Cinque Terre Hiking Tour from La Spezia

Walk clifftop trails to discover vineyards, epic views, and famous villages on Italy's magical coast

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Looking for the best way to explore the iconic coastline of Cinque Terre while you’re in La Spezia? Then lace up your walking shoes and set off along the beautiful coastal trails, discovering clifftop vineyards and some of the most atmospheric seaside villages in Italy. Join a small group and friendly local guide as you travel to this stunning UNESCO-listed coast by train for an idyllic day of hiking in the glorious countryside of Liguria!

  • Hike the Cinque Terre trails
  • Stunning views and charming villages
  • Medieval port of Manarola
  • Ancient farmlands of Corniglia
  • Free time for lunch
  • Natural harbor of Vernazza
  • The panoramas of Riomaggiore

You'll meet your local guide at La Spezia's train station to begin your Cinque Terre hiking adventure, beginning with a scenic train journey to Manarola—the first of the four charming villages you'll explore today along with Corniglia, Vernazza, and Riomaggiore. You guide will lead you along trails, cliffs, and on local trains between each village, and you'll have some free time to explore each one and buy yourself a tasty local lunch in Corniglia.

After you've visited all four of the villages on your exploration of Cinque Terre, your trip leader will escort you back to La Spezia by train in the afternoon.

You don't need to be a superhero to do this hike, but a reasonable level of fitness will help. Kids aged 8 and over are welcome to join.

Cinque Terre Hiking Tour Description

Your 7-hour day trip for La Spezia includes:

  • Escorted train journey to Cinque Terre from La Spezia

  • Guided coastal hike between local villages

  • Visit Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Riomaggiore

  • Free time to explore and enjoy lunch (not included)

  • Local train tickets

  • Friendly English-speaking guide

  • Maximum group size of 20

Start Your Journey at La Spezia Station

Your amazing hiking experience begins at La Spezia train station, where your expert guide will give you the train pass which will allow you to freely travel on the special Cinque Terre train network. Sit back and watch the beautiful countryside roll past your window on the short ride to your first destination, Manarola.

Trekking in Cinque Terre

Not long ago, these five quaint towns on the Ligurian coast were isolated and unknown to most of the world. On this trip you will explore the wonderful natural harbors and streets of brightly painted houses that used to guide the fishermen ashore.

After some time to explore the charms of Manarola, follow your guide up the mountainside and along the ancient trails that locals have been traveling or centuries. Along the way you'll see vineyards that are perched up on rocks and see how the locals are able to farm such a mountainous area by laying levels of terraces.

You will continue your way down the mountain to the town of Corniglia. This quaint town is actually 300 feet above sea level! Discover the center of Corniglia as you walk through its narrow alleys, and take a break to enjoy a delicious local lunch of fresh seafood of other Cinque Terra specialties.

Lunch is not included with the tour, but your guide will be happy to recommend some great local dishes and restaurants.

Catch the Coastal Train

After lunch, the adventure continues by heading down to the little train station to head to the next destination, Vernazza. The towns are close to each other, so it's only about a 10-minute train ride. The colorful port of Vernazza is regarded as one of Italy's most beautiful villages, and is overlooked by a centuries-old castle high on the rocks. Enjoy some free time to take in the village's authentic Mediterranean charms before hopping back onto to coastal train to head to your next stop.

Riomaggiore famous for its panoramic views, blue waters, and amazing pastel homes. It's the perfect final stop on your

Finally, and before going back to La Spezia, we will go to Riomaggiore where you will have some free time to walk through its narrow streets and enjoy beautifully colored houses. Admire the particular construction of Riomaggiore and the Gulf of Cinque Terre from the panoramic terrace you will find here. We are waiting for you!

What you get with this tour
Escorted train journey to Cinque Terre from La Spezia
Guided coastal hike between local villages
Visit Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Riomaggiore
Free time to explore and enjoy lunch (not included)
Local train tickets
Friendly English-speaking guide
Maximum group size of 20
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Paradise!
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This was a beautiful experience in one of the most breathtaking places I've ever visited. Our guide was amazing! Like an old friend showing you around.

Hiker's Paradise!
05 May 2021
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Me and my wife are avid hikers so the ability to take a hiking tour was really cool for us when we got to Italy. We were worried about the crowds but the hike above Cinque Terre was serene. Amazing views from above looking over the towns and sea. Wow!

Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

You'll meet your friendly guide by red statue at the main entrance of La Spezia train station.

What to bring?

Please wear comfortable shoes for walking and bring a water bottle, sun hat, sunscreen, and any snacks you'd like for the hike.

What to bring?

Please wear comfortable shoes for walking and bring a water bottle, sun hat, sunscreen, and any snacks you'd like for the hike.

Will we have a tour guide the whole day?

You'll be accompanied by a trip leader throughout the day who will lead you on the trails and ensure you arrive and depart at the right stops. They'll also have lots of recommendations of places to eat and explore at each village. They are knowledgeable about the area and will help ensure a smooth day trip through Cinque Terre.

How will I travel between the villages?

You'll travel some sections on hiking trails, and other by the local coastal train.

How fit do I need to be for this tour?

You don't need to be a superhero to do this hike, but there are some steep sections so a reasonable level of fitness will help.

Is this tour run by The Tour Guy?

No, this tour is run by one of our trusted and thoroughly vetted partners in La Spezia.

Where to meet?

You'll meet your friendly guide by red statue at the main entrance of La Spezia train station.

Total: $67.20

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