Staying in the Renaissance city of Florence affords visitors the chance to immerse in a wealth of art and culture that has to be seen to be believed. But for those who like to get out and about in the great outdoors, there’s another bonus to choosing Florence as a base on an Italian holiday: the chance to hike one of the most renowned coastlines in Europe on a Cinque Terre day trip. |
Even though the region is actually in Liguria, not Tuscany, it’s still possible to experience a Cinque Terre day trip from a base in Florence. It really doesn’t matter if you're an experienced hiker or just someone who enjoys a pleasant walk to soak up the sunshine, there are options to do as much or as little as you like. And don’t worry, the early morning start will be forgotten when you’re standing on the edge of a cliff ogling the most spectacular views you’ve ever seen.
What to Expect on a Cinque Terre Day Trip
If you’re staying in Florence, your best option is to book on to a professional guided tour. Not only will this mean your transport to and from the area is taken care of (so that means no getting lost and wasting valuable time), but you’ll also get the benefits of having a local guide with you. The chance to pick their brain about the history and culture of the area can’t be overstated, and your experience will be far richer for it. In addition, your pass to enter the National Park will be arranged; it’s just generally a more relaxed experience if you don’t have to figure out all the details.
An Experience for everyone
While many people want the ‘full’ experience of hiking between the five villages, it should be noted that for anyone with more limited fitness there is a train – so there’s no need to miss out on seeing as much as possible in the day. But those looking to do it all under their own steam are in for a pretty magical time – without it being excessively taxing on energy. Do some sections or do them all – it’s up to you.
Note: Depending on when you visit, it’s important to understand that some sections of the trail may be closed for maintenance, which is where the train comes in. But there are also some alternatives to the coastal route.
It’s pretty hard to isolate any particular highlights on an experience like this, because the hike itself is the highlight, but as a taster you can look forward to:
? Jaw dropping views ? Plenty of fresh air and sunshine ? Delicious food ? Charming towns ? Genuine local culture ? A boat ride for part of the way for a different view ? Countless photo opportunities ? Friendly and passionate guides ? Memories that will last forever ? And so much more…
Make Sure You’re Prepared
Most experienced ramblers and hikers understand the importance of preparing for the great outdoors, but it is worth repeating for a Cinque Terre day trip. The trail requires sensible footwear, as parts of it can get slippery and a little rugged. Hiking boots are preferable but, at the very least, enclosed non-slip walking shoes are a must. You should also bring a towel (there are lots of opportunities to swim), some water, snacks and plenty of high factor sunscreen.
So, are you ready for the most picturesque Italian outdoor adventure on offer? Si? Then what are you waiting for?
Mauro Bramante is the Director of WalkAbout Florence, an independent business offering unforgettable tours and excursions around Italy including the best Cinque Terre day trip itinerary. Whether you want to ride a Vintage Vespa, try the famous Chianti wine or get cooking with fresh local ingredients, Mauro's company promises excitement, adventure and above all, fun. If you're keen to experience the magic of Italy with the help of some passionate and knowledgeable tour guides, look no further than WalkAbout Florence for your next getaway.
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