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Italy Tuscany & Cinque Terre Walking Tour

Spectacular Trails from Chianti to the Italian Riviera & Historic Siena


Immerse yourself in two of Italy's most enchanting regions on this perfectly paced walking adventure from Tuscany to the Italian Riviera. Follow scenic trails through Tuscan vineyards and cypress-dotted valleys, exploring historic hill towns and sampling fine Chianti wines along the way. Marvel at the medieval wonders of Siena and San Gimignano with their ancient ramparts and towers. Then journey to Liguria's spectacular coast to hike cliff-side paths that connect the Cinque Terre's picturesque seaside towns. With fragrant lemon groves and stunning sea views, this is la dolce vita at its best!

9 Days

From: $6,495

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Highlights


  • Explore hilltop towns in the heart of Chianti and follow dramatic coastal trails in the Cinque Terre
  • Experience a "Gateway to the Middle Ages" through the splendor of Siena, San Gimignano, and Monteriggioni
  • Sip fine wines, feast on regional culinary delights, and enjoy tranquil stays at charming hotels

Italy Tuscany and Cinque Terre Hiking

Start: Florence, Italy  End: Pisa, Italy

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive in Florence & Journey to Tavarnelle

    Day 1

    Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Florence this afternoon and meet your trip leader for an orientation. Explore the Benedictine church of San Miniato al Monte, with its splendid Romanesque architecture and sweeping views of the city, before heading south to the hilltop town of Tavarnelle. Enjoy a scenic drive on the Via Cassia, an ancient Roman road, then set off on a hike past olive orchards and vineyards to the 15th-century home of a local Tuscan family. Here you'll sample olive oils and savor a delicious country dinner.

    Accommodation: The Hotel Executive

    Activity: 2 hours/2-3 miles hiking

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Chianti Wines & Walks

    Day 2

    Rise for a journey through bucolic rolling hills to Greve, the wine capital of Chianti. Take a picturesque hike to the hilltop village of Lamole. Lunch on local delights and continue on foot to Volpaia, a medieval hamlet famed for its Chianti Classico wine. Here you'll sample some of the region's most celebrated reds. Rest up tonight in your charming hotel in the historic town of Radda.

    Accommodation: Hotel Palazzo Leopoldo

    Activity: 3-4 hours/5 miles hiking

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Vineyard Trails to San Polo in Rosso

    Day 3

    Begin the day with a short transfer to San Giusto in Salcio, a pretty Romanesque church just south of Radda in Chianti. From here, you'll follow vineyard trails to the fortified medieval estate of San Polo in Rosso, where lunch awaits. Continue walking via enchanting rural villages back to San Giusto in Salcio. Return by van to Radda and sample more Chianti wines before exploring the town at leisure. Tonight, dinner is on your own at the hotel or local restaurant .

    Accommodation: Hotel Palazzo Leopoldo

    Activity: 3-4 hours/5 miles hiking

    Transportation: 20-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Explore Enchanting Siena

    Day 4

    Journey to the captivating city of Siena for a special guided tour of its historical wonders, including UNESCO-listed Piazza del Campo and the Duomo. Next, enjoy free time to explore the city's beautiful cobblestone streets and charming restaurants. In the afternoon, visit the walled city of Monteriggioni, known as the "Gateway to the Middle Ages" for its fortified ramparts and watchtowers. Later, transfer to your hotel set in a 15th-century villa in Poggibonsi.

    Accommodation: Hotel Villa San Lucchese
    Accommodation: Villa Sabolini

    Activity: 4 hours/2-3 miles hiking

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Hike to San Gimignano

    Day 5

    Start the day with a drive to Colle Val d'Elsa, known for its fine Italian crystal, then follow scenic trails to the romantic hill town of San Gimignano. This UNESCO World Heritage wonder, known as "medieval Manhattan," is beloved for its 11th-century towers, labyrinthine streets, and fresco-adorned Duomo. Explore town before heading back to your hotel.

    Accommodation: Hotel Villa San Lucchese
    Accommodation: Villa Sabolini

    Activity: 4-5 hours/6 miles hiking

    Transportation: 30-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Journey from Carrara to Cinque Terre

    Day 6

    Rise for a drive to Carrara, world famous for its ancient marble quarries that rise like snow-capped peaks above the town. After lunch, breathtaking coastal scenery awaits in the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre and the pretty seaside town of Levanto. Enjoy a tasty dinner in town and get ready to explore the Italian Riviera over the next two days.

    Accommodation: Hotel La Giada del Mesco

    Transportation: 2.75-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Trails in Cinque Terre

    Day 7

    Take a short train ride to Monterosso al Mare, one of the five towns that make up the Cinque Terre. Perched on cliffs above the Ligurian Sea, these breathtakingly beautiful seaside villages are a bucket-list must - and perfect for hikers. Take in amazing coastal scenery on a stunning trail that links the neighboring villages of Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Alternatively, you can enjoy a scenic train and boat ride from village to village. Return to Levanto for dinner on your own tonight.

    Accommodation: Hotel La Giada del Mesco

    Activity: 5 hours/5-6 miles hiking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Coastal Path to Monterosso

    Day 8

    Starting at the hotel, follow a meandering coastal trail back to Monterosso. Along the way you'll pass lemon groves and old hilltop farmhouses, and enjoy splendid views of the Ligurian Sea. Perhaps reward yourself with a refreshing gelato and explore the town at leisure. Take a train back to Levanto and celebrate your Italian adventure with a farewell dinner in town.

    Accommodation: Hotel La Giada del Mesco

    Activity: 3-4 hours/3-4 miles hiking

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Depart from Pisa

    Day 9

    Bid farewell to Italy as you transfer to the airport in Pisa.

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Why Travel With Us?


  • This perfectly paced adventure blends active hiking and cultural immersion, getting you to the heart of Tuscany and the Cinque Terre.

  • We have been refining our hiking adventures in Italy for over 40 years building an unrivaled team of local guides and genuine connections.

  • We seek out genuine experiences, from family-run restaurants and biodynamic farms, to wineries and historic hotels, so you can enjoy every moment.

Dates & Prices


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This trip can accommodate guests with a
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Private Trip Pricing:


2024 Pricing

6 guests from $7,195 per person double occupancy

7 to 8 guests from $6,995 per person double occupancy

9 guests from $6,795 per person double occupancy

2025 Pricing

6 guests from $7,295 per person double occupancy

7 to 8 guests from $7,095 per person double occupancy

9 guests from $6,895 per person double occupancy

*Seasonal rates may apply.

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Private pricing excludes potential additional costs such as internal airfare, single supplement, or any park fees that may be required for the trip.

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts where necessary
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted in the Trip Planner)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Silvia G.

Silvia G.

Silvia was born and raised in Venice, and now lives in the Tuscany region of central Italy. While she is an architect by training, with an MA in History of Architecture, Silvia has more than 20 years of experience as a professional trip leader. She lived in Toronto, Canada, for over a decade and, since then, she has led both walking and bicycle trips throughout Europe. Now she guides trips in Tuscany and southern Italy—sharing her passion for her country with MT Sobek travelers. Silvia speaks Italian, English, and French.

Chiara P.

Chiara P.

Chiara was born in Trieste and grew up in Milan where she achieved her degree in languages before changing her focus to geology. She then worked for a non-profit medical organization, as well as a multinational advertising agency. Having been initiated into different cultures at a relatively young age, Chiara developed a curiosity and passion for travel, and has been guiding with enthusiasm ever since.

Daniele C.

Daniele C.

Daniele grew up in a farmhouse deep in the Tuscan countryside, where his family spent their days making Pecorino sheep cheese and exploring the Italian regions. He got a Master's degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Siena in 2009 and started working as nature guide around the Indian Ocean and the African Savannah, before coming back to his beloved homeland. As a passionate birdwatcher, he always keeps an eye on the sky during his walks, and enjoys the discovery of new places.

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Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Florence this afternoon and meet your trip leader for an orientation. Explore the Benedictine church of San Miniato al Monte, with its splendid Romanesque architecture and sweeping views of the city, before heading south to the hilltop town of Tavarnelle. Enjoy a scenic drive on the Via Cassia, an ancient Roman road, then set off on a hike past olive orchards and vineyards to the 15th-century home of a local Tuscan family. Here you\'ll sample olive oils and savor a delicious country dinner.

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Rise for a journey through bucolic rolling hills to Greve, the wine capital of Chianti. Take a picturesque hike to the hilltop village of Lamole. Lunch on local delights and continue on foot to Volpaia, a medieval hamlet famed for its Chianti Classico wine. Here you\'ll sample some of the region\'s most celebrated reds. Rest up tonight in your charming hotel in the historic town of Radda.

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Rise for a drive to Carrara, world famous for its ancient marble quarries that rise like snow-capped peaks above the town. After lunch, breathtaking coastal scenery awaits in the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre and the pretty seaside town of Levanto. Enjoy a tasty dinner in town and get ready to explore the Italian Riviera over the next two days.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 3. Easy to moderate walking and hiking for 3-5 hours per day on gently rolling terrain, vineyards and cliffside trails. Cultural touring of historic sites includes walking on cobblestone streets.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 1

2 hours/2-3 miles hiking

Day 2

3-4 hours/5 miles hiking

Day 3

3-4 hours/5 miles hiking

Day 4

4 hours/2-3 miles hiking

Day 5

4-5 hours/6 miles hiking

Day 7

5 hours/5-6 miles hiking

Day 8

3-4 hours/3-4 miles hiking

Accommodations


Ideally located hotels and villas providing all the comforts of a 4 or 5 star equivalent accommodation. Some lodging equipped with spas and swimming pools.

The Hotel Executive
The Hotel Executive

Occupying a former royal residence built in the 16th century, this elegant hotel is just a 7-minute walk from Santa Maria Novella train station and 9 minutes on foot from the Santa Maria Novella. The traditionally furnished, warmly decorated rooms feature flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and minibars.There's a restaurant, a cocktail lounge and a library reading room.

Hotel Palazzo Leopoldo
Hotel Palazzo Leopoldo

This elegant hotel is set in a 14th-century Tuscan building, and is nestled in Chianti's vineyards. Guestrooms offer old-world charm and feature free Wi-Fi, room service and flat-screen TVs. Amenities include a restaurant and a fitness room, as well as a spa with a heated indoor pool and hot tubs.

Hotel Villa San Lucchese
Hotel Villa San Lucchese

Set on beautifully landscaped grounds, this elegant hotel offers down-to-earth guestrooms with free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and safes. Some have canopy beds, whirlpool tubs, exposed beams and/or sitting areas. Other amenities include 2 outdoor pools, a tennis court and a restaurant with a terrace. There's also a landscaped garden, a library and a bar, plus a wine cellar. Wine tastings and massage services are available.

Hotel La Giada del Mesco
Hotel La Giada del Mesco

In a stone villa on a hillside overlooking the Ligurian Sea, this relaxed hotel has 12 cozy guestrooms offering minifridges, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, as well as balconies with sea views. Room service is available. Other amenities include a bar, a terrace, and an infinity pool, all with panoramic sea views.

Villa Sabolini
Villa Sabolini
Located in the Tuscan hills outside Siena and near Colle di Val D'Elsa, Villa Sabolini was once an elegant 15th-century residence and later became an Archiepiscopal Seminary. Today the Villa is a 4-star hotel whose 40 rooms are surrounded by an Italian garden, and finely furnished with canopy beds, cotto floors, and marble bathrooms. The restaurant serves traditional dishes made with local ingredients inspired by the seasons.

Weather


Tuscany likely to be warm, with lots of sunshine, and temperatures in the 70's and 80's. Italy's west coast boasts a warm, coastal Mediterranean climate, with dry summers. There is often a pleasant sea breeze in summertime.

 
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FAQs


Who will meet me on arrival?

An MT Sobek representative will meet you at the airport on the morning of Day-1, and transfer with you to our hotel in Florence. Early and later arrivals will need to get to the hotel on your own.

Can I wear trail shoes/cross training shoes on this trip?

Proper trail shoes or lightweight hiking boots are appropriate for this trip. Please be sure your shoes have a good sole, and will be comfortable on varying terrain - vineyards, cobblestone, hiking trails, and roads.

How challenging are the hikes on this trip?

Most experienced hikers will consider this trip to be on the easier side. However, if you are more of a walker, you may feel challenged by 3 - 5 hours on your feet. Come in good physical condition, and expect an active, outdoorsy experience.

Can you accommodate my diet?

In Italy, it is easy to accommodate most diets - vegetarian, vegan, even gluten-free. Please let us know your dietary restrictions are in advance, so that we can make the appropriate arrangements.

Do you offer this trip in the summer?

We have selected the months of May and September as the daytime temperatures are mild, the weather mostly sunny, and the colors of spring and autumn are at their peak. June through August can be both hot and overly crowded with tourists.

Can I fly out of any nearby airport?

At the end of your trip, transfers will be provide to both the Pisa and Florence Airports. If you are flying out of Milan, we will provide information on how to get to the Milan Malpensa Airport from the train station in Levanto.

What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18, but check out our private trip options for families and groups with younger guests.
How much time is recommended for Tuscany and Cinque Terre?
To make the most out of a trip to Tuscany and Cinque Terre, we recommend 9 days. This allows you to start in Florence and end in Pisa, with a stop in Siena along the way, plus enjoy two days hiking spectacular coastal trails. This is the best way to get an insider feel for the destination.
Can you hike the five towns of Cinque Terre?
Yes, you can hike between the five towns of Cinque Terre. There is a system of trails that connect the towns, providing a picturesque way to explore this beautiful coastal region. Our first hike in Cinque Terre starts in Monterosso al Mare, and follows a scenic trail that links the neighboring villages of Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.
What is the most scenic hike in Cinque Terre?
One of the most scenic hikes in Cinque Terre is the stretch between Monterosso and Vernazza, which hugs a steep hillside overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and passes through vineyards. Is that hike included on this trip? Yes!

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