24.07.2012 - 30.08.2012
The annual “Seawatching” (Snorkeling) courses organized by the National Park of Cinque Terre will run again this year, and are open to both adults and children from 9 to 13 years of age.
Students will need a mask, mouthpiece and flippers, but Park personnel and instructors take care of the rest, supplying wetsuits (for the summer season), manuals for species identification, underwater guides, and motorized raft excursions for those in the Junior category.
Under the guidance of expert scuba divers and naturalists, the younger students can explore seabeds of Cinque Terre’s Marine Protected Area.
Adults can take courses in August, that will take place over a period of three weekends; these will allow for the participation in seabed monitoring and other interesting scientific activities.
The complete calendar foresees junior courses for children ages 9-13 (July 24-26 at Riomaggiore, August 1-3 at Manarola, August 7-9 at Levanto, August 13-15 at Riomaggiore, August 21-23 at Vernazza and August 28-30 at Monterosso). Adult courses will run August 4-5, 11-12 and 25-26 at Riomaggiore.
Enrollment: 8 Euros for children, 10 Euros for adults
Natour Cooperative: Cell. 334 7132882 - Fax. 0187 1854182
Enrollment possible in the Park's Welcome Centers, which can be found near the railway stations of Cinque Terre, Levanto and La Spezia, or by downloading the forms directly from the website.
Where: National Park of Cinque Terre
Province: La Spezia
Local trains stop in all the Cinque Terre stations: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare. These trains depart from: La Spezia, Pisa-Genova line. http://www.fsitaliane.it/homepage_en.html
Spring-Summer: Daily connections from La Spezia, Lerici and Porto Venere. Internal navigation lines also run between Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola and Riomaggiore. All depart from Monterosso. http://www.navigazionegolfodeipoeti.it/home.asp?lang=eng
A12 - Genova-La Spezia - Carrodano Exit - Drive toward Levanto-Monterosso.
From La Spezia: strada Litoranea (Coastal Road) to Riomaggiore and Manarola.
The towns are Cinque Terre are connected to each other by the "dei Santuari" Road (Road of Sanctuaries). Due to October, 2011 flooding, the Drignana-Fornacchi (above Vernazza) section is still blocked.
To reach Vernazza, use the Strada Litoranea from La Spezia, or Levanto-Monterosso connection with Provinciale Reggio - Vernazza.