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How to go to Cinque Terre from La Spezia?

Nestled on the Liguria coast, Cinque Terre (Five Lands) features dreamy landscapes and splendid attractions. There are no secrets: by train or boat, you will discover in this post the best way to get to know Cinque Terre.

Vernazza - Cinque Terre

How to go to Cinque Terre from La Spezia?

You hardly need words to say why you should know this place, do you? But today we are going to talk a little about the main cities, which give the territory its name, and how to get there from La Spezia, which is south of the five cities. But after all How to get to Cinque Terre from La Spezia? In this post you will have all the answers! Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

The towns of Cinque Terre!

Before knowing how to get to Cinque Terre from La Spezia, let’s learn a little bit about its five lands (five towns) to understand each point that we will visit today, shall we? If you already know, just go to the end of this post to get your answer of how to get there! 😉 Find out also: Where to stay in La Spezia?


The first town is Riomaggiore, as it is the closest one to La Spezia. To get to the city old town, when you arrive at the train station, turn right and follow the long tunnel you see there. At the end of the tunnel, on the left, there is the main street of Riomaggiore that leads to the fishing village. The city is not large and there are four main attractions to visit: the Castle of Riomaggiore, the Church dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, the Church of Saint John the Baptist and the Sanctuary of Montenero. Everything is very close and you can take a walk without any problem. Approximate visit time: 01h30.


From there, we go to Manarola. It is worth remembering that, currently, a part of the road that leads to the city, called Via Dell’Amore (Love’s Road – free translation), will be closed until 2021, so one of the options is to go through Via Beccara, it takes almost an hour walking. If you have little time, or don’t want to walk so much, go back to the station and take the train. The attractions in the city are also limited, but it requires a little more time to visit them. You can see the Church of San Lorenzo, the ruins of the city’s Fortress, the Groppo, which is a group of houses with shops selling typical products, the Sanctuary of Nostra Signora della Salute and, if you go there in the winter, the Nativity Scene of Maranola. Approximate visit time: 2 hours.


Following the tour, we go to Corniglia. It would be possible to go walking from Manarola (about 40, 50 minutes of walking), but a piece of the trail, called Sentiero Azzurro, with 1.5 km long NOTE: THE WAY IS CLOSED UNTIL 2021! but if you are not a ‘walking person’, I suggest you to go by train. The train station is at the top of the mountain, but it is possible to go to the city center by minibus or walking via the ‘Great Stair’ which has 382 steps. The view from the top is AWESOME! Corniglia is the smallest city of the 5 villages, which means that in an hour it is possible to visit many things. The main attractions of the city are: Church of Saint Peter, the Chapel of Saint Catherine, the ruins of the Genoese forces and the Sanctuary of Nostra Signora delle Grazie. Approximate visit time: 01h20.


From Corniglia we go to Vernazza by train, where its main attraction is the belvederes and the trails. The sea presents itself to tourists in an imposing, majestic way. The panoramas are unique and, for an instant, you forget everything you’ve ever known when it comes to panoramic views. The main attractions of the city are: the Church of San Francesco, the Church dedicated to Santa Margherita d’Antiochia, the Palace of Galleries and the Sanctuary of Nostra Signora di Reggio. Approximate visit time: 1 hour.


Last, but not least, we head to the last and largest town of five villages: Monterosso. Leaving Vernazza by train, it is possible to quickly reach Monterosso where its main attractions are: Church of Saint John the Baptist, Mortis et Orationis Chapel, the Capuchin Order Convent, the Aurora Tower and the Sanctuary of Nostra Signora di Soviore. Approximate visit time: 2 hours.

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Important information

The marine area of the entire region is protected and is part of a park, the Cinque Terre National Park. For more information you can visit their official website.

Want to save on this tour?

Then buy the Cinque Terre Card. The card allows you to travel all the parts of the Park and the minibus that takes you from the station to the center of Corniglia is also included (costs 5 Euros). If you are departing from La Spezia or any of the towns in the Cinque Terre, I suggest you purchase the 5 Terre Card Train (16 Euros), which includes unlimited train transport between La Spezia and the towns of the Cinque Terre during the day. It’s really worth it.

Watch this video and learn a little more about the beautiful Cinque Terre


How to go to Cinque Terre from La Spezia?

There’s no secret! Go to the train station and buy the card suggested above or the individual ticket; you can also click here to buy a Train Tour to the Cinque Terre. To return to La Spezia: you can also go by boat (a beautiful tour); the boats have few schedules, it is true, the trip takes 20 minutes and costs about 4 euros. To buy a ticket, just go to the sales station located in the port of the departure city. The port of La Spezia is a 15-minute walk from the old town. If you prefer to have an Excursion with Aperitif and Lunch, click here to find out more! You can go there by bus too; the ticket costs 1.45 euros and takes you to the city station. Also read: How to get to Cinque Terre from Florence?


How to go to Cinque Terre from La Spezia? As we can see, it is a calm and very fast ride. Just remembering that the approximate visiting time mentioned in the post does not include stops for meals, rest or even waiting for the train, which, in total, would take around 8 hours to visit all the cities.

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