The Cinque terre is a national park in the Liguria region of Italy that consists of 5 small villagies: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. There is also a small town named Portovenere that is also worth of being visited.
It is very easy to get to Cinque Terre on train: 3 hours from Milan, 3 hours and 30 minutes from Turin and 2 hours and 30 minutes from Florence. The journey to the Cinque Terre starts from the city La Spezia.
The most convenient way to visit all 5 villagies is by train. For that in la Spezia you need to take the regional train. It crosses the Cinque Terre in only 30 minutes. The distance between single villagies is the following:
Please note that not all trains stop in every town. Don’t forget to use train ticket validation-punching machines that you can find on every platform. You can check the timetable on the website of Trenitalia or ask for the timetable in the tourist information centres that you can find in every train station of the 5 villagies. Trains run every 30 minutes. One way ticket costs 4 EUR.
There is also a travel ticket for 16 EUR and for 10 EUR *(2016) for children under 12 for one day. This travel ticket allows you to travel on trains between Levanto and La Spezia (that is between all five villagies) as many time as you want. It also allows you to enter some pathways (such as Sentiero Azzurro, that connects Riomaggiore and Monterossa) and some museums without additional charges. In addition, there is a travel ticket for 2 days for 29 EUR *(2016). You can buy travel tickets on every train station of Cinque Terre and in the tourist information centers.
Beside trains, it is also possible to move in Cinque Terre on foot using the pathways where you can enjoy the magnificent panorama.
You also can travel across Cinque Terre by boats that transport tourists from one village to another when the weather is good.
There are 2 itineraries:
– corso giornaliera, that is daily line, when the boat leaves at 9.15 – 10.00 – 11.15 – 12.10. This itinerary offers stops in Portovenero, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Monterossa.
– corso pomeridiana, that is after lunch line, when the boat leaves at 14.05. This itinerary offers an hour stop in Vernazza or in Monterossa and then the boat comes back to Portovenero or La Spezia.
The cost of the tickets depends on the itinerary chosen and on how many stops you want to make.
It is also possible to go from La Spezia to Portovenero in only 30 minutes.