Getting To Vernazza

To Best Prepare The Vernazza Bound Traveler

Coming to Vernazza, if even for the first time, is like visiting an old and dear friend. You immediately feel comfortable in her presence and find it difficult to say goodbye when the moment arrives. And, you forever look forward to the next time.
Getting Here:
Vernazza is located in the northwest Liguria Region of Italy, down the coast from the French Riviera and close to the following cities with airports:

1 ½ hours southeast of Genoa
1 ½ hours northwest of Pisa
2 hours northwest of Florence
3 hours south of Milan
4 ½ hours north of Rome

We recommend arriving by Train:
Vernazza is a simple 20 minute train ride from La Spezia (Station: La Spezia Centrale) and easily accessible from anywhere in Italy. Trains to Vernazza run at least every hour and oftentimes more often.

See train timetables in English at Trenitalia website.

We do NOT recommend arriving by Car:
The road to Vernazza and the parking lots were completely destroyed by the natural disaster of October 25, 2011. The road to Vernazza is still under construction and quite difficult to drive. Very limited parking exists for visitors.

If you have a rental car, we recommend parking it in La Spezia or Levanto and taking the train or returning the car in La Spezia, Genova or Pisa.

We recommend arriving by Boat:

Consorzio Marittimo Turistico Cinque Terre Golfo dei Poeti

Must reads and/or must haves

Rick Steves Italy: Lots of free travel information on Italy from America’s favorite travel writer Rick Steves, including travel tips, planning resources, etc.

Rick Steves Graffiti Wall: Community of European travelers who share their experience and enthusiasm.

Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door: The “how to” travel handbook containing information on packing, planning, destinations, transportation and more. A must read for any first time European traveler.

Additional useful links

Cinque Terre National Park Website Italy: Maps and additional helpful travel resources.

About calls to and from Italy: How to, emergency numbers in Italy, and more.

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