The Cinque Terre area is not limited 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 the 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 an uncontaminated and dominant nature and an ancient history.
The Cinque Terre, five small towns overlooking the sea, are so popular and crowded that it often becomes very difficult to perceive the atmosphere of the small fishing villages of the past. It is advisable to visit them in the morning and in the evening, thus avoiding the hottest hours when the cruise passengers crowd the narrow and picturesque streets.
You cannot travel through these area without enjoying a boat or canoe excursion, to admire unique views of the coast and fishing villages perched on the cliffs from the sea.
Also a hike on foot should not be missed. The area is full of trails with incredible panoramic views, and the mild climate allows the trekkings all year around.
A food and wine tour to savor the culinary specialties of the area is a must, whether it is seafood or inland dishes.
The main city of the entire area, capital of the Province, is La Spezia, famous for its port character and flagship of the Italian Navy, especially in the past. Today it is possible to visit the beautiful Naval Museum and admire incredible fortresses scattered over the hills surrounding the city gulf.
The Val di Vara is a fascinating valley, characterized by a very low density of human settlements and large patches of uncontaminated nature. This valley is also the first biological district in Europe.
A bike on the Cinque Terre train
Monesteroli – the breathtaking stair
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.
Park your card and mind the colored lines on the floor:
There are three parking lots in La Spezia area:
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