Getting there & away
Buses run by Azienda Trasporti Consortile (ATC; 800 32 23 22; www.atclaspezia.it in Italian) are the only way to reach nearby towns including Porto Venere (€1.45, approximately every 30 minutes from Via Domenico Chiodo), Lerici (€1.45, approximately every 15 minutes from the train station) and Sarzana (€1.50, two or three daily from the train station). Fewer buses operate on Sunday.
La Spezia is on the Genoa–Rome railway line and is also connected to Milan (€21, three hours, four daily), Turin (€24, three hours, several daily) and Pisa (€4.80, 50 minutes, almost hourly). The Cinque Terre and other coastal towns are easily accessible by train – see p202.
Consorzio Maritimo Turistico Cinque Terre Golfo dei Poeti (0187 96 76 76; www.navigazionegolfodeipoeti.it; Passeggiata Constantino Morin) runs boat services to Genoa and Lerici, as well as coastal towns including all Cinque Terre towns except Camogli.