RIOMAGGIORE, MANAROLA, CORNIGLIA, VERNAZZA, MONTEROSSO
From La Spezia by ferry boat (see the time schedule) or from La Spezia by train (car parking at La Spezia station – trains every 30’ – in 10’ train takes from La Spezia to Riomaggiore, in 5’ in between the other villages). To go by car is not recommended because of the narrow roads and because of the high rates for parking in Riomaggiore or the lack of parking in the other villages. Trains are back to La Spezia since late in the evening.
Facing La Spezia in 20’ by ferry boat. The Genoa Republic castle over stands the Medieval church of Saint Peters, below which the sea is deeply blue and the island of Palmaria is just in front. The natural “passage” to 5 Terre villages, by ferry boat trip.
At 10 km an ancient and authentic fishermen village right on the sea, romantic! and very well preserved.
At 10 km, from this ancient village on the hills, in the middle of a Mediterranean natural park, at the very last Southern border of Liguria, an incredible view takes your eyes from the white marble Apuan Alps down to the Tuscany coast, facing the blue sea, the Elba and Corse islands in the clearest days.
At 12 km is the second largest city of the area after La Spezia, but also a very nice Medieval center with its authentic fortresses, narrow roads and important churches. Very vivant in the evening with nice restaurants and café.
DRIVING SOUTH TO TUSCANY
Carrarara and its marble quarries: at 30 Km from where Michelangelo took the white stone of his masterpieces and where contemporary sculptors still choice the best “statuario”.
FORTE DEI MARMI
At 30 Km from Lerici, in the so called Versilia, Forte dei Marmi and its sandy shore, famous for its nigth life and luxury shops (Armani, Prada, Gucci, Dolce e Gabbana, Cavalli….) and its street market on Wednesday morning.
Not far from Forte dei Marmi, only inland, Pietrasanta well known worldwide for the marble masters since the Romans’, and very nice shops, café and restaurants.
PONTREMOLI & LUNIGIANA
Pontremoli and the Lunigiana the inland between Tuscany and Liguria, with ancient villages, great food and superb view on the Apuane Alps.
At 60 Km – the Pending Tower and Piazza dei Miracoli ! Unique, even more in the full moon light.
At 60 Km – the perfect Tuscan ancient fortified town, well preserved inside its defense walls, ideal for an afternoon walk around and shopping in Piazza delle Erbe and a nice evening dinner (and maybe a concert!).
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DRIVING BACK NORTH TO LIGURIA
At 60 Km – the most exclusive and famous world wide of the typical Ligurian villages.
At 100 Km – in 1200s with Venice the strongest Marine Republic, the so called “The Superb” where Cristoforo Colombo was born, maintains the largest Medieval historical center of Europe: great the Aquarium by the Architect Renzo Piano at the Old Merchant Port (Porto Antico).