it was my first time to the cinque terre area of italy and i have to say that it is amazing. some of the most beautiful landscape in the world. the train ride from la spezia is a short ten minutes and when you get off the train and take your first look over the cliffs and onto the ocean, the view is simply breathtaking. the hikes between the five towns are spectacular and can range in duration from about 30 minutes to 2 hours. worth every minute!