DESTINATIONS

LA SPEZIA – our starting point

The mooring from where our ferry departs at La Spezia is located on the Molo Italia about 200 meters from the Coast Guard and 300 meters from the Cruise Terminal.

See the map to find our information point and the boarding point .

We strongly recommend that you arrive on board with your travel document which will be stamped by the
crew. Depending on availability, it will also be possible to purchase your ticket on board.

  • Central station – Boarding point
  • Piazza Europa – Boarding point
  • La Spezia Parking- Boarding point
  • San Giorgio park – Boarding point
  • Porto Mirabello – Boarding point
  • Piazza d’armi – Boarding point
  • From the Cruise Terminal is a simple walk of less than 5 minutes.
  • From La Spezia Centrale railway station, it is about two kilometers on foot.
    The alternative is the Taxi or the Bus. In the latter case, take the bus to Lerici (Line L) and get off in Piazza Europa (the square where there is the Municipality of La Spezia). From Piazza Europa you cross the gardens towards the sea and, after crossing Viale Italia (the avenue that runs along the sea) you find yourself on the Molo Italia..
  • For those arriving at La Spezia by car there is free parking in Piazza d'Armi or at the Palasport with free shuttles to the city centre from which it is easy to reach the Molo Italia. More convenient, since close to the Molo Italia, the underground parking in Piazza Europa. It has a rate of € 1.5 per hour.

How to get to La Spezia

By car
The La Spezia motorway exit can be reached either via the A 12 (Genoa – Rosignano Marittima) or the A 15n (Parma – La Spezia).
– Free parking is located in Piazza d’Armi with free shuttles to the city center (via Chiodo) from which it is easy to reach the Molo Italia. It is not always possible to find a parking space in the summer in this car park.
– Other parking and free shuttles at the Palasport car park easily reachable coming from the motorway. Here you will always find a place. Also from here the shuttles arrive in via Chiodo.

At this link all the timetables of the free shuttles from Piazza d’armi and from Palasport. Among the paid parking lots, the most convenient and the closest to the boarding dock of our ferries is Europa Park in Piazza Europa (underground).
It has a rate of € 1.50 per hour from 8 to 20 every day except Sunday when the rate is € 0.60 per hour. Maximum applicable rate € 15 per day.

For those who prefer paid garages, the most convenient are:
San Giorgio car park, Via Alessandro Manzoni, 66. Rates change in relation to the monthly, weekly or daily duration. (example for a utility car: one day € 15.00). It is advisable to book at the following numbers: (+39) 339.7350474 – (+39) 349.8668164
La Spezia Parking, Via Francesco Crispi, 73 Tel.0187 510545 Mobile +39 3428284277 for reservations and estimates. On the map attached all the pedestrian paths from the various parking lots to the Cinque Terre Ferries jetty.

The free parking lots are green, while the paid parking lots are in yellow.

By train
La Spezia Centrale Station is the main arrival point for trains in the city.
Schedules and tickets at this LINK
In the attached map the pedestrian path to go to the Cinque Terre Ferries jetty.

  • On foot, the journey from the station to the pier is 24 minutes (2 km) through the historic center.
    Otherwise there are buses and taxis available.
  • Bus: https://www.atcesercizio.it/index.php/it/14-linee-e-orari-atc
  • Taxi: http://www.radiotaxilaspezia.it/ (Almost always there are taxis waiting at the station. Ask the driver
    that you have to go to the Molo Italia and NOT in the Morin promenade where there are other boats not
    belonging to Cinque Terre Ferries).
  • By Plane
    Nearest airports to La Spezia:
    – Pisa: 84 km – 52 minutes by car.
    – Genoa: 115 km – 1.23 minutes by car.
    – Florence: 142 km – 1.29 minutes by car.
    – Milan Linate: 222 km – 2.11 minutes by car.
    Cinque Terre Ferries can arrange for you transfers from these airports to La Spezia and any
    accommodation. Contact us at: info@cinqueterreferries.com

    HAMLETS

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    LA SPEZIA

    La Spezia is a small but fascinating city located in the inner part of the Gulf of Poets. Although it is often only considered as the gateway to the most famous Cinque Terre and other Gulf locations, it deserves a thorough visit instead.
    By Italian standards the city is quite “new”. In fact, its expansion began in the 19th century, when Napoleon Bonaparte began to think that it would be a perfect naval base for the imperial fleet. La Spezia still retains its character today and is still an important base for the Italian Navy. Its deep-water port allows the landing of container ships and has also become an important port for large cruise ships.
    Many late 19th and early 20th century buildings can be seen in the historic centre, next to the many museums and monuments that adorn the city. It is a lively city, with a large pedestrian area full of shops, small restaurants and bars for all tastes and a venue for various kinds of events, especially during spring and summer.

    Portovenere

    Portovenere, at the western end of the Gulf of Poets, has nothing to envy to the Cinque Terre in terms of spectacle. It is a perfectly preserved jewel immersed in a unique landscape. The perfect array of tall buildings with colorful facades facing the sea was also of medieval origin and played a defensive role in the past.
    The church of San Pietro, which is almost 800 years old, built on the promontory at the end of the village, is perhaps one of the most romantic monuments in the world. The imposing Castello Doria dominates the entire village from the top of the hill behind it.


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    RIOMAGGIORE

    Riomaggiore is the first of the Cinque Terre coming from La Spezia or Portovenere. Its origin dates back tothe 14th century when the large and rich church of San Giovanni Battista was built.
    Riomaggiore was built along the two banks of the river Major (now covered by the road) and this is evidenced by the shape similar to a snake of the village seen in plan. The houses, high and narrow, follow the sides of this hidden river that extends to the sea line. The village is all stacked on steep terrain and the houses have two entrances: one at the level of the main “carrugio” and one higher up on the back on an even narrower street. This allowed the inhabitants to escape if the village was attacked by the Saracens from the sea. The ruins of the castle and the dozens of dry boats along the last part of the village add pathos to the unique atmosphere of Riomaggiore.

    MANAROLA

    This village was founded in the 13th century probably by the inhabitants of the village of Volastra higher up on the hills. In Manarola the railway seems to project itself onto the sea and the station itself is a panoramic terrace. From here and after a short pedestrian tunnel you enter the main (and almost only) narrow road that goes towards the sea, with many restaurants, bars and small shops.
    The small harbour is surrounded by rocks and looks like a natural Mediterranean pool. If you are as brave as the local youths you could try diving from the highest rocks. But it is not advisable: it is better to have a peaceful swim!
    Going up the village you come across San Lorenzo, a 14th century Gothic church in Ligurian style that dominates the entire village.
    At the moment Manarola is not included in our tours but for those who wish it can be reached by train from Riomaggiore.


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    CORNIGLIA

    Corniglia is the only village in the Cinque Terre not touched by the sea. In fact, it was built high on a cliff starting from the 11th century, although there are traces of Roman presence well before that.

    Probably this is why it is the least “touristic” of all, yet no less fascinating than the other villages. In the centre, the 14th century Church of San Pietro, entirely built in local stone, is considered the best Gothic-Ligurian monument of all the Cinque Terre. The best part of Corniglia is in front of this church and extends vertically right above the sea. On the other side vast vineyards in a less steep territory.
    Corniglia is not a point of arrival for our tours, because it has no landing on the sea, but if you want you can reach it by train or local minibus.

    VERNAZZA

    You will immediately notice the beauty of this village as soon as you land. The narrow and lively main road leads along the colourful houses connected by bridges and narrow passages.
    Vernazza is built on a spur of rock and has its own small port. This is probably why it has been the richest of the five villages of the Cinque Terre ever since it was founded around the year 1000. At the end of the descent on the main road there is the beautiful little square on the sea with its beach, several colourful fishing boats, not to mention the Church of Santa Margherita d’Antiochia, perhaps the most famous monument of the Cinque Terre. The rest of the village is perched in the eastern part of the spur and is worth a visit even if it will be a very “vertical”one! On top of all, the ruins of the fortress known as Castello Doria that make Vernazza one of the most photogenic villages in Italy.


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    MONTEROSSO

    The largest of the Cinque Terre villages is probably also the most crowded in summer, perhaps because it has a large and equipped beach. Monterosso consists of an ancient village and a more recent one built around the beach of Fegina. However, the historic center of the village has retained the character and charm of a typical village of the Cinque Terre with its tall, colourful buildings that are close together around the “carugi”.

    San Giovanni Battista is a remarkable example of Gothic-Genoese architecture in the square in the centre of the ancient village where the Baroque Oratorio Mortis et Orationis is also located. A small fortified hill dominates the two faces of Monterosso and in the promontory in front of it there is the Aurora Tower, well preserved and which still seems to be in the custody of the village.

    Monterosso is also famous for having hosted Nobel prize winner Eugenio Montale for several summers.

    The Cinque Terre National Park

    The Cinque Terre National Park was established in 1999 and since then protects the environment of this Mediterranean area. It covers an area of ​​3,860 hectares and includes the territories of the municipalities of Riomaggiore, Vernazza and Monterosso as well as a portion of the municipalities of Levanto and La Spezia (Campiglia and Tramonti).

    The protected area also extends to the sea in front of a natural marine area that is an integral part of the environmental protection scheme. But the Park is not limited to this: in fact it aims to protect not only the fauna and flora typical of these coasts overlooking the sea, but also the highly man-made landscape characterized by terraces, for example also protecting the characteristic dry stone walls system of this area.

    The Park is usable thanks to an extensive network of paths which offer spectacular views on a coast in many ways unique. The Marine Protected Area (established in 1997) offers instead wonderful possibilities for scuba diving but, for its richness and clarity, it is enjoyable even for those who simply use mask and fins.


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