I heard of the Cinque Terre (pronounced CHINKWEH-TEH-RAY) while planning my very first trip to Italy. After seeing some pictures online and immediately falling in love with the colored coastal towns, I practically took an online photo journey to the Cinque Terre! And then I wondered how to reach the “Cinque Terre“?? I found the right information online and locals who helped me to reach. So here’s a post on how to reach Cinque Terre from Venice, Rome and Florence. Hope you enjoy it with a little photo journey!
How to Reach the Cinque Terre
How to Reach the Cinque Terre From Florence:
Reaching Cinque Terre from Florence is very simple. Buy your tickets online from Trenitalia or from the ticket counter at the train station “Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station”. Make sure you buy a train ticket for “La Spezia Centrale” .
Once you have the ticket, don’t forget to stamp/validate them by placing them inside the black line (picture below). Once you have your ticket, board the train to La Spezia Centrale and in about 2.5 hours you’ll be there. After this, take a smaller local train to the Cinque Terre village you are staying in. I suggest you to first go to the towns of Cinque Terre where your accommodation is booked. (or where you want to first go!)
For instance, if your accommodation is booked in Monterosso al mare, take a ticket from La Spezia Centrale to Monterosso al mare. It is the last station of the Cinque Terre villages and usually takes about 15 minutes to reach from La Spezia Centrale.
Similarly, if you are staying in Riomaggiore or want to stop there, it happens to be the first stop from La Spezia Centrale. All train timetables are available on the website of Trenitalia. There are trains every few minutes to take you to the Cinque Terre from La Spezia.
How to Reach the Cinque Terre From Rome:
If you’re visiting Cinque Terre from Rome, book a train ticket (as explained above) from Roma Termini/Roma Tutte le Stazioni to La Spezia Centrale. The fastest train takes only 3.5 to 4 hours from Rome and I highly recommend booking the Frecciabianca especially if you want to save time. The journey will be more comfortable, direct and super fast!
How to Reach the Cinque Terre From Venice:
If you’re visiting Cinque Terre from Venice, remember you’re taking a journey to the opposite side of Italy. Applying the same methods to book tickets as mentioned above, take a train from Venezia Santa Lucia/Venezia Tutte le Stazioni to La Spezia Centrale.
There is usually a change of trains at Bologna or Florence (Firenze). The journey is long and will easily take about 5-6 hours. There are other options to reach Cinque Terre by hiring a private car or booking a tour.
Personally, I would recommend a train journey to everyone as it is not only breathtaking but also comfortable and easy!
Did you know??
Cinque Terre means “Five Lands” in Italian. The villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso el Mare are part of the five lands. These villages are located in the Northern part of Italy’s Liguria region!!
A Photo Journey to the Cinque Terre
Stay in less touristy towns such as La Spezia or Biassa. I also recommend taking a trip to the sleepy colorful village of Tellaro or visiting the much bigger town of Lerici.
Did you know- After Rick Steves visited the Cinque Terre, the place became very famous among the Americans!
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MeenakshiApril 14, 2018 at 8:06 am
Wow wow….Those gorgeous pics and your detailed guide is all one ought to rely upon when travelling to this picturesque Italian region. Those snapshots of the tunnels and the sea-view are breathtaking,Ishita ☺
IshitaApril 15, 2018 at 9:42 pm
Thanks Meenakshi. Hope you can get there soon 🙂
Anuradha GoyalApril 13, 2018 at 10:33 am
5 islands sound interesting. Are they still independent islands or they have been joined by land.
IshitaApril 13, 2018 at 10:47 am
These are 5 seaside villages not islands.
Rudy OwensNovember 6, 2017 at 12:26 am
Loved the place. The walk linking the 5 towns is one of the funnest I’ve done anywhere I have ever done. I stayed in the monastery Santuario Nostra Signora di Soviore in Monterosso al Mare. Brilliant place. Funny, people complained about it being stark, nothing to do, etc. That’s what a monastery is supposed to be. If you want to party, drink heavily, stay elsewhere. If you want spectacular views and calm, consider this place. I like that you can use ancient paths to descend or climb. Highly recommend it.
IshitaNovember 6, 2017 at 1:11 pm
Thanks Rudy. I will check this monastery. I agree when people crib about useless things, especially when they know what they signed up for!
lindaravelloMarch 2, 2016 at 6:50 pm
My friend Maria goes to Cinque Terre every year – we drove through this region last year on our way back from Tuscany and think it deserves a longer stay.
Lovey photos x
IshitaMarch 2, 2016 at 6:54 pm
Lucky her, every year :O I think too. My 3 nights weren’t enough either 😛 Grazie mille.
priyankamahajan26February 11, 2016 at 8:09 pm
Beautiful pictures.. 🙂
IshitaFebruary 11, 2016 at 8:23 pm
Thanks PM 🙂
FrancisFebruary 10, 2016 at 2:55 pm
IshitaFebruary 10, 2016 at 2:58 pm
Thank you 🙂
larsnapolesFebruary 7, 2016 at 6:26 pm
IshitaFebruary 8, 2016 at 12:25 am
TheRavenwoodReviewFebruary 3, 2016 at 11:03 pm
Of all the places I’ve been to in Italy, Corniglia is my favorite. It’s so much smaller than the other villages and the people that live and work there are amazing. The first time we went there, we picked up some salame, foccaia, cheese and wine and had a picnic at the marina and watched the sunset. Breathtaking…..
IshitaFebruary 3, 2016 at 11:38 pm
I know away from the sea its a different place from the rest. I love its church and the fresh fruits at the corner near the church 🙂 glad you had fun.
ShereeFebruary 1, 2016 at 1:07 pm
Lovely photographs! I live in Nice and frequently pop over the border into Bella Italia.
IshitaFebruary 1, 2016 at 1:07 pm
How fun and lucky you 😉
susanpotsJanuary 27, 2016 at 2:44 am
We visited Cinque Terre in early May, before the busy tourist season. Got a good price on a hotel, loved the near-empty beaches. We could enjoy the quiet in the evenings and early morning when all the day-tourists left. You could see a river of people descend on each town as the trains pulled in full of cruise-boat tourists almost every hour.
IshitaJanuary 27, 2016 at 10:30 am
Ah must be lovely then. I went in September 2.5 years back. I will plan to go there in the off season next time 🙂
upyourforkJanuary 26, 2016 at 9:28 am
I’m going there this summer, and this post just got me so excited for my trip!
IshitaJanuary 26, 2016 at 9:37 am
Oh what fun! 🙂
IshitaJune 20, 2016 at 3:41 pm
How was your CT trip?
MerrillJanuary 23, 2016 at 5:00 pm
Ive known about Cinque Terre from Rick Steves and after 3 trips to Italy still haven’t visited! Hopefully there will be a next time – soon. It’s very photogenic!
IshitaJanuary 23, 2016 at 7:56 pm
It really is. Touristy but beautiful! Hope you visit soon 🙂
twotravelfanaticsJanuary 19, 2016 at 10:59 am
Love your photo’s. If I can’t be there they were the next best thing!
IshitaJanuary 19, 2016 at 11:05 am
Thank you so much 🙂 I am glad you could enjoy the virtual tour
mikyricciaJanuary 18, 2016 at 1:05 pm
I had the pleasure to lead some small groups of people around 5 terre by train & it is really nice & easy to visit , sometimes too crowded but in low season it’s fine! Ever tasted the sciacchetrà wine ?sooo delicious 😋😋
IshitaJanuary 18, 2016 at 1:28 pm
What fun 🙂 Si, I have. Cinque Terre is a wonderful region of the Bel Paese.
bunnytrailingJanuary 18, 2016 at 7:23 am
Visiting CT counts as a lifetime experience!! So glad we did on your recommendation 🙂
IshitaJanuary 18, 2016 at 8:19 am
Grazie mille pb. I’m glad you guys did!
timelessitalyJanuary 17, 2016 at 10:18 am
Very nice post Ishita…how this area of Italy enchants me!
IshitaJanuary 17, 2016 at 9:24 pm
Grazie Susan, I always connect Liguria with you 🙂
timelessitalyJanuary 17, 2016 at 10:38 pm
I could go back in a heartbeat!
ambrosiastitchesJanuary 16, 2016 at 4:53 pm
Beautiful pictures. All my Italian friends say Cinque Terre is a must see. …. Hopefully this year!
IshitaJanuary 16, 2016 at 6:39 pm
I hope you can visit, cara 🙂
Debra KolkkaJanuary 15, 2016 at 10:06 am
Cinque Terre is only a couple of hours from our place and we have been a few times. My favourite thing to do there is to take the boat between the villages…the perfect way to see them
IshitaJanuary 15, 2016 at 10:49 am
For me the perfect way was hiking but il also try your option when I visit again someday!
Valerie RiceJanuary 14, 2016 at 10:53 pm
This is on my ‘must visit’ region of Italy for 2016.
IshitaJanuary 15, 2016 at 9:58 am
Super 🙂 Looking forward to your posts then
adhyasahibJanuary 14, 2016 at 7:22 am
cakep banget tempatnya mbak, itu ada foto il gato putih lagi tiduran lucu banget, tempatnya keren abis 😉
Diana LynnJanuary 14, 2016 at 3:09 am
What a lovely set of photos!!!!!
IshitaJanuary 14, 2016 at 7:30 am
Grazie mille, cara 🙂
Megan | Caffeine & A Carry OnJanuary 14, 2016 at 1:01 am
I just love those colorful little houses!
IshitaJanuary 14, 2016 at 7:30 am
Me too 😀
LivingTheQLifeJanuary 13, 2016 at 10:55 pm
Beautiful pictures, we’ll have to try and get there someday!
IshitaJanuary 13, 2016 at 11:21 pm
Thank you 🙂 hope that’s soon.
Riccardo BarcucciJanuary 13, 2016 at 7:28 pm
Nice article, Ishita! Regards. Riccardo
IshitaJanuary 13, 2016 at 11:19 pm
Grazie Riccardo 🙂
margieinitalyJanuary 13, 2016 at 7:14 pm
Wonderful memories and beautiful photos, Ishita!!! I love the Cinque Terre as well!!
IshitaJanuary 13, 2016 at 11:20 pm
Thank you Margie. So happy to see you hear. I loved your travels to cinque Terre in your book :*
TanjaJanuary 13, 2016 at 7:11 pm
Great photos! I have yet to visit Cinque Terre:)
IshitaJanuary 13, 2016 at 11:20 pm
Thank you Tanja 🙂 hope soon
Stefania BufanoJanuary 13, 2016 at 5:38 pm
Reblogged this on Make Italy Yours.
sosopaterJanuary 13, 2016 at 4:26 pm
Belle foto, bell posto, belli
IshitaJanuary 13, 2016 at 4:29 pm
Grazie mille, sosopater 🙂
faithbradytravelJanuary 13, 2016 at 4:23 pm
Beautiful pictures! This is one adventure in Italy that I unfortunately didn’t get to have but I’m due for another trip 🙂
IshitaJanuary 13, 2016 at 4:25 pm
Thank you 🙂 When do you plan to visit again? There is always a next time with Italy. One time doesn’t suffice 😉
faithbradytravelJanuary 13, 2016 at 4:31 pm
I lived with an Italian family in Turin during high school and I’ve been back to visit a few times but it’s been awhile now. I don’t think any number of times will suffice 🙂 It’s such an amazing country.
IshitaJanuary 13, 2016 at 4:35 pm
Lucky you! Turin is on my list. Absolutelty
Vikas AcharyaJanuary 13, 2016 at 4:12 pm
IshitaJanuary 13, 2016 at 4:18 pm
Thanks Vikas 🙂
Vikas AcharyaJanuary 13, 2016 at 4:23 pm
my pleasure dear 🙂