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Cinque Terre (literally meaning five lands) are 5 villages on the Italian Riviera. They are located in the Liguria region, west of the city of La Spezia. The five villages (in order, from north to south) are Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides together form the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Visitors intending to walk the trails between the villages of Cinque Terre National Park are required to obtain a Cinque Terre Card. The card may be supplemented with additional payment in order to avail of unlimited use of train and ferry services.
|Cinque Terre Card (Basic)||€5.00||€8.00||€10.00||€20.00|
|Cinque Terre Card Treno (Train)||€8.50||€14.70||€19.50||€36.50|
|Cinque Terre Card Battello (Ferry)||€19.50||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Rates correct as of December 2009. Different rates available for children between 4 and 12 years of age, school student groups, senior citizens over 70 years of age, family and large group of more than 25 people. Consult the rates here (PDFs at the bottom of the page).
The Cinque Terre Card provides the following services:
The Cinque Terre Card Treno allows unlimited train travel on the Levanto - La Spezia Centrale line (on Regional and Interregional trains in 2nd class) in the period of card validity.
The Cinque Terre Card Battello allows unlimited train travel as per Cinque Terre Card Treno as well as unlimited ferry travel within the Marine Protected Area of the Cinque Terre.
No card is required to access generic public areas, nor to walk short distance from the villages or inside them, nor to walk on the high path (no 1 and related). Check your route at the Information Centres to determine is the card is required.
Summers from June to September are warm, dry and sunny with occasional rainshowers. Temperatures are generally around 28 °C to 30 °C and warm nights of around 22 °C. Winters see more rain and average temperatures of around 10 °C to 14 °C during the day and still well above zero at night. Spring and early autumn are the best times for a visit, avoiding hot weather, most of the rain and the crowds that occupy the towns in July and August. Late autumn tend to be very wet. The rain may be and is often accompanied by storm, making the sea condition unsuitable for getting around by ferry and also by foot, as some of the paths would be closed for safety reasons.
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Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (GOA) is the nearest convenient place to arrive by plane, but services are limited to Rome, Paris, London, Madrid, Monaco, Naples, Cagliari and Catania. New routes to Bari (from 15 January 2010) and Trapani (from May 2010) have been announced by Ryanair.
Alternatively, Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport (PSA) can be used, which offers more options for both domestic and international arrivals. Apart from the cities listed for Genoa Airport, Pisa airport also connects to cities of Alghero, Brindisi, Palermo, Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Valencia, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Brussels, Marrakech and Malta among many others.
From the south, La Spezia is a stop point for connection to Cinque Terre. Trains from Pisa takes approximately an hour while trains from Rome have journey time of approximately 4 hours. Onward journey to the villages can be done using the frequent regional trains.
Driving is not advisable in Cinque Terre. Visitors are urged to leave their car at Levanto or La Spezia, and take the train to Cinque Terre.
Cooperativa Battellieri del Golfo Paradiso has services from Genoa in summer, while from late March to October Consorzio Maritimo Turistico Cinque Terre Golfo dei Poeti in La Spezia runs daily shuttle boats between all of the Cinque Terre villages, except Corniglia. Seasonal boats also go to Santa Margherita. Service subject to weather conditions.
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Driving is not advisable, giving the narrow and bendy roads as well as the nature of the villages perching on clifftops overlooking the sea. Visitors are advised to leave their car at La Spezia or Levanto, and take the train to Cinque Terre.
Walking trails connect the five villages. In winter months, beware of the sea storms which may close down the walking trails.
Biking trails are available although visitors are advised to be somewhat experienced, as the trails are not always easy to tackle, given the geography of the region.
|Affittacamere Patrizia||Via Colombo 94 Riomaggiore||Hostel||74|
|Camping La Sfinge||Localita Gea 5 La Spezia, Deiva Marina,19013||Campsite||82|
|Camping Valdeiva||Loc. Ronco Deiva Marina||Campsite||86|
|Cinque Terre Holidays||Via Colombo 94 Riomaggiore||Hostel||67|
|Hostel Ospitalia del Mare||Via San Nicolò 1 Levanto||Hostel||85|
|La Dolce Vita Rooms||Via Colombo 120||Guesthouse||86|
|Locanda Ca dei Duxi||Via Colombo 36 Via Colombo 36||Hotel||84|
|Mar-Mar||via Malborghetto, 4 Riomaggiore||Hostel||78|
|Ostello Corniglia||Via Alla Stazione 3||Hostel||81|
|Ostello Tramonti||Via Fabio Filzi 110 Biassa||Hostel||82|
|Residence Hotel Kriss||Piazza doria 3 Deiva Marina||Hotel||-|
|Rina Rooms||Via Ettore, 9 Vernazza (La spezia)||Guesthouse||84|
|Rooms Elisabetta||Via Carattino, 62||Guesthouse||88|
|Villaggio Turistico La Francesca||località La Francesca s/n Cinque Terre||Apartment||77|
|Affittacamere Alessandro Carro||Via Marcantonio Carattino 66||Apartment||85|
|Gigi||via Colombo Riomaggiore||Apartment||-|
|Villaggio Valdeiva||Localita' Gea||Guesthouse||84|
|Affittacamere Ca dei Lisci||Via colombo 36||Guesthouse||82|
|Lunarossa Hotel||Via Valle 4/bis Riccò del Golfo di Spezia||Hotel||83|
|Hotel Florida Lerici||Lungomare Biaggini 35 Lerici (SP)||Hotel||-|
|Guelfi Giulia Affittacamere||Via Fieschi 4/6 Corniglia||Apartment||85|
|La Casetta||Via Solferino 43||Apartment||87|
|La Mansarda||Via Solferino 30 Corniglia||Apartment||86|
|Hotel La Zorza||Via Colombo 231 Riomaggiore||Hotel||83|
|Le Sirene||Via Molinelli 10 Monterosso al mare||Guesthouse||82|
|Lovely Apartments||Via della Piazza 24 Biassa||APARTMENT||-|
|Eos 2||Via del Santuario 216b Riomaggiore||Apartment||-|
|Corniglia Dream Rooms||Via Solferino 34 Corniglia||GUESTHOUSE||80|
|La Casa di Venere||Via Colombo 194 Riomaggiore||Guesthouse||-|
|Camere Enrica||Via San Francesco 5 Vernazza||Apartment||83|
|A Vigna Du Raffa||Via San Martino, 6 Monterosso al Mare||Apartment||89|
|Corniglia Dreams||Via Fieschi 156 Corneglia||Apartment||-|
|Casa Caterina||Via Fieschi 156 Corniglia||Apartment||83|
|Antica Porta delle Cinque Terre||Piazza Marconi, 31 - Pignone (SP) Pignone||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Il Girasole rooms||Via Fieschi 93 Corniglia||Guesthouse||86|
|Lisettarooms||Via Mazzini n° 8 Vernazza La Spezia||APARTMENT||-|
|AltraVista Sport and Rooms||19015 Levanto - SPLoc. Fontona - via San Michele||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Starfish Holidays||Via Colombo 135, 19017 Riomaggiore||APARTMENT||-|
|Locanda Dalla Compagnia||via Del Santuario n239 Riomaggiore||APARTMENT||-|
|Hotel Villa Argentina||Via A. de Gasperi, 170 Riomaggiore||HOTEL||-|
|Giovanni Rooms||Via Ettore Cozzani, 2219 Manarola||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Starfish Holidays City view||Via Colombo||APARTMENT||-|
|B&B Marisa||Via Molinelli 24 Monterosso||Bed & Breakfast||-|
|Michela Rooms Vernazza||Via Fornacchi 8, Vernazza (La Spezia)||APARTMENT||-|
|Michela Rooms Manarola||Via Rollandi 221 Manarola SP||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Suisse Bellevue||Via Privata Domenico Montale Monterosso al Mare||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Il BoMa B&B||Via Colombo 99 Riomaggiore||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Villaggio Turistico Costa Morroni||Localita'Palazzetto, Pia di Fontona Levanto||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Da Luciano||via Colombo 25 Riomaggiore||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Sul Porto||via Colombo 25, Riomaggiore||APARTMENT||80|
|Ca' del Golfo||Via Paola Olivieri 8 Levanto||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|U Cantu du Ma||via 4 Novembre 7 Fegina||APARTMENT||-|
|Casa della Vecchia Posta||via Alla Stazione 14 Corniglia||APARTMENT||-|
|Viadeibanchi||Via Colombo 148 Riomaggiore||GUESTHOUSE||86|
|Affittacamere San Giorgio||Via Discovolo 280 Manarola||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Case Rosse||Via Colombo 25 Riomaggiore||GUESTHOUSE||83|
|Lulu Rooms||Via Visconti, 15 Vernazza (La Spezia)||APARTMENT||-|
|Villino Azzurra||Via Solferino 25 Corniglia||APARTMENT||-|
|Affittacamere Da Silvia||Via Colombo 194 Riomaggiore||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|B&B da Beppe||Via Serra 2 Corniglia di Vernazza||GUESTHOUSE||85|
|B&B Sant'Andrea||Piazza dei Boggiani 1 Levanto||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Scorci di Mare||Via San Giacomo 82 Riomaggiore||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Ca'del Michele||Via Pasubio 58 -Volastra Riomaggiore||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Affittacamere L'Arcobaleno||via del Santuario Loc. Lavaccio Riomaggiore||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|I Coralli Guesthouse||Via san pietro 17 Monterosso al Mare||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Aclapartments||Via Baluardo 50 Manarola||APARTMENT||83|
|Cinque Terre's Base||Via del Prione 91 La Spezia||APARTMENT||-|
|Sandra Villa Rooms||Via Fieschi 212 Corniglia||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostel 5 Terre||Via Riccobaldi 21 Manarola||HOSTEL||83|
|Affittacamere Anita||via Padre Semeria 3 Monterosso al Mare||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Pensione Sorriso||via Gavino 4 Vernazza||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Ca' de Baran Apartments||Via Birolli 50 Manarola||APARTMENT||-|
|Da Baranin||via Rollandi 29 Manarola||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|5 Terre Casanova - Carugio||Via del Santo 72 Vernazza||APARTMENT||-|
|5 Terre Casanova Castello||Via San Giovanni Battista 6 Vernazza||APARTMENT||-|
|Francamaria Rooms||piazza Marconi 30 Vernazza||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Palme||Via IV Novembre 18 Monterosso al Mare||HOTEL||-|
|Il Rustico||Via Fieschi 156 Corniglia||APARTMENT||-|
|Hotel Il Giglio||Via Garibaldi frazione San Terenzo 16||Hotel||-|
|Albergo Serena||Via della libertà 22||Hotel||-|
|Ca' de Gianchi||via Discovolo 232 Manarola||GUESTHOUSE||86|
|Ca' de Gianchi Apartment||via Discovolo 232 - Manarola||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Caribana||via Colombo 181 (ground floor) Riomaggiore||HOSTEL||-|
|Casa Fuori Casa||via Colombo 181||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Albergo Marina||Via Buranco 40||HOTEL||-|
|Affittacamere Rollando||Via Carattino, 5 Vernazza||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Camere Nicolina||piazza Marconi 29 Vernazza||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Due Gemelli||Via Litoranea 1 Riomaggiore||HOTEL||-|
|Ca Da Iride||Via del Santuario, 162b Riomaggiore||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|La Baia di Lerici||Via Cavour 14 Lerici||Guesthouse||-|
|Sunset House Cinque Terre||Vicolo della valle 15, Riomaggiore||APARTMENT||-|
|La Vigna di Gigi||via dei Molini 26 Manarola||GUESTHOUSE||-|
Almost all towns and cities in Italy have internet cafes. A growing number of budget hostels and nicer hotels have free Wifi. By law all public-access internet points must keep records of web sites viewed by customers, and even the customer's ID: expect to be refused access if you don't provide identification. Hotels providing Internet access are not required to record IDs if the connection is provided in the guest's room, although if the connection is offered in the main public hall then IDs are required. Publicly available wireless access without user identification is illegal, so open Wi-Fi hotspots (like the ones you might expect to find in a mall or cafée) all have some form of (generally one-time) registration.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The main networks are TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile, part of Telecom Italia, formerly state controlled), Vodafone, Wind, and 3 (only UMTS cellphones). Best advice is to buy a prepaid SIM card (from € 10 upwards) and a cheap mobile phone (€ 19 upwards) to put it in (if you don't have a cellphone already that you can use). It will be much more practical. All land line numbers start with 0. Mobile numbers start with 3. Numbers starting with 89 are high-fee services. In case of emergency call the appropriate number from the list below. Such calls are usually free and calls to 112, 113 (police), 115 (fire), 118 (health) can be made from payphones for free without the need of inserting coins. 112 (standard emergency number in GSM specification) can be dialed in any case for free from any mobile phone.
Post Italiane is the national postal services of Italy and has quite an efficient network of postal offices and reliable postal services. Standard letters and postcards (up to 20 grams) cost €0.39 to send within Europe and the Mediterranean countries outside Europe and €0.41 to all other destinations throughout the country. Up to 50 grams, prices start at €0.52 for Europe, €0.62 for other areas. Packages start at €1.55 within Europe, and around €2.50 for other countries. Post office business hours in Italy are from 8:30am to 2:00pm from Monday to Friday, with closing times at Saturday and the last day of the month at 12 noon. In general, larger post offices in bigger cities and in tourist areas keep longer hours than those in local towns. Also note that business hours in the south might be different than the north, with longer hours at night, especially in summer! If you want to send packages you might try faster and more reliable/efficient private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.
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