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The Cinque Terre from Lucca

- 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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Lucca is one of the art cities of Tuscany located at an accessible distance for a day visit to the Cinque Terre.
The distance by train varies from two to two and a half hours of travel, with two changes, in Pisa Centrale and La Spezia Centrale, with combinations of Intercity and regional trains.
Riomaggiore is the closest stop to Lucca, then Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso.
Check the timetables on the Trenitalia website.
Arriving at La Spezia Centrale train station, one option is to take the boat and see the Cinque Terre from the sea.

By car on the other hand, distances and travel times are:
- Lucca-Riomaggiore: 1 hour and 20 minutes, 90 km, toll 9 euros, fuel 10 euros.

- Lucca-Manarola: 1 hour and 20 minutes, 90 km, toll 9 euros, fuel 10 euros.

- Lucca-Corniglia: 1 hour and 40 minutes, 105 km, toll 9 euros, fuel 12 euros.

- Lucca-Vernazza: 1 hour and 40 minutes, 105 km, toll 9 euros, fuel 12 euros.

- Lucca-Monterosso: 1 hour and 40 minutes, 115 km, toll 11 euros, fuel 13 euros.

The road to Riomaggiore and Manarola is easier. Up to Corniglia and Vernazza there are many tight and tortuous curves. For Monterosso the stretch from Levanto is characterized by a continuous ups and downs.

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 Livorno? Here are some suggestions:


    And if you want to visit Lucca from the Cinque Terre instead. Here's what to visit in one day:

  • Piazza Anfiteatro: the ancient Roman amphitheater, with its elliptical shape, the heart of Lucca.
  • Renaissance walls: they surround the center of Lucca, 4 km long, accessible on foot.
  • Cathedral of Lucca: the cathedral of San Martino, an imposing building, with a wonderful facade decorated with marble and Gothic arches.
  • Torre Guinigi: the most important noble tower, 45 meters high, with the characteristic holm oak trees crowning it.
  • Church of San Michele in Foro: beautiful Gothic building.
  • Basilica of San Frediano: in Romanesque style, with the characteristic mosaic on the facade.
  • Torre delle Ore: with the 18th century clock, visible mechanism, which can be visited by climbing 207 steps.
  • Botanical garden: two hectares of gardens next to the historic center: plant species, medicinal herbs and wild plants, centuries-old plants.
  • Palazzo Pfanner: eighteenth-century Baroque palace with garden, statues and fountain.
  • National Museum of Palazzo Mansi: from the 16th century, it houses works by Pietro Testa, Luca Giordano, Tintoretto or Flemish and French artists.