Tuscany and the Cinque Terre

From Medieval Hill Towns to Seaside Villages

Trip Level

This trip is rated a Level 3 (Moderate) according to our trip grading system, and is a mix of easy to moderate walks and hikes.

Average Hiking Day
• 2.5 hours
• 4 miles
• 500-600 feet gain/loss

How Tough is This Trip?
You need to be able to hike on uneven surfaces, occasionally downhill over loose rocks. Along the coast, you will be on rocky, uneven staircases going up and down. The coastal trails are narrow, have drop offs of varying heights, and there are often passing hikers, so you will need good balance. You must feel comfortable and confident on your feet for 4 to 5 hours a day, with recent experience hiking 5 miles in a day. On most days, we hike in the morning and visit a town or historical site in the afternoon. This trip has a good blend of hiking and cultural exploration.


We traverse a mix of terrain, from dirt roads through rolling hills in the southern part of Tuscany to steep, rocky sections on the coastal paths of Liguria. Some parts of the trails are ancient stone staircases, and they can be quite steep.


The weather in Tuscany and Cinque Terre in late spring and early fall is usually very pleasant, with temperatures in the 70s°F (80s°F in Tuscany) during the day, and in the 50s°F and 60s°F at night. There can be cool breezes and occasional showers at any time during these seasons.


We spend most nights in small, picturesque inns, full of Italian charm and ambiance, and chosen for their local history and central locations. Since they are often in historic buildings, the rooms are not always of uniform or international size. We hope that you will be able to enjoy them for their charm and local flair. Our leaders do their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole.


Our lunches will vary from picnics in a scenic spot to small trattorias known for their excellent cuisine. Picnic lunches will include local breads, cheeses, fruits, and wines. On some days, we will have lunch at a local farm or in a home (agriturismo) where they prepare regional specialties. Dinners will be at our hotel or a restaurant in town.

Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.


Trip members are always free to skip a day's hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle. A support vehicle will transport the group's luggage, so you will only need to carry a daypack.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

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