Visitors to the Cinque Terre will be familiar with the name La Spezia, as it’s the largest major city near the collection of five small fishing villages. La Spezia isn’t a very large city, however, and it can serve as a good homebase from which to explore the region – especially if you’re on more of a budget.
The Cinque Terre used to be very budget-friendly, but since it’s now such an immensely popular tourist destination it’s not always the bargain it used to be. Finding cheap accommodation sometimes means looking outside the five villages to a city like La Spezia instead. There are hostels in La Spezia, as well as small budget hotels that may not have dorm rooms but are still easy on the bank account.