Take a train to Cinque Terre (the “Five Lands”) and experience a once in a lifetime holiday amongst a world-famous collection of five coastal villages. Known for their astounding beauty and wonderfully colourful seaside houses, each town is the stuff of a bucket-list traveller’s dreams.
The Cinque Terre consists of the towns of Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare, and each of the five is best reached via train. Rail is also undoubtedly the easiest way to explore the region, as the rugged hillside terrain of the area means that cars are almost entirely cut off from being able to access each area.
Below you can find our complete guide to Cinque Terre, including how to get there by train from nearby Italian airports and popular main cities, and what to see once you’re there.
The enchantment of the Ligurian Sea awaits, and you can get there with the Cinque Terre Express! These trains allow you to travel comfortably between La Spezia Centrale, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso and Levanto, taking advantage of the offer of 99 trains a day, 7 days a week, every 15 minutes. Travel to the Cinque Terre Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and easily reach the most beautiful beaches in the region without worrying about traffic or parking.
Have a look through our list of Cinque Terre train stations below, click through to book your tickets or for more info about a certain station.
The Cinque Terre National Park is a protected natural area in the region of Liguria, to the west of La Spezia city in the northwest of Italy. It’s the most densely populated nature park in Italy, known for the beauty of its coast.
The easiest way to get to Cinque Terre is by train. The train to Cinque Terre is called “Cinque Terre Express”, a fast-regional train that’ll help you travel comfortably between La Spezia Centrale, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso and Levanto. If you’re flying from outside of Italy, the closest airport to the Cinque Terre is Genoa Airport (in Italian Aeroporto di Genova), also known as Cristoforo Colombo Airport. From the airport, you can easily reach the station of Genova Brignole – the city’s biggest train station – and travel by Cinque Terre Express train to every village in the area.
In case you’re already in Italy, here’s a guide on how to reach the Cinque Terre by train from the country’s biggest cities.
The main train station in Florence is Santa Maria Novella, in the heart of the city. With Trenitalia, you can travel from Santa Maria Novella (first departure: 06:08) to La Spezia Centrale directly in 2h 43min. From La Spezia, you can take the Cinque Terre Express and start your journey in the National Park.
Similar to those travelling from Florence, travelling by train from Rome to Cinque Terre will require at least one change at La Spezia train station. The first train departs every day from Roma Termini at 06:57 and arrives at La Spezia Centrale at 10:44.
If you’re travelling from Milan, you can reach Monterosso (Cinque Terre) train station without changing train. The first train departs from Milano Centrale at 06:10 every day and arrives at Monterosso at 09:05 (2h 55min). From Monterosso, you can take the Cinque Terre Express and visit the other four villages of the Cinque Terre in total relaxation.
Are you thinking of visiting the “Cinque Terre” by train? Here are some suggestions for places to visit and how to reach the main attraction points. Jump on the Cinque Terre Express and get ready for adventures!
Founded in 1999, the Cinque Terre National Park was the first Italian national park. It’s located in the province of La Spezia, in Liguria, and includes the five Ligurian villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare, plus a part of the Municipality of Levanto (Punta Mesco) and La Spezia. The Park is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its 4300 hectares of land, the Park is currently the smallest in Italy but remains one of the most striking. The villages overlooking the sea, the pristine beaches, the beauty of the sea and the connection with the nearby mountains make it a place not to be missed. The Cinque Terre National Park has numerous trails designed for trekking and hiking, including the Sciacchetrail (named after the famous Cinque Terre wine – Sciacchetrà), and the Sentiero Azzurro (“blue path”), a very popular path that connects all the villages and allows you to have a breath-taking view of the Ligurian sea. If you love the sea, make sure to have a swim, snorkel or diving session in the pristine waters. Or, if you prefer to explore, the Cinque Terre is a perfect destination for Kayaking, with plenty of caves and waterfalls dotting the area.
The famous "Via dell' Amore" (road of love) is a hiking trail popular with climbers and trekkers all over the world. Perhaps the most famous stretch of all the Cinque Terre, the Via dell' Amore is the section of the Sentiero Azzurro (a stretch connecting Riomaggiore and Monterosso) that stretches for 1km between Riomaggiore and Manarola. The path has a magical atmosphere: it seems almost carved into the hard rock of the Ligurian coast and winds along the rocky wall overlooking the sea. The history of the path of the Via dell' Amore dates back to the early 20th-century during the modernisation of the Genoa – La Spezia railway, when railway workers needed a path to move between Riomaggiore and Manarola during the construction of the tunnel between two villages. Legend has it that this path became a meeting point for lovers of the two cities. The Via dell' Amore is today the most famous site for tourists visiting the Cinque Terre. Today it is a flat pedestrian path, suitable for a pleasant walk that offers spectacular views of the cliffs, the vineyards and the sea. To access it, you need to purchase an admission ticket.
Visiting the city
Monterosso al Mare is the most famous village among the five municipalities of the Cinque Terre Park, as well as the most densely populated. It’s in the middle of a small natural gulf in the westernmost part of the Cinque Terre. Built on the ruins of an ancient pre-Roman settlement, the village dates to the 9th-century and still preserves monuments dating back to that era. If you love culture and history, you can’t visit the Cinque Terre without stopping in Monterosso! Here you can find the statue of Neptune, also known as the Statue of the Giant, an imposing reinforced concrete structure dating back to 1910 built to celebrate the well-known God of the Sea. You can also find the Aurora Tower, a lookout post built in the 16th-century to protect the Republic of Genoa from attacks by the Pirates, as well as the Church of San Giovanni Battista, the Eramo di Sant'Antonio del Mesco and the Capuchin convent complex. As its name recalls, Monterosso al Mare is also a place well known for the beauty of its beaches: from Punta Mesco, the mountain by the Gulf of Monterosso, it’s possible to admire the cliffs of the Cinque Terre Park, while on the beach of Fegina you can rest and enjoy a day at sea. Monterosso is also the arrival point of the Sentiero Azzurro, an invaluable hiking trail.
The best beaches
The Cinque Terre are famous all over the world for the beauty of the sea and their beaches. Incredibly popular with tourists during the summer, the Cinque Terre coasts are characterised by a rocky and jagged profile, enclosed by two headlands. This shape creates small bays and inlets between the rocks, with absolutely crystal clear seas. The most famous beach is in Monterosso Al Mare, Fedina, which is sandy, unlike the typical rocky beaches of the Ligurian Riviera. In Vernazza, you can find two small beaches near the centre of the village, from which you can admire the Castello dei Doria, an ancient building that dominates the whole village. In Corniglia, there’s the beach of Guvano, one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole region.
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