We recently visited Cinque Terre when our ship docked in La Spezia.
We purchased the Cinque Terre Card from the train station & first made our way to Monterosso.
The locals were preparing for a flower festival that day, which was interesting.
The journey was short but the train was quite crowded. We found the first little village very quaint. Although we climbed up to the National Park, decided against doing the trail to the next village.
Unfortunately, the trains didn't always arrive as scheduled & didn't always stop at the next village.
We found that we had to go a little back & forward to see all the villages due to the trains not always arriving to time. However, this added to the fun of the day & made our way back & forth to all the villages.
The trains were quite high off the platform, so could be a little difficult for people with mobility difficulties.
What a lovely place to visit.
If you are not going to visit the National Park you could get a day return ticket cheaper from the ticket office.
Don't forget to validate the ticket before getting the train.