GETTING TO ITALY AND THEN TO CINQUE TERRE

Which airport you choose to fly in and out of depends on (apart from price) how long you plan to visit Italy and where you plan to travel.

  • The major airport for traveling in northern Italy (Venice, Lake of Garda, Piedmont) is Milan.
  • The major airport for traveling in southern Italy (Rome, Amalfi/Capri, Naples) is Rome.
  • The closest airports for traveling to Cinque Terre and Tuscany are Pisa, Florence and Genoa.

Given this if you plan to visit other parts of Italy you may want to book flights into/out of Rome or Milan. If you book your ticket into ROMA or MILANO, it can take 3.5 to 4 hours by train or by car to get to the Cinque Terre.
If you’re planning to make stops between either of these cities and the Cinque Terre, it makes sense to fly in and out of these airports.

On choosing Cinque Terre consider to book your rental well in advance. The area has very a few hotels and all the accommodation is provided through private rooms, apartments and villas and sea views or air conditioned properties are the first to go!

If you choose to fly into ROMA

You’ll have the opportunity to spend at least a few days in Rome. Or you can take a train to Naples and visit Pompei and the Amalfi coast.
If you are a nature and art lover you can choose Umbria, a beautiful region, almost like Tuscany, but lesser known. It is wonderful for wine and olive oil tasting, where the quality of food, wine and villas are equal to Tuscany.
After landing in Rome you can spend a few nights in Tuscany and its villages. Best place for shopping Italian fashion brands. From Tuscany, it’s easy to get to its neighbour, the Cinque Terre.

More on how reaching the Cinque terre from Rome clicking here

If you choose to fly into MILAN

you can shop ’til you drop but we suggest getting out quickly.

From Milan, you can easily reach the Lake of Garda, Lake of Como, Lake Orta, the famous Lakes near Milan. You can go to Venice, too,  but expect about a 5-6 hour transfer from the Laguna to the Cinque Terre. If you are a wine and food lover and you’re not interested in Tuscany, the new mecca for you is Piedmont.

Piedmont is the home of Barolo, Nebbiolo, Barbera and some of the most amazing food in Italy. It lies just north of the Cinque Terre region, in northwestern Italy.
Piedmont attracts true lovers of Italian culture who know how to celebrate simplicity and the highest tastes.

If you’re coming for the weekend only, or only adding Tuscany to your trip, we would suggest flying in and out of Pisa, Genoa or Florence.
Even if these tickets price a bit higher than flights into/out of Rome/Milan, it will make your life easier.

To get to the Cinque Terre by flying into PISA (PSA), GENOVA (GOA), and FIRENZE (FLR)

Pisa

From PISA

There is a shuttle train at the airport that takes you from Pisa Airport to Pisa Centrale. It’s name is People Mover.
From Pisa Centrale, there are trains that take you to the Cinque Terre, with a stop in La Spezia Centrale. (Depending on when you arrive at Pisa Centrale, you may be able to purchase a direct ticket from Pisa Centrale to Monterosso in the Cinque Terre, where we’ll be staying.).
For train schedules, go to www.trenitalia.com. (Approx. Travel Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes.)

From GENOA

There is a shuttle bus at the airport that takes you from Genoa Airport to the Genoa train station. From the Genoa train station, you can take a direct train to the Cinque Terre villages. For train schedules, go to www.trenitalia.com. Approx. Travel Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes.
From Pisa or Genoa by car, the approximate travel time is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. Keep in mind that after you pass La Spezia and approach your hotel or apartment in the Cinque Terre, the roads are narrow and winding. It can take you approximately 45 minutes from La Spezia to Monterosso, the fifth of the five lands in the Cinque Terre.

From FIRENZE

The approximate travel time is about 2 hours. By car, it is about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
After you pass La Spezia and approach your hotel or apartment in the Cinque Terre, the roads are narrower and winding. It can take you approximately 45 minutes from La Spezia to Monterosso, the fifth of the five lands in the Cinque Terre.
It’s a fantastic place to spend two extra days.

One Tip

Even if you are heading to the Cinque Terre, keep in mind that the largest and closest city to the Cinque Terre is called LA SPEZIA.

As you research train schedules or highway driving directions, it might be that your search engines or the trenitalia.it website does not recognise your apartment address, try inputting LA SPEZIA as your destination location.

AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT THE TRAINS

If you bought your ticket from a Ticket Office and the ticket does not bear a QR code, Please remember to VALIDATE YOUR TICKETS BEFORE BOARDING.
There are small grey/green boxes at all the train stations.

You have to validate your ticket before jumping on a train or you will have to pay a fine when on board.
Just slide your ticket into the validation machines and it will time stamp and validate your ticket.
Train Schedules/Information: You can check train timetable at the official Trenitalia website www.trenitalia.com or you can download the Trenitalia App from the Apple Store on your iPad or iPhone.

CAR RENTAL

REGARDLESS OF THE ARRIVAL AIRPORT YOU CHOOSE: If you plan to rent a car from the airport, please ask the hotel or apartment manager if there is a parking space for you and/or where to park. Monterosso has a parking area (about 18 euros per day) if your accommodation does not have a parking space.

PRIVATE TRANSFERS

If you would like to transfer from the airport to your hotel or apartment by taxi or private car service, please let us know . One-way private car transfers can cost approximately 150-250 euros from Pisa or Genova and from 400 euros from Rome or Milan (or from 750 round trip).

MORE “HOW TO” ABOUT CINQUE TERRE

Car rental, train or private transfer to get to Cinque Terre

How to get around, once you are in Cinque Terre