flen Posted November 10, 2013 #1 Share Posted November 10, 2013 Based on my pre-cruise experience looking for information on doing Cinque Terra from La Spezia, I would suggest a separate thread that does not debate Cinque Terra versus Florence, but simply helps planning a visit to Cinque Terra from La Spezia. The bottom line, despite a few challenges, this is an easy trip to do DIY and extremely rewarding. Cinque Terra is gorgeous!! We got off our boat, took a shuttle to the edge of the port area, and then walked about 1 mile to the train station. Despite having checked train schedules right before we left and double checked at the information booth at the port (all of which showed trains running about every 20 minutes), schedules had changed again and we missed a train by 5 minutes and had a 1.5 hour wait. You do not buy your ticket at the regular train ticket window but instead go to an office on track 1 (to the right). We went all the way to Montossoro to start (1/2 hour ride), then walked south to Vernazza along the coast route. This walk on paper seemed short (1 mile), quick and easy, but it had a lot of up and down hilly sections and took almost 2 hours (so make sure you have water and suitable footwear). It was well worth the effort for the magnificent vistas. We had lunch in charming and beautiful Vernazza. Then took train to Manarosa, an even smaller town, for which one only needs a short time, but the next train was not for 1.5 hours. We would love to have walked on to Rio Magiorre, but Lover's Walk is still closed, so we skipped Rio Magiorre to make sure we got back to the boat on time. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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