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What to do in the Cinque Terre: how to enjoy its crystal clear sea, amazing trekkings, unique flavors and unspoiled nature

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.

Not to miss in the Cinque Terre area

1: Quaint fishing villages

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.

If you want equally evocative atmospheres, in less crowded environments, a short distance away you can find jewels, like Portovenere and Tellaro.

2: Enjoy the sea

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.


3: Exciting Trekkings all year around

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.


4: Unique Flavors

A food and wine tour to savor the culinary specialties of the area is a must, whether it is seafood or inland dishes.


4: La Spezia, the city

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.


6: The green valleys

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.

What to do in the Cinque Terre







How to travel the area

  • 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 ticket:

  • 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

Wher to get the bus ticket:

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

Park your card and 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.
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