Considered the ‘6th sister’ of the Cinque Terre, Levanto is the gateway to the five lands and a hidden gem all its own. Levanto has the largest and most beautiful sandy beach and fantastic walking trails, open and accessible to all who visit. If you're looking for an authentic experience, this is it; a place where Italians and Europeans come to vacation. You might go all day without hearing a word of English or seeing a selfie stick! Here, you can bike around the town and take open strolls along the promenade. The evening 'passeggiata' still exists here, and while the Italians sitting on the benches might not speak English, they will offer you their biggest smiles and welcoming hearts. The local vibe is real here.
Levanto is known for its spectacular sunsets, with great bars and restaurants on the beach where you can soak in every last ray of sunshine. It is also a well-known fact that the best Gelateria is in Levanto! With an easy 4-minute train ride to Monterosso, guests can easily access the Cinque Terre opening up a whole other range of beaches, shopping, and yes, more amazing food (& gelato). Without a doubt, Levanto is the more European and perfect base in which to explore the Cinque Terre. We love it here, and we truly believe you will too.
Click here for a link to Google Maps to create your custom driving directions to Villa Valentina. Or you can enter these coordinates into your GPS: 44°10'30.4"N 9°37'45.9”E (44.175097, 9.629426)
When traveling by train, your arrival station should be “Levanto.” There is only one station in Levanto, and it is served by Trenitalia, Italy’s national train service. We recommend that you visit Trenitalia for train schedules and departure locations.
We found this a very convenient spot to visit Cinque Terre and really enjoyed our stay. A great spot to drive to and then visit the coastal towns by train.
We love all that Levanto has to offer such as, it feels more European, we went all day without hearing English being spoken, the local’s were super nice and friendly. Paula provided us with a resident parking pass so we were able to leave the car at the train station all day for free and the train to Monterosso takes only 4 minutes. We loved being able to ride bikes, supplied by the villa, along the beach to Bonassola & Framura—don’t miss this!
I am soooo glad we chose to stay at Villa Valentina instead of some small hotel in the middle of Cinque Terre. It was a perfect base from which to explore the area.