Cinque Terre refers to the five towns- from north to south - Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, that are all connected to each other by road (hiking trail) and rail. I started from Pisa and took the train to La Spezia station, took a Cinque Terre card (10 Euro) that offers access to all hiking trails and Regionale trains as well as certain museums and boat rides. It is better to start from the northernmost towm (Monterosso) from where the trek to Vernazza is a strenuous two and a half hours hilly climb - so you got to have a nice cap, a large bottle of water and good walking shoes - and yes plenty of stamina. If you are not up to it, take the train to Vernazza. A nice small town. The road to Vernazza train station has a water fountain on the right where you can refill your water bottle for free (water fountains and taps in Italy give potable water). All the five towns are pretty but they are also quite the same, so if you are short of time, you could give Corniglia the miss. Nothing special about this own, even the medieval olive press was out of order when I went there. Remember that Cinque Terre card holders can have a complimentary bus ride from outside the staion to the Town Centre. The walk from Manarola to Riomaggiore along the Via dell'Amore is an nice, easy 20 minute walk. Riomaggiore is quite charming and about 8 min by train from La Spezia.
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