How to reach the Cinque Terre post-pandemic
Easy guide to reach the Cinque Terre easily and with no stress after pandemic crisis
HOW SHALL WE MOVE AROUND ITALY IN 2020?
Well, nothing changes and, we dare say, we see an improvement with respect to previous tourist seasons. Less traffic, smart working and new rules like social distancing have improved vehicles and train circulation. Airports, now open again, will strictly respect safety rules and all info will be given both in Italian and English if not in other languages. The same for Train Stations.
It is good advice always reading all written ads before entering airports and train stations and listen to audio announcements while travelling by train or by plane.
IF I CHOOSE THE CINQUE TERRE AS HOLIDAY DESTINATION, HOW SHALL I REACH THEM?
Nothing changes from the past and, of course, train remains the best way to reach and visit the Cinque Terre. Roads leading to these tiny hamlets perched on the rocks or enclaved between the vineyards are all crooked, narrow even though scenic and undoubtedly charming.
Car parking spots can be found in any village of the Cinque Terre but they are expensive (minimum 15.00 euros per day) and often far from the residential areas (more below)
Train stations are all closer to the village centres than the car parking areas, apart from Corniglia one, which is anyway connected to the village top by a shuttle service (the ticket is included in the Cinque Terre Card or can be bought on board with a surcharge)
WILL THE TRAIN SERVE THEM NICELY AS BEFORE
Trenitalia, the Italian major railway company, has done an excellent job in adapting trains and train stations to new anti COVID-19. They organised any access to stations, ticket offices, platforms and train with visual signs so to invite travellers to keep social distances.
Travellers will have to wear masks onboard, sanitisers are all around both in the stations and onboard.
Cleaning staff regularly sanitises coaches and ticket counters
WHERE SHALL I PARK MY CAR?
You can find all info regarding car parking clicking at this link
Quick tips for
Monterosso: the largest of the five villages has 2 car parking areas, a smaller one, named Loreto, at the entrance of the Old Village, and the second one, named Fegina, on the western side of the village, closer to the train station. Since Loreto is most of the time full, we always suggest to drive to Fegina and then walk to your property even if it’s in the Old Village following the nice promenade running along the village beaches.And if you are not keen on walking you can still hire a taxi calling it from the Fegina car parking or going to the nearby taxi area in front of Miki Restaurant (which is by the way an amazing landmark for foodish people!)
Vernazza: the car parking is 1200 mt over the village and offer shuttle service down to the village and return. The shuttle service will drop you at the beginning of the pedestrian area and you will have to walk down and tun your wheeled bags to the village centre.
Corniglia: the village has some car parking spots before the entrance of the pedestrian area, but not many so when the season gets in the high you might have to park very far from your rental.
Manarola: the car parking is on top of the village as well and you have to walk downhill (and uphill) to reach your rentals. Porter service is not always easy to be found so be prepared to roll your suitcases.
Riomaggiore: the village has car parking spots and a covered car parking on top of the village but spots are limited and then, from the top, you will have to walk down to your property and…UP when leaving!
Consider leaving your car in La Spezia or Levanto and reach always the 5 tiny villages by train even if you are driving.
TRANSFER, TAXI AND PORTER SERVICES ARE STILL AVAILABLE?
Yes, no need to worry about transfers or taxi services. Cinque Terre Riviera can help you with any type of transfer, national and international.
Monterosso, La Spezia and Levanto have own taxi companies, while service for smaller villages is always on request and must be arranged in advance.
WILL 2020 SUMMER AND AUTUMN GOOD FOR VISITING THE CINQUE TERRE?
Well no better moment to pick: no mass tourism and organised large groups will fill these tiny hamlets, so visitors will finally have the unique opportunity to see the Cinque Terre as they authentically are. No crowd and incredibly clean waters. Hikers will have the possibility to hike undisturbed infinite trails. The National Park has set visiting direction for the trails and published on the Park official website a vademecum for the hikers.
Restaurants, coffee shops and pubs will be less crowded and service and food will be extremely acurate.
So happy hike and visits in 2020!
GOOD ADVICE FOR ALL THE CINQUE TERRE
Travel light, Travel light, Travel light.
All your check-ins and check-out will be less stressful if you have less weight to carry around.