Useful Information (based on our trip) if you’re visiting the Cinque Terre


We took a night train from Munich Hbf and changed at Bologna in the middle of the night. These tickets were bought in advance and we reserved the sleeping compartment (6 beds).Another change at Parma then took us to Monterosso al Mare. From Bologna we purchased tickets with cash from the machines at the station. We did the same thing on return. Italian trains are not as reliable as German trains and it’s a good idea to double check everything (and allow time for this) well in advance.

The 5 towns are

  • Monterosso al Mare
  • Vernazza
  • Corniglia
  • Manarola
  • Riomaggiore

The nearest ‘big’ town is Parma and further down the coast, La Spezia.

 Three Good Blogs

  • This is the best all rounder I found – it includes information on the trails and hotels

  • This is useful for historical information on the different towns

  • And good old Rick Steve. I like this guy even if some members of our party did not!


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  • Where we stayed:

Hotel Margherita 3 *

Places of Interest

  • Chiesa di St Giovannni Battista (Monterosso church);geo=187820&detail=5213709&ff=242139074&albumViewMode=hero&aggregationId=&albumid=103&baseMediaId=242139074&thumbnailMinWidth=50&cnt=30&offset=-1&filter=7

  • Chiesa di Giovannni Battista (Romaggiore church)

  • Posh hotel – unfortunately I couldn’t find any information at all on the posh hotel. Basically you head for the beach at Monterosso and you can’t miss some steps leading up to the cliff above. The hotel is built into the rock, James Bond style……I WILL find it……
  • Ligurian Sea

  • Klaisün)

  • Wetterstein Range

  • Schloss Elmau

Other References

  • Schloss Adler (If you haven’t seen it, ‘Where Eagles Dare’ truly is a great film)

  • Norman Tebbit 1981 speech, Blackpool,

Sarah Halliday

May 2017