La Spezia is the main hopping-off point to Cinque Terre and your homebase for your visit to the beautiful Cinque Terre which are most easily reached by train (the journey time to the first of the villages, Riomaggiore, is just eight minutes, and there are generally at least a couple of trains every hour). It is a busy provincial capital and the main training and shipbuilding centre of the Italian navy. It offers low-key charm, several good-value restaurants and some worthwhile museums.
Recommended Stay: 3 nights
Cinque Terre`s villages: Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola and Corniglia
Genoa - 63 miles, Pisa - 49 miles, Florence - 93 miles, Riomaggiore - 10 miles, Manarola - 10 miles, Vernazza - 17 miles, Corniglia - 17 miles, Monterosso - 20 miles