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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.
Many of our visitors come back year after year. And others, who state they normally do not visit the same place twice, are telling us that this year they are making an exception. The 2012 tourist season in Vernazza will be one like no other. People from around the world will come to show their support in the recovery of this “little village that could”.
We look forward to welcoming you and have provided the information below with the hope that it helps in your travel planning.
- Genova: Aeroporto di Genova
- Pisa: Aeroporto Galileo Galilei
- Florence: Aeroporto di Firenze
- Rome: Aeroporto di Fiumicino
- Milan Aiports (Malpensa and Linate Airports)
- Venice: Aeroporto di Venezia Marco Polo
Train travel is the recommended way to reach the Cinque Terre, as the roads leading in and out are narrow and windy, the drive often taking as long or longer than the journey by train. If renting a car while in Italy, consider returning it to the rental agency in a nearby city (ie: Genova, Pisa or La Spezia) before heading to the Cinque Terre. Or, park your car in a nearby town (ie: La Spezia if coming from the south and Levanto if coming from the north, both off major highways) and take the train.
Vernazza is on a major rail line and easily accessible from anywhere in Italy.
You can research train timetables at the Trenitalia website (in English).
In case of a train strike while you are in Italy, the following Trenitalia page lists trains that are guaranteed to run even during a strike.
Driving into Vernazza is not recommended at this time as the roads in and out of town have been badly damaged. We recommend you park your car in one of the neighboring towns, either La Spezia or Levanto, and take the train to Vernazza. You can find driving directions at the Cinque Terre National Park website (in English).
Additional Helpful Transportation Links
The Maritime Consortium of 5 Terre: Boat service within the Cinque Terre and beyond.
Deutsche Bahn AG: Train travel between European countries.
Skyscanner: Inexpensive flights within Europe
In Preparation of Your Trip
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
About.com Italy: Maps and additional helpful travel resources.
About calls to and from Italy: How to, emergency numbers in Italy, and more.