sea. The colorful Italian streets, a glass of sciacchetrà, or the scenic sunset views have never disappointed anyone, so you can expect only the best!

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Group Hiking in Cinque Terre in Italy

$3800 per person · 6 days

Urban-oriented hikers, look no further! This guided six-day group adventure is an excellent way to discover one of the most impressive Italian regions. The coastline, the villages, and the hillsides that envelope Cinque Terre have been awarded with the UNESCO World Heritage status. Walk through forests and vineyards, while enjoying spectacular views towards the emerald coast. The journey ends in Chianti’s quintessential Tuscan villages welcoming you with grand pastoral panoramas from the strada bianca. Hike the challenging footpaths between the captivating villages with your guide and other fellow hikers, and make memories that will stay with you for a lifetime!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and hiking to Portovenere

On the first day of the trip, meet your guides at 10 a.m. in Pisa, home of the famous leaning tower, under the arched entryway of the central train station. Take a shuttle to Campiglia, and get to know your guides and group better over a tasty lunch of local specialties. Today’s hike offers a great introduction to Liguria’s dramatic landscape. Enjoy sweeping vistas of the Golfo della Spezia, but watch your step—there are technical sections on this often rocky route to the sea. Today’s destination is the town of Portovenere, where Castello Doria stands watch from its cliffside perch. After settling into Hotel Belvedere, a modest Liberty-style hotel ensconced above the Portovenere waterfront, gather for a glass of prosecco while taking in the spectacular view. Finish the day off with a short ride on a boat to Palmaria Island to dine.

Hiking: 9km/5.4mi
Elevation: +335m/1100ft

Day 2: Hiking the Riomaggiore Loop or Highlands

Step into Picasso’s Mediterranean Landscape and travel along the gorgeous Ligurian coast (a World Heritage site) to Riomaggiore, the southernmost village of the Cinque Terre. Choose between exploring the Cinque Terre’s quaint towns or adding extra miles with a hike. Take a peaceful loop hike between the terraced vineyards and olive trees covering the steep slopes above the village, or if you’re up for a challenge, opt for the highlands route, which ascends to the village of Volastra and offers dramatic views of the coastline from above.

Next stop — Vernazza. Relish the picturesque views of the town’s quaint harbor and stoic Belforte watchtower. After lunch, trek past vineyards and through ancient olive groves, over dirt paths and down stone steps. The hike ends in Monterosso al Mare, the northernmost town of the Cinque Terre. Hop a train to Santa Margherita Ligure, the childhood home of Christopher Columbus and one of the most captivating places on the Ligurian coast, and savor a Mediterranean dinner at a beautiful seaside hotel.

Hiking: 6-13km/ 4-8mi
Elevation: +430-1220m/1400-4000ft

Day 3: Hiking to Portofino

Today’s hike begins in the heart of Santa Margherita Ligure and leads into the hills, up the stone staircases, past villas with façades beautifully embellished with trompe l’oeil paintings. Explore the Parco Naturale di Portofino, a 3,000-acre flower sanctuary and follow the dirt and stone path through groves of olive and cherry trees. Once in lovely Portofino, admire the breathtaking views from your lunch spot on the terrace of historic Castello Brown, a castle perched regally above the town. After lunch, explore the enchanting Portofino, admiring the colorful buildings and lush tropical foliage. A walk along the waterfront and promenade back to Santa Margherita is a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. If you’d like to hike more, head to Abbazia di San Fruttuoso, accessible only by foot or boat and explore the impressive 11th-century abbey, with its cloisters, church, as well as marble and stone tombs. It is certainly worth checking out (weather permitting)!

Hiking: 6-13km/ 4-8mi
Elevation: +420-900m/400-2900ft

Day 4: Exploring Tuscany and Chianti region

After breakfast, continue your journey to another charming region of Italy—Tuscany! After a long but scenic shuttle ride, your hike starts in Greve in Chianti. Get your first taste of the stunning Chianti Classico region with a short walk uphill to Montefioralle. This small village was the birthplace of Amerigo Vespucci, whose name and explorations are the origin of “the Americas”— the Latin translation of this first name.

After lunch, continue through a quintessentially Tuscan landscape until reaching Panzano and Villa Le Barone, your home for the next two nights. Take a dip in the pool or relax by the fireplace before reconvening for a Chianti Classico wine tasting. Afterwards, enjoy an elegant dinner in the hotel’s restaurant.

Hiking: 3-11km/2-7mi
Elevation: +150-350m/500-1100ft

Day 5: Hiking from Radda to Volpaia

Start the day with a shuttle to a charming hilltop town of Radda in Chianti, the one-time capital of the Chianti League, a defensive alliance formed in the region in the 12th and 13th century. Before hiking from Radda, you can swing by Enoteca Toscana for a balsamic vinegar tasting. The path will take you through vineyards and olive groves, and past a small farm into the valley — it’s a steep grade, so take your time. A short stretch on paved roads gives way to open fields and Chianti’s forested hills. Drop down through shady woods into Volpaia and enjoy a coffee in the piazzetta before shuttling back to relax in the hotel pool. If you’re feeling extra energetic — hike back to the hotel on strada bianca surrounded by vineyards.

Hiking: 5-17km/3-11mi
Elevation: +180-490m/600-1600ft

Day 6: Saying goodbye to the most memorable scenery

Have breakfast and get ready for your departure. This morning’s walk from the hotel offers you one more opportunity to roam the scenic Tuscan countryside. Board the shuttle to Florence, where your trip ends. Soak in the Italian atmosphere one more time and take a few final photos before heading for your flight.

Things you need to know

Covid measures in Cinque Terre, Italy

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in CInque Terre, Italy, please refer to the Italian Ministry of Health website.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

  • Experts and experienced hiking guides
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive travel planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the travel planner
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Baggage transfers and porterage
  • Hiking poles if needed

What’s not included:

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Lunches and dinners outside of the itinerary (1 lunch and 1 dinner)
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, unscheduled transfers, laundry etc.
  • Travel insurance

How fit do I need to be?

If you are not used to walking in mountainous terrain this walk may be considered more challenging. There are some more difficult sections and short ascents on rough surfaces. Some of the hikes begin with significant gains in elevation. After the initial climb, the trails become mostly level and usually end with a long descent. Many ascents and descents on the coast are along steps cut into the natural rock face that can become slick when damp. During the hotter months the walk can be more demanding. To fully participate you should be able to walk for up to 5 hours a day. A good level of fitness is required. It is suggested that you undertake regular exercise – swimming, cycling, and jogging, two to three times a week for three months prior to your departure. Keep in mind, the weather in summer can be very hot and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day. Most days you’ll have a choice of mileage options, so you can decide how active you want to be—it’s always up to you.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

  • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
  • Duffle bag with items you won’t need during the hike
  • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
  • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
  • Spare clothes for layering
  • Waterproof rain jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Clothing for evenings in the city
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimsuit — optional
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera — optional (but recommended)

What can I expect from hiking with a guide?

Hiring a local guide offers you the chance to experience Cinque Terre’s beauty to the fullest. Local guides know all the hidden gems the area has to offer, will explain the history and geology during the hike, and will customize your day to the desires of your group. Because there is so much to see and do in Cinque Terre — and it gets crowded quickly — this is one location where it really pays to have a guide by your side to make the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Why should I book with 57hours?

With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.

What about group sizes and pricing?

The tours listed above are not private. Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Private rooms are available for a private room charge.

This adventure has an average 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio. Two or more local guides get out on the trail with you, offering superior support. The tour is limited to 20 guests and an average is usually closer to 14.

A $600 deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The balance of payment is 95 days prior to the departure date.

If you’re traveling with a larger party, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

What is the minimum age requirement?

  • Everybody over the age of 18 is welcome to book this hiking adventure.
  • Minors may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis. If you plan to hike with anyone under the age of 18, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

What about bad weather?

Tours are scheduled to fit with the seasons and ideal hiking conditions. When the weather does not cooperate, your guide will know the correct course of action to take. Whether that’s shifting to a more favorable location or postponing until conditions approve, your guide will know just what to do. Heavy rains and summer fires can cause temporary closure of certain stretches, in which case the itinerary may be altered. In the event of predictably bad weather, you will be contacted prior to the trip to discuss suitable alternatives.

Do I need an insurance policy?

We highly recommended that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

As we’ve recently seen, travel plans can be abruptly halted, so it’s a good idea to purchase travel insurance that covers cancelled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans. For peace of mind, we suggest you consider both options of insurance.

If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

Cancellation policy

With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.

For this adventure, 57hours offers a Expedition Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to one hundred twenty (120) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations ninety (90) to one hundred nineteen(119) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations seventy five (75) to eighty nine (89) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of twenty-five percent (25%) of the total amount paid when Booking. After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.

For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Pisa, most people fly into Florence International Airport. From Florence, you can rent a car or take a train or shuttle to Pisa which is just over an hour away.

Once in Pisa, you can grab a taxi to the train station where you will meet with your guide at 10 a.m. on the first day of your adventure. From there, you’ll head to your tour. Please arrive dressed in your hiking clothes and bring your luggage and a daypack with your rain gear and anything else you may need for your hike (your luggage will be transported to our first night’s accommodations). When the tour is over, you will board the shuttle to Florence, where your trip ends.

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