Train journey from cinque terra to Genoa

Wondering if going to cinque terra to Genoa is a picturesque journey and thus is it better to go via Genoa to Milan rather than via Parma. Many thanks Jenny

Posted by Charles
Austin, Texas, USA
308 posts

I am doing the same route in June so am anxious to hear what others say about it.

Posted by Bob
Minneapolis
589 posts

Hi Jenny (and Charles). From CT to Milan, I can't think of much reason to go via Parma. Via Genova, there are direct trains; it is about 3 hours vs. 4.5 via Parma, and it is somewhat more scenic as some of the journey from CT to Genova is along the coast. See schedules on trenitalia.com. Enjoy your trip!

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17792 posts

Jenny, I can't remember the specifics, but suspect that either route will have sections with good scenery. Travel via Genova will be along the coast for part of the way, which is always nice, but there won't be much "scenery" going through the cities. The Parma route will have more rural scenery. I always just use the quickest route with the fewest changes, and try to enjoy whatever scenery is presented. Cheers!

Posted by Harold
New York, NY, USA
2852 posts

I don't know about the scenery, but I can say that Parma is a nice place to visit, even for a few hours. So, if you want to stop there, take that route; if not, I agree with Ken that the fastest route makes sense.

Posted by Jenny
Auckland, New Zealand
4 posts

Hi thanks everyone - I think I'll go the coast route and stay a couple of days at Santa Margherita on the way. Jenny