When you begin looking for a place to stay in the Cinque Terre, you soon realize that this tiny collection of five villages gets quite booked up in the high season. Not only that, the prices on rooms has gone up over the years as the area has gotten increasingly popular. Rather than skip the picturesque villages altogether, however, you might consider staying in nearby La Spezia.
La Spezia is the nearest sizeable town to the Cinque Terre, just a bit further down the coast from Riomaggiore, and has regular train service to all of the Cinque Terre towns, so it’s not a bad homebase for a visit to this part of the Ligurian coast. What’s more, it’s often cheaper than the Cinque Terre, too.