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Staying near Cinque Terre ?

We are 6 couples travelling together. We are going to rent cars and spend 1 week in Tuscany. After that, we will drive to CT. I understand that you cannot drive into these small fishing villages and we would have to park our cars outside and walk in with our luggages? Is this right? We are all in our 40s and 50s.

Would you suggest staying just outside CT and taking the train into CT towns daily? Does anyone know how much the train pass costs? If we stay outside CT, does any one have any suggestions as to which town. Any recommendations for accommodations that cost about 100 Euro per night per couple?

Posted by
32228 posts

Jennifer, I agree with others in that it's MUCH better to actually stay in one of the Cinque Terre towns! The parking facilities will depend to some extent on which town you decide to stay in.

As previously mentioned, Monterosso al Mare is the most "touristy" of the five villages and so parking shouldn't be a problem. From what I recall, there was parking available at the top of the hill in Riomaggiore (check Rick's Italy guide book to confirm). I don't remember what's available in the other towns (I was using train, so didn't really pay attention to parking).

If you plan on hiking the trails, be sure to obtain the C.T. card (available at train stations). There ARE people in small huts to check that visitors have the cards. The card also provides "free" transport on the local trains, so one can hike from one end to the other, and then use train back to home base.

Happy travels!!!

Posted by
320 posts

Jennifer - you can drive into Monterosso - the westernmost town of the CT. The Hotel Villa Steno has a parking lot and great directions!

Have fun!

Posted by
31 posts

We haven't been yet...but I had a hard time finding a place that was reasonably priced for 4 people together in CT. We also wanted to be able to swim quite a bit and I have heard that the beaches are pebbly. We're staying in a town called Lerici which is just south. It's called the Hotel Florida & seems nice. We've been assured that we're close enough & have read that this is where the Italian's "holiday." I'll let you know how it is! :)

Posted by
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When are you going?
We (4) are going in August & also had a hard time finding a reasonably priced place but wanted to hike & swim.

Posted by
6898 posts

I'm seeing a lot of incorrect information above regarding parking at the CT. Below is a paragraph taken directly from about parking. I don't think that there is a parking lot in each town and I wouldn't count on parking places during the peak season. Read on.

In the Cinque Terre towns there are small pay parking lots in Monterosso and Riomaggiore. During the summer, from May to August, the car park is usually full and the roads to Monterosso and Riomaggiore are closed because there is no parking available. The other villages are always closed to cars, except for the residents. There is a Taxi service In Monterosso, Vernazza and Manarola.

Levanto has many parking areas. You can find two good parking lots in Levanto: one near the railway station and the other near the sea. However, in August, even Levanto is crowded and you will need good luck to find a parking spot.

Posted by
3551 posts

accomodations are somewhat difficult in CT espec in summer, plan way ahead. If you have no luck ck Sta Margarita Ligure (more hotels and larger for bigger grps) and day trip to CT. none of it should be missed.