5 little points on the map, a unique area, that has been featured on the covers of travel magazines around the world, thanks to the simpleness of its fishing villages and its true colors.
A common mistake is to consider the Cinque Terre as a single place, rather than an area. There is no such thing as a train ticket to the “Cinque Terre”, as the name actually means “Five territories”, namely the five hamlets of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso, which look almost suspended along the rocky coast between La Spezia and Framura.
The fascinating surrounding nature of the Cinque Terre villages is a seamless dialogue between sea and land, along the coast enclosed by the two promontories of Punta Mesco and Muzzerone.
Spurs of stone, coves and bays, ravines and the five colorful villages counterpoint the view of the Cinque Terre coastline from the sea.
- By car, the roads to reach Cinque Terre are mostly narrow. There aren’t many places to park and it can be a good idea to reach the villages by other means.
- By train, every village in the Cinque Terre has a train station. Check the Cinque Terre Card, with benefits also for those who love trekking.
- By ferry, you can reach Cinque Terre during the summer. To get to Cinque Terre, please visit our ferry schedule. There are numerous marinas for private pleasure boating.
- We recommend e-assisted bikes to ride the CInque Terre routes: view our bike guided tours.
Advice to visit Cinque Terre
The best advice to visit the Cinque Terre area is to pick one of the five villages to get off the train or boat and travel to one or more others, according to the time that you have available.
In high season, the visit can be spoiled by the presence of too many visitors, while the most important thing in the Cinque Terre is in fact to get the opportunity to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, hike the nice paths in the silence of nature, discover the enchanting sea view, rather than run from one village to the other.
At La Spezia railway station and in all villages you can pick one or two of the stations and buy a single ticket to get there (about 7,50€ return ticket to reach the furthest village). If you prefer to visit the whole area you can get a Cinque Terre Park ticket. Make sure to buy the “Cinque terre Train Card” and not just the basic Cinque Terre Card, which only allows you to walk on the paths of the Cinque Terre Park and not to hop on and off the train.