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La Spezia

La Spezia is one of the provinces of Liguria, and a beautiful city in its own right. The city is a good base to explore the Ligurian coast, including the Cinque Terre as it is only an 8 minute train journey from the first of the five towns, Riomaggiore. The town is worth exploring in its own right, with a beach and plenty to do.

Trains to/from Genoa and Pisa run frequently to La Spezia. There are also regional train services available to the Cinque Terre.

How to get to La Spezia from
Route 1:

There are a couple of different options for travel between Pisa and Genoa; you can either travel via the Cinque Terre on a Regionale train, or take a faster InterCity route which travels along the same route but stops less frequently. The Regionale train described here runs less frequently direct to Pisa, although there are plenty of services travelling to La Spezia (around 8mins from Riomaggiore) which has plenty of onward services to Pisa. In fact, there is only one direct service between Genoa and Pisa each day, and only travelling to Pisa. If you want to travel at any other time, or in the opposite direction, you will need to catch an InterCity service, or travel indirectly, via La Spezia.

This route is operated by single decker trains (as opposed to the double decker services found on other Regionale routes). Between La Spezia and Genoa, the journey passes along the coast, stopping at the Cinque Terre (Riomaggiore).

Route 2:

If you are travelling to the Cinque Terre, the five picturesque towns perched on Italy's coast, there is no better way to travel than by train. The five towns, Monterosso, Corniglia, Vernazza, Manarola and Riomaggiore, are each linked by the train route that runs between Genoa and La Spezia.

Ferries also link four of the towns (Corniglia isn't served by the ferries as it is high on a mountain top). Ferry passes are available each day, but be aware that boats often do not run due to adverse weather conditions.

The train line linking the towns runs very frequently, providing an almost hop-on hop-off service for visitors to the towns. If you are planning on visiting the Cinque Terre over one, two or three days, it is best to buy a pass from one of the five stations' ticket offices. The pass entitles the bearer to unlimited use of the trains between the towns, as well as free use of the various trails in the area. If you buy a pass, be sure to validate it using the yellow ticket validation machines at the station on the day you wish the ticket validity to start.