Piazza Regina Margherita 1 - Vezzano Basso, Vezzano Ligure, La Spezia, Italian Riviera, 19020, Italy
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The Mediterranean crashing upon the cliffs
Beach of Monterosso
Spectacular rocks in Cinque Terre
Is La Spezia a nice place to stay to visit Cinque Terre? Are there trains from La Spezia to the five cities? Are there in La Spezia a nice and no very expansive hotel?
Yes, there are trains from La Spezia to Cinque Terre. If you buy the Cinque Terre Card, you have unlimited train runs on the line La Spezia-Levanto.
We chose to stay in Levanto at the 'other end' and had a great time.
There are lots of trains to the five villages (def not cities!) from La Sp.
If you don't want to walk the copast path you do not need to buy a CT card....train fares are very cheap.
You can find train times, details and fares in English here:
I found La Sp to be a pleasant town, with a couple of interesting museums and a good market. It makes a good base for exploring the CT, although as a working port it is obviously not as pretty as the villages themselves.
Have a look at the Vt La Spezia pages for lots of ideas about what to see/do:
I have pages and tips on La Sp, Riomaggiore, Vernazza and Corniglia.
For hotels, I always use www.venere.com when I visit Italy. It lists almost all Italian hotels, has good mapping and honest guest reviews (you can't post a review unless you complete a booking through them). It won't take any money from you unless you don't turn upand offers good rates.
We also stayed in Levanto and loved it! You are very close to the Cinque Terre towns and you can even walk to them. Levanto has a great beach and great restaurants. My vote goes for Levanto.
A couple of links:
Travel Tips for La Spezia
... stay in Vernazza. During...
... stay in Vernazza. During August, Italians also takes their holiday so you have to be creative in getting accomodation. At the very last resort, go to Monterosso. You should be able to find accomodation there. Absoulutely spend a meal at the square in front of the Harbor in Vernazza. Same goes for the restaurant in fron tof the harbor in Manarola...or is it Maranola, I can't keep it straight. Definitely hiking through the five towns and stopping for a snack or a meal in Riomagiore, Manarola and Vernazza. Same goes for picking up picnic items in Manarola and hiking to a secluded beach right off Corniglia.
Cinque means 5 and Terre means lands. The 5 towns in order are Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso.
Riomaggiore is Village no. 1, it also has a little harbor which is beautifully lit up at night. Some people prefer to stay here.
The gulf and the mountains
The city is located at the center of the La Spezia Gulf called often "Golfo dei poeti" = Poets' Gulf.
Driving to Lerici (south) you can stop for the moment to admire a view to the gulf and the Appeninen Mountains in the background or just stay for longer to enjoy the city beach.
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"Welcome to Italy!"
I have always dreamed of living in Italy, but the challenge for me was where to live. I always knew I didn't want to live in a touristy city like Rome or Florence, but then again I didn't want to be to far from the action. I always dreamed of coming across a mid sized Italian city that was close to the major cities but away from the tourism. La Spezia proved to be just that. Located just minutes from Cinque Terre and only a few hours by train to Florence, the location of the city is perfect. The layout of the city is very Italian, with its old buildings literally on top of each other and the pedestrian only streets and plaza's. But it was the towering greens hills that surround the city and the smell of the ocean that sold me on its charm. I found that this was a wonderful place to stay during my visit to Cinque Terre and the best part was that I now have a city to match my dreams!
utttz's portovenere and, if I find some pic, leric
La spezia is mainly a militar harbour in a fantastic gulf called "golfo dei poeti": poets gulf.. why? just because a bunch of english poets were used to spend a lot of time in this gulf... actually one died while he was trying to cross the gulf from portovenere to lerici or viceversa.. Byron, shelley...it's on you to discover wich of the two... it should be easy as the other one died in greece. the only pics I have are winter pics... shot during a new year cruise some years ago... I promise next time I'll bring my camera!
so, this is portovenere
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Address: Piazza Regina Margherita 1 - Vezzano Basso, Vezzano Ligure, La Spezia, Italian Riviera, 19020, Italy