All you need to know about Levanto

How to arrive by train

The local La Spezia-Genova trains are regular and by far the most convenient and economical way to get to and around the Cinque Terre.The trains between La Spezia and Genova depart once or twice every hour.
For a train timetable visit the official site of Italian Railways (F.S. Spa) click here

The ticket offices in the stations are often closed, buy tickets at the ‘tabacchi’ shops or bars.
Tickets are good for 5, 10 and 20 kilometers, you have to validate them at the yellow machines in the station before you start your journey. They are valid for 6 hours. 10 km tickets are all you need for the 5 villages.
Tickets will be checked on the train!
The trains run till about 11:30 pm
And a single ticket exists which allows you to visit all of the Cinque Terre.
The ticket offices in Levanto and the Cinque Terre train stations are only open from 6:10am to 8:00pm. However tickets can also be bought from the tourist agencies “Levantur” and “Viaggi Cinque Terre”.
(See Information for address details).

Note: Be careful, if you sit too far back in the train when it stops in the villages your car might still be in the tunnel and you won’t be able to see the town’s sign.

How to arrive by car

If you are travelling on the A12 motorway that runs from Genova to Livorno, exit at Carrodano.
Levanto can also be reached via the main road from La Spezia: the coastal road, number 370 for the Cinque Terre.(36km).
The Cinque Terre can also be visited by taking this road, but it must be emphasized that access for cars into the towns is forbidden and parking can often be a few kilometres from the centre. However winding and tortuous this road may be, it is certainly worth it for the magnificent views and appreciative value of the cultivated terraces clinging to the mountainsides.

How to reach the Cinque Terre by boat

A novel idea for seeing the Cinque Terre is by boat, departing from Levanto and arriving in Portovenere, skirting the coast with a call at Monterosso and Vernazza.
Another handy and impressive means for getting to the towns Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola and Riomaggiore is with a small boat. (with a limited number of passengers), which offers a fast and efficient service, allowing full appreciation of the natural beauty of these small towns nestling in the coastline.

For timetables and information, visit the  Navigazione Golfo dei Poeti web site.

About Levanto

Where to go shopping:

There are four supermarkets with Italian and International products in Levanto.
There is a daily fruit and vegetable and fish and shellfish market. And once a week on a Wednesday, there is a small general market which sells clothes, household goods, cosmetics and hosiery. Above all, there is a vast selection of bread shops, green grocers and general foodshops.

Shopping:

Levanto has a vast array of shops: from sportswear to top fashion, shoes, sailing and scuba-diving equipment, stationers, perfume shops, health food shops and handicrafts. And with the locals’ guidance you can try the typical products and wines from the area.

Entertainment:

Levanto has one cinema open all year and another two outside cinemas open only in the summer.
There are many pubs and bars where you can dance and drink. ( In the summer months there are various parties on the beach).
Also during the summer months there are classical and pop concerts, dance shows, theatre and other cultural exhibitions.

Medical help:

Levanto has a hospital : Azienda Sanitaria Locale no.5 Tel 0187 800409
Medical Emergency : 118
Doctor on call : Tel 0187 808737
There are also four chemists.

Exchange offices:

There are banks and a post office available for exchanging and withdrawing money.

Emergency:

Police. (Carabinieri). Corso Roma 41. Tel : 0187 808105
0187 808303

Tours and Excoursions:

The historical cities of Florence, Pisa and Lucca are all within easy reach of Levanto.

Useful addresses:

Restaurants,Bars

BAR LEVANTO
Cappuccini, caffè, longdrinks, ‘Happy Hour’
(corner Corso Roma & Via del Mercato)
19015 Levanto

RISTORANTE CAVOUR
Piazza Cavour
19015 Levanto

PIZZERIA TAVERNA GARIBALDI
Via Garibaldi
19015 Levanto

BIRRERIA TRE ARCHI
Via San Nicolo’
19015 Levanto

OSPITALIA DEL MARE
Internetpoint & Youth Hostel
Via San Nicolo’ 1
Tel: +39-0187 802 562
www.ospitaliadelmare.it
ospitalia@libero.it

Service

IBISCO
Internetpoint & Computerstore
19015 Levanto

VIAGGI CINQUE TERRE
Internetpoint & Travel Agency
Via Garibaldi 104
19015 Levanto

POST OFFICE (Posta Italiana)
Via Jacopo da Levanto 31
19015 Levanto

TAXI
Giordani Livio
19015 Levanto
Tel. +39-0187-800967
Cell. +39-360-700680

Shopping

DI MEGLIO POINT
Salami,Vine,Local Specialities
Via Viviani 7,
19015 Levanto
Ristorante Cavour

Fitness

MUSCLE & FITNESS GYM
Bodybuilding
Via Domenico Viviani 3
19015 Levanto
Cell: +39-349-855 83 37

ANIMA & CORPO
Fitnesscenter for airobic, spinning, etc.
Via
19015 Levanto

NORTH SHORE
Bikes, Surf, Fitness & Bike Renting
Via Garibaldi 63
19015 Levanto
Tel: +39-0187 802 511

Emergency

FARMACIA ZOPPI
Via Garibaldi 106
19015 Levanto

HOSPITAL SAN NICCOLO (behind Railwaystation)
Via Madonna della Guardia
19015 Levanto
Tel. +39-0187 800 409  or
Tel. 118

CROCE VERDE  (ambulance)
Piazza Colombo 1
19015 Levanto
Tel. +39-0187 808 381

CARABINIERI  Corso Roma 41
19015 Levanto
Tel. +39-0187 808 105

Activities

Hiking

From Monterosso to Riomaggiore: 5 to 6 hours
(Sentiero Azzurro along the coast overlooking the sea)

From Monterosso to Vernazza: 2 hours
Rough narrow trail, steep at times. Beautiful views of Vernazza.

From Vernazza to Corniglia: 2 hours
The greenest hike of the coast, steep at times.

From Corniglia to Manarola: 45 minutes
A broad and scenic low trail past a beach.

From Manarola to Riomaggiore: 30 minutes
The famous Via dell’Amore, paved trail cut into the cliff.

Riomaggiore down the headland to Portovenere: approx. 8 hours

Have a look at some steeper, more adventurous routes at ‘Footpaths of the Cinque Terre’, by the Tourist Association Cinque Terre

Mountainbiking

The area of Levanto and adjacent Cinqueterre is an perfect place for mountainbikers of all levels. A very well made map with different mountianbike-routes in Liguria is available from the Touristoffice (Piazza Mazzini – Tel./Fax 0187 808125)

You can also rent a mountainbike for 20.- € from:

North Shore
Via Garibaldi 63
19015 Levanto
Tel 0187 80 25 11
northshore@libero.net

Scubadiving

There are various excellent dive-spots around Levanto and the Cinqueterre. The area between Levanto and Monterosso has been declared a Marine Park since 1998.