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Cinque Terre Travel Guide - Five Lands and Italian Riviera Tour Specialist
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Ideal plan for cinque Terre in a day by train

Best of the 5 villages to visit are : 1. Monterosso 2. Vernazza 3. Riomaggiore 4. Manarola 5... read more

Reviewed September 15, 2015
InvincibleKP
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Sydney, Australia
Bright colors, wonderful beaches and great sunsets

We spent two days in the area. We stayed in the most southern city and took the train to the most... read more

Reviewed August 16, 2015
JOHND253
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Topeka, Kansas
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Reviewed June 22, 2017 via mobile

Strolling along the main street in Vernazza an atmosphere of curiosity is generated by the small shops, cafes, restaurants etc. They have been carved out from the antique constructions. The many colors that decorate the street also creates a desire to enter. The local Tobacco Shop has a wide variety of merchandise to satisfy everyone. These attributes plus the upmost energetic Cri offers everyone a pleasant moment in shop. She is extremely helpful. It is a must

Thank walk46
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Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

No. 1
But your Cinque Terre Card which enables you to get unlimited on and offs at 6 stops includes Levento. THE DAY BEFORE !!
This will avoid up to an hour wait at La Spezia Central train station. This was in September/ so called shoulder season. Still hot, around 30° every day, and still packed with heaps of tourists.
No.2
Validate/ insert your card at a machine in the under pass BEFORE you get on the train...We were told no need, then a ticket inspector wanted to fine us €50 or $90 Aud EACH!!! We pleaded ignorance and eventually got off with no fine...
No. 3
Sit down food is naturally cheaper the further away from the coast/ views..
No.4
This region is home to the foccacia, they are awesome and a great takeaway meal for €5
No.6
Bring goggles to view the fish. The water is so clear at all spots except Levanto, that it feels like you are swimming in an aquarium....

2  Thank derek r
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Reviewed September 21, 2015

Based ourselves in Rapallo his year, slightly further north and a bit dearer area. Good for trains but bit too far for boat to Cinque Terre. Some fantastic towns/villages on route such as Sevestre Levante. Beautifully situated on a peninsula with a public beach on ne side and a large private divided beach with small public areas on the other. All with a town with one main street running through the middle. 10 minutes walk from the station. Lovely place. Santa Margherita. A large town with many shops and a fantastic frontage. Chiavari-one of our favourites. A large town divide by sea walks/promenade for a couple of miles and the railway line. The town is made of squares all with arched colonnades everywhere with fabulous early 19th century shops with original art-nuveau fronts. There is a botanical garden (Villa Roca) a vibrant market and numerous snack bars. A wonderful location for the Cinque Terre with good towns either side and all easy access via the train. Finally a very small village with a small beach divided form a very smart and extremely clean walking piazza, by tall railway arches. Zoagli. Accessible by rail and bus. A quiet and relaxing bay with a man-made walk extending several hundred yards left and right of the bay. So, so clean and tidy.

1  Thank vantashtik
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Reviewed September 15, 2015

Best of the 5 villages to visit are :

1. Monterosso
2. Vernazza
3. Riomaggiore
4. Manarola
5. Corniglia ( nothing much here - can be skipped - Centre is far and about 10min by walk )

Cheapest and fastest way is regional trains taking only 3 to 5 minutes between each of them.

You need to buy a 8 Euros full-day Train pass which can be used for 6 hours in either directions. This is not applicable if you plan to hike on the trails. The below itenary is only if you plan to visit the villages by Train.

Plan can be :

Arrival at Monterosso 11.03am leaving Milano Lambrate/Centrale at 7.53am. 3hr10min comfortable train journey with Intercity and reserved seats.

On you arrival at Monterosso, head to Cinque terre information point and buy the local train timing details and the 8 euro train pass for full-day ( 4 euro in each direction valid for 6 hours)

1hour 15minutes at Monterosso : Visit the shore, walk around the old and new centres.

Leave at 12.12 monterosso and reach at 12.16 at vernazza.

Quick fast Lunch and moving around at Vernazza till 14.15

2 hours at Vernazza including Lunch. If you want the best of local food head to Ristorante Gambero Rosso - 2 pastas + 1 secondo + 1 dessert can cost around 75.

14.25 train from vernazza to Riomaggiore

1hour 20 minutes at Riomaggiore until 16.00 - Visit the town and the beach. Head downstairs for photo options.

16.06 train to Manarola.

1 hour 30 minutes at Manarola - Watch the cliff diving and the manarola beaches and the centre.

17.32 train to Corniglia : 30 minutes in Corniglia - Walk about 10 minutes to centre and shuttle service is available. Nothing much to see here as the village is not easily accesible.

18.26 Train back to Monterosso.

18.56 departure from monterosso reaching at 21.50 Milano Centrale.

Enjoy Cinque terre!

Note: Please decide on a Sunny weather day to make the visit. Else its not worth it at all. Alternately if you leave 1 hour earlier at 6.53AM, then you could also do the Hike from Monterosso to Vernazza ( About 1hr 50 minutes)

10  Thank InvincibleKP
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Reviewed August 16, 2015

We spent two days in the area. We stayed in the most southern city and took the train to the most northern city and one in between. So much color everywhere you look. The food was great and the sunsets were breathtaking. Be ready to walk up and down hills everywhere. We did not see any elevators. The people are most helpful in assisting you in anyway you might need. We could have spent more time here and never repeated seeing new things. Plan on no less that two days.

1  Thank JOHND253
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Reviewed August 6, 2015

just amazing !!
we had not actually planned this but kept it as an option from pisa.
i wud advise to keep pisa as an option , go to cinque terre villages directly from pisa centrale railway station (that takes around 1hr and 12euros) , stay there and spend no more than 2hrs for leaning tower.
I am not in to hiking but i enjoyed the view and atmosphere so much.. the main attractions of all the 5 villages are situated close to their station and u dont hv to walk much e.g sandy beach of monterosso or rocky beach manarola.

2  Thank wandering-acetabulum
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Reviewed July 19, 2015

Spent a whole day in the sun visiting each of the Five Lands
The guide was great and gave decent information about the area and things to do, great place to visit and very picturesque

Thank stuart w
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Reviewed September 19, 2014

First of all let me explain. Cinque Terre mean 5 lands or 5 towns/villages. So it is not one place.

We did it by train from Rapallo which was a fraction of the price of the ferry. You need to set a side a whole day, with five places to visit. Definitely worth doing but time it right with the trains.

We started at 11 am and got back at 7:30@pm as a guide.

2  Thank IrishSilverSurfer
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Reviewed September 12, 2014

We stayed in the NH Hotel, La Spezia ant the 'package was put together for us by Paul at Beacon Travel, Crowborough.

The hotel we selected was a typically ‘conference’ type hotel, clean good food and rooms but lacking any ‘character’. Service was good and location excellent with only 5 minutes’ walk from the ferry/boat terminals and 15-20 minutes’ walk from the station. (5-10 minutes’ walk from town centre). I would recommend this purely on its location.

You no longer catch a train from Pisa airport to Pisa Central as there is a shuttle bus service ‘Pismover’, and tickets are purchased at the airport and can be included in any train tickets. The shuttle take 5-7 minutes to get to Central station, and you board it right outside arrivals. Cost of train ticket from Pisa to La Spezia was €8.5 per person each way.

The train times we were given were very accurate but the Cinque Terre train times had changed (slightly). It took just over an hour from Pisa Central to La Spezia. The hotel provided us with maps and bus and train times-very helpful. Another pointer is that there are always queues for train tickets so I would advise purchasing your needs a day or so in advance. The tickets are valid until you ‘validate’ them in the machines at the stations. Train costs between the towns vary despite all being one stop. The price varies from €1.8 to €2.4

A good way to see the Cinque Terre is to catch a boat to the furthest village and then walk back (the hardest way). Also the first part, 'Lovers Walk', Riomaggiore through to Coniglia is now closed due to landslides and it is not anticipated to be open for at least another 18 months!!! No one tells you that. It is possible to do the open parts in a day-each part taking 1-1.5 hrs., but it is better to do it in two goes depending on the weather and heat. You can still buy a two day pass but the value due to the reduced walk makes it less cost effective. There are however many other ‘free’ walks which take you across the hills to each town if you so wish. Not so clearly marked though.

The big surprise for us was Portovenere which is just beautiful and access can be made either by local bus or ferry. Just so picturesque. It has everything going for it. €8 return ticket on the ferry.

The general experience we got from this region was that eating out can be quite expensive-meal for two (non turistca menu) £50/head upwards.(including drinks) Most places did the tourist’s menu for less than £20 (two course). The hotel did also a special for residents €25 for three course and coffee, which is a really good deal and the food was large in portions, no cover charge and extremely good.

La Spezia is a large town and has fantastic walks along the harbour area, a large town for all your retail therapy and some good gardens and places of interests. There are many tall buildings with large arched walkways with ceilings adorned with paintings which make the walking around very pleasant.

I totally recommend this area-so annoyed we had never ventured there before (been to Italy at least 14 times over past 20 years). We will certainly be returning.

6  Thank vantashtik
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Reviewed September 2, 2014

I don't know what place can let share my experience happened in Cinque Terre ( maybe also happened in Italy or Europe). Just let you know Do Not Forget Check Your Tickets!
Before we took the railway to Riomaggiore from Monteross, we bought the tickets from ticket office. When the trainman checked our tickets, he said the tickets had not checked by the Kiosk machine on the wall before we took the train. Then we got 50euro fine for this mistake!
A french passenger told me there are same rule in most countries of Europe!

the ticket fee was 2.1euro per person :)

2  Thank Wenhui W
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