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The Cinque Terre from Genoa

- 1. How to get
- 2. What to see
- 3. How to get around
- 4. Trekking trails
- 5. Book your trip from Genoa
- 6. What to see in Genoa in one day

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A trip to and from Genoa required above all by those who want to visit the Aquarium of Genoa and of course also see the historic center.

To get to Genoa from the Cinque Terre or vice versa, a suggestive option is the boat, along the Genoa-Camogli-Monterosso line of the Golfo Paradiso company. The trip includes a 3-hour stop in Monterosso and the view of the other villages from the sea.

The second option is the train. From Genoa Piazza Principe to Monterosso there are direct, intercity or regional trains, which take approximately one hour and 20 minutes and one hour and 40 minutes respectively. Or by changing at Levanto or Sestri Levante it is still possible to reach Monterosso and the other villages.
From Genoa, Monterosso is the closest stop to the Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore the furthest away.
Check the timetables on the Trenitalia website.

For those who prefer the car, distances and travel times are:
- Genoa-Riomaggiore: 1 hour and 50 minutes, 106 km, toll 7.50 euros, fuel 13 euros.

- Genoa-Manarola: 1 hour and 50 minutes, 103 km, toll 7 euros, fuel 13 euros.

- Genoa-Corniglia: 1 hour and 40 minutes, 100 km, toll 7 euros, fuel 13 euros.

- Genoa-Vernazza: 1 hour and 40 minutes, 100 km, toll 7 euros, fuel 13 euros.

- Genoa-Monterosso: 1 hour and 40 minutes, 90 km, toll 7 euros, fuel 11 euros.

For Monterosso, Vernazza and Corniglia, the motorway exit is that of Carrodano-Levanto, to go to Levanto and then to Monterosso, along an ups and downs that are sometimes tortuous. For Riomaggiore and Manarola the toll booth is that of Brugnato, passing through Borghetto Vara, Padivarma, Riccò del Golfo and La Spezia.
You can park your car in Levanto or La Spezia and take the train.

Detailed informations on how to get to each village:

  • How to get to Riomaggiore?
  • How to get to Manarola?
  • How to get to Corniglia?
  • How to get to Vernazza?
  • How to get to Monterosso?

  • Detailed information on where to park in each village:
  • Parking in Riomaggiore
  • Parking in Manarola
  • Parking in Corniglia
  • Parking in Vernazza
  • Parking in Monterosso

  • 2. WHAT TO SEE

    Here some suggestions on what to do and see in the five villages moving by train:
    The Cinque Terre in a day by train.

    Or if you stay for one night:
    The Cinque Terre in two days (one night).


    Surely the most recommendable option is the train, which allows you to comfortably visit all five villages with the Cinque Terre Card Train, which allows an unlimited number of journeys on regional trains between La Spezia and Levanto: Cinque Terre train timetable.


    For those with energy to spare, here are some suggestions on the paths to follow in one or two days:
    The Cinque Terre in one day on foot.
    The Cinque Terre in two days on foot.


    Do you prefer not to think about the organization and sit comfortably on a bus from Genoa? Here are some suggestions:


    And if you want to visit Genoa from the Cinque Terre instead. The Genoa aquarium is a great attraction for those who spend several days in this area. Here's what to visit in one day:

  • Porto Antico: renovated by Renzo Piano, with "Il Bigo", a structure with a panoramic lift inspired by port cranes.
  • Palazzo San Giorgio: seat of the Port Authority of Genoa, medieval building with the western facade entirely painted.
  • Cathedral of San Lorenzo: from the 12th century, decorated with alternating black and white bands, colors that symbolize nobility.
  • Old town: with the characteristic caruggi, the typically Ligurian narrow alleys: Piazza Matteotti, the Gesù church, the Archbishop's palace, the Romanesque church of San Donato, the former church of Sant'Agostino, piazza di Sarzano, Campopisano, the house of Cristoforo Colombo, church of Santi Ambrogio e Andrea
  • Piazza De Ferrari: central square of Genoa, with the large bronze fountain overlooked by the Palazzo della Borsa, the Ligustica Academy of Fine Arts and the Carlo Felice Theater.
  • Via Garibaldi: Unesco World Heritage Site, about 250 meters long, with the Palazzi Rolli, the palaces of the ancient Genoese families.
  • Spianata Castelletto and the view of Genoa from above.
  • Genova's aquarium: a must when visiting Genoa, perhaps the main attraction for young and old.