The Cinque Terre area

A manifold region, with countless natural, artistic and cultural treasures: linger on the whole area to catch the somewhat hidden identity of its colorful villages and its traditions.

The Cinque Terre area is not only the coast, unique and unrepeatable, of the five villages perched on the mountains and overlooking the sea, now famous throughout the world and characterized by an increasingly important tourist flow.

The medieval villages derive their origin from the hinterland and from a peasant culture, that of the Vara River Valley, and going further up to the Lunigiana. It is the historical area that in most ancient times was dominated by the Ligurian and Apuan Celts.
The most typical features of the five villages can be found throughout the marine area, extended to the Gulf of La Spezia, (the Gulf of the Poets), with the enchanting Lerici and Portovenere, while its small archipelago hides the surprise of uncontaminated and dominant nature and ancient history.

Not to miss in the Cinque Terre area

The Cinque Terre Villages
The poets' Portovenere
La Spezia, a surprising city
The last outpost of Lerici
Vara Valley and the Bio District

The Cinque Terre area in six points:


Quaint Fishing Villages

 Unique, simple exclusiveness of the Cinque Terre Villages


Crystal Blue Sea

Don’t miss a boat or kayak tour in the Cinque Terre area, for a privileged point of view.


Exciting Treks all year round

A unique net of trekking trails, for all tastes and levels. Just check their maintainance in advance. 


Genuine and rich flavors

The locale cuisine is simple but tasty, with both seafood and inland dishes. Tasting is a must


La Spezia and its new beauty

Visit a city that newly rediscovered its identity, not just the Cinque Terre gate, a whole lot to see. 


Historic and bio Valleys

Local culture is to be found in the inland, with the Lunigiana Castles and the biodisctrict.

The Cinque Terre Beaches: just like heaven

The beaches of the Cinque Terre area are a lot more to see than just the Cinque Terre villages and their marinas: hidden coves, crystal blus, sem-submerged grottos, natural gems to be discovered with respect and patience.

One hundred pages of guide about Cinque Terre’s beaches and about the Gulf of the Poets nearby La Spezia, with descriptions, instructions on how reaching the shores, and GPS coordinates for those who travel by boat!


  • THE BEACHES OF LA SPEZIA The coast of La Spezia, the Cinque Terre and the Gulf of Poets. How to get there, features, exposure and services.

Useful Advice to explore the Cinque Terre area

How to travel the Cinque Terre

  • Following the arch of the Gulf of Poets coastline, from Portovenere to Lerici, it is possible to travel by car or bus.
  • To visit the villages of the Cinque Terre it is recommended to take the ferry or train.
  • The train is the best way to visit the villages beyond the Cinque Terre.
  • The bicycle is for the most trained throughout the territory: there are many hills and climbs can be strenuous, especially in summer.
  • To visit the Val di Vara and the hinterland it is convenient to travel by car.

A bike on the Cinque Terre train

Monesteroli – the breathtaking stair

Where to get the Cinque Terre train tickets:

  • at the La Spezia central station ticket office;
  • at bars, newsstands (for regional routes);
  • at the ticket vend of La Spezia central station and the La Spezia Migliarina Station.
  • Keep in mind that, after having purchased it, the ticket must be stamped at the ticket validation machine.
  • To combine a visit to the Cinque Terre villages by train and Trekking in the Cinque Terre Park, the ideal choice is to buy the Cinque Terre Card.

Where to get the bus tickets:

  • ATC office in Piazza Chiodo;
  • newsstands;
  • using the ATC mobile app.

Where to park your car

To park your car mind the colored lines on the floor:

  • white lines: free parking;
  • blue lines: toll parking, free after 8pm until 8am and on Sundays and public holidays;
  • yellow lines: do not park.

There are three parking lots in La Spezia area:

  • covered parking in Piazza Europa;
  • uncovered parking at the Porto Mirabello;
  • Piazza D’Armi outdoor parking lot.

Top Experiences in the Cinque Terre Area

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