Given the fact Cinque Terre is listed as a UNESCO site and that it is a protected area under the auspices of the National Park of Cinque Terre, mass tourism is carefully supervised as to its possible consequence of damaging the historical and nature patrimony of Cinque Terre. This is one of the reasons why Cinque Terre is often deemed a quaint destination, and this is one of the core coordinates in which the specific charm of the place resides.

The Cinque Terre Card was conceived by the authorities in charge with the management of the National Park of Cinque Terre in order to both protect the historical and nature patrimony of the region and to provide tourists with a useful tool while exploring the park. There are three versions of this card: the basic card, the train card and the ferry card. Except for the latter, the first two are valid for 1, 3 or 7 days, prices varying according to their validity period. The ferry card is issued for one day only.

The basic card allows visitors to use sundry public transport means and to gain access to various tourist sights: the hiking trail number 2 (commonly referred to as the blue trail), the Sciacchetra Museum in Manarola, the Oil Mill in Groppo, the Memory Museum in Riomaggiore, the Multimedia Hall in Levanto and to the observatory in Torre Guardiola. Moreover, owners of a basic Cinque Terre Card can also benefit from substantial discounts in the event they want to rent a bike from one of the tourist information offices in order to experience Cinque Terre on two wheels. On top of that, they can also enjoy significant discounts if they want to buy items from the shops of the National Park of Cinque Terre.

The train Cinque Terre Card guarantees users the same privileges of the basic card plus unlimited train travels on the Levanto-La Spezia line, of course, for the duration of the validity period of the card. Finally, the ferry Cinque Terre Card resumes the advantages of the previous two cards plus it allows visitors to use unlimitedly the ferries between the five Cinque Terre villages (except for Corniglia, which is a landlocked location) for the duration of one day (which coincides with the validity period of the card).

All the three types of Cinque Terre Cards can be purchased from any of the tourist information offices within the National Park of Cinque Terre. The prices, as said, vary according to the validity period and to the chosen type of card. For complete and updated information on how to purchase the card, from where to purchase it, prices and the like, please visit Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre.

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