Welcome to Golfo dei Poeti

The port of La Spezia, Italy's largest naval base, is the main town and makes for a nicely urban, if supremely easygoing, base. Around each side of the bay, mountains loom on the horizon and cliffs plummet into the sea, and there's a deliciously remote feeling to the many forest-fringed sandy coves. Bumping up against Tuscany, there are the ridiculously beautiful, discrete resort towns of Lerici, San Terenzo and Tellaro, while at the other and sits the historic sentinel village of Porto Venere. Each has its own charm, but all share the evocative vertiginous tumble of pastel houses.

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$169.34 Shore Excursions

La Spezia Shore Excursion: Private Driver to Florence, Pisa

After meeting your driver at the port in La Spezia, sit back and enjoy your drive into the Tuscan countryside toward Florence. Driving up Florence’s beautiful Viale dei Colli, you'll reach the marvelous terrace called Piazzale Michelangelo, named after the artist who sculpted one of the city’s most famous pieces of art – the original David statue. From the terrace, enjoy panoramic views of Florence and the Arno Valley.Follow an uphill road until you reach Forte Belvedere, built around 1590 to control the Florentine population in case of internal riots. Then visit Pitti Palace, home to many galleries, or stroll through the magnificent Boboli Gardens – with this independent tour, the choice is yours!Next head off to Piazza della Repubblica and admire its triumphal arch, known as the Arcone. During this time in Florence, you decide what to do next. Perhaps walk through the Piazza del Duomo to see its magnificent Baptistery and Giotto's Bell Tower (any entrance fees at own expense).Your shore excursion then continues to Pisa, roughly 40 minutes away. Stop by the Field of Miracles and marvel at Pisa's famous landmark, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Although it was designed to be perfectly vertical, it started to lean during construction. Your itinerary in Pisa is also flexible, so perhaps take a walk to Piazza dei Cavalieri, where you can admire the historic Scuola Normale, one of the most famous universities in Italy. After a wonderful day full of sightseeing, your driver will take you back to your ship in the La Spezia port.Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the La Spezia port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

$160.48 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Cinque Terre Wine Tasting and Boat Trip

We begin with a short train ride into the heart of the Cinque Terre.Take a moment to enjoy the stunning surroundings before walking  down to the harbour for a comfortable boat trip, here you can experience the dynamic coastline from the sea.Arriving at an ancient Cinque Terre village, we take in the stunning surroundings and 12th century architecture, before making our way up to the stunning location with breathtaking views over the Ligurian sea.In a relaxed environment we sample some high end Italian wines, for white lovers perhaps a classic Cinque Terre white, grown on the surrounding terraces visible from our location, or delicious sparkling Prosecco from north of Venice, of a quality that would be rare to find outside Italy.Add to this an 'Antipasti di mare', traditional  anchovies from Monterosso which have been fished for centuries in the surrounding sea, the star of the local cuisine.For those that prefer red maybe an original Barbera d'Alba accompanied by local cheese and salami..The tour will officially end here, where you have the opportunity to enjoy some free time to explore the ancient village, take a swim, or for the more adventurous a hike along one of the walking trails. Alternatively. you can return with the guide on the train to La Spezia station.Your guide will supply all guests with a Cinque Terre pass, this gives you access to the walking trails and also the train pass to explore further villages. This also saves  up to an hour waiting in line to purchase the card.

$854.36 Shore Excursions

Portovenere and the Cinque Terre Private Tour from La Spezia

Meet your private driver/guide beside your ship at 8am for the short drive to the delightful fishing village of Portovenere, with its tall and colorful waterfront houses. Enjoy memorable sea views from the promontory where the church of San Pietro stands.From Portovenere, you'll begin your adventure through the five lands of the Cinque Terre, a landscape so unique that in 1998 it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. A great way to discover this area is from the sea. You'll have an option of departing from the harbor to enjoy a ferry ride (additional cost) to Vernazza, a great stop for lunch at a restaurant set on the cliffs, looking out across the bay (lunch at own expense). The ferry journey will take you past Riomaggiore and Manarola with great photo opportunities from the sea. Meet up with your driver, and visit either Corniglia set up on the hill or enjoy a stroll around Riomaggiore or Manarola. You could continue on to the larger and busier town of Monterosso but please note it is not possible to stop in all the villages in one day and for this tour it is best to keep the day as flexible as possible and see where your journey takes you. In some places you may wish to consider using the train and if the weather and sea conditions are good, the local ferry is certainly recommended. Wherever your journey takes you this day, you will return with wonderful memories to your ship in the port of La Spezia at approximately 5pm.

$169.34 Day Trips & Excursions

La Spezia Shore Excursion: Pisa and Lucca Day Trip

When your cruise ship docks in La Spezia, your driver will pick you up at the La Spezia port and take you on your private shore excursion. Enjoy a relaxing, scenic drive by minivan through the Tuscan countryside and arrive in Pisa, one of the best-known Tuscan cities. See its most celebrated attraction, the Leaning Tower, which has become a symbol for the Italian Republic. Feel the lean of the structure as you wind your way up the tower and admire great views from the top. Visit the ’Field of Miracles’ and see the cathedral, the Campo Santo cemetery, the Baptistery, and the cathedral museum independently. Afterwards, your driver will be happy to suggest a typical trattoria for an authentic Tuscan lunch (own expense).Continue your tour with a 30-minute drive to Lucca, the birthplace of opera composer Puccini. Visit Piazza del Mercato, the market square. It owes its irregular shape to the 1st-century Roman amphitheater that once stood here. Discover the Torre Guinigi, one of the most representative monuments of Lucca, whose unusual feature is the enormous oak tree that stands on top of it. Admire the city’s architectural gems from the top of the monument and soak in the tranquil atmosphere.Take a stroll through medieval streets of Lucca at your own pace and explore the city's renowned tradition of crafts and family-run businesses. Admire the beautiful Church of San Michele with its magnificent marble facade, a fine example of the Romanesque architecture. After touring independently, meet your driver for a comfortable ride back to the port of La Spezia.Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the La Spezia port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

$102.34 Shore Excursions

La Spezia Shore Excursion: Florence and Pisa on Your Own

The most popular to famous landmarks to visit during your day at port in La Spezia.  You will start this full day by an air conditioned, comfortable journey to Florence, known as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.Throughout the drive you will see some stunning scenery. On arrival in Florence you will live the terracotta-tiled dome of the Duomo cathedral and have the opportunity to pop into the shops on the medieval Ponte Vecchio stone bridge. If you have ever been fascinated by then you have the chance of a lifetime to see masterpieces like da Vinci's Annunciation, Michelangelo's David and Botticelli's The Birth of Venus.After you have appreciate the marvel that is Florence we make our way to Pisa, famous worldwide for its iconic Leaning Tower as well as the famed Piazza dei Cavalieri which was once used as the headquarters of the Knights of Saint Stephen. While here be sure to eat some cecina, a delicious gluten-free bread made of chickpea flour, water, oil and spices.During the day your tour assistant will share ideas with you while on the coach as you make your way to both cities. We will also give you  detailed map with notes about the monuments.Our full day tour is perfect for those who want to see the sights without wanting long full guided tours.  This is one of our most popular tours for La Spezia and we advise to book today to guarantee you place on this memorable day.

$1016 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Day Trip: Monterosso and Portofino from La Spezia Port

Start your 7:45am journey with a complimentary shuttle ride from the port, which is located under the ship. Afterwards, hop aboard an air-conditioned minivan with WIFI. Afterwards, relax on your drive to Santa Margherita Ligure, a known town that was colonized. View an array of monuments, such as the Caste of Rapallo (defense from pirates). Stop at the Basilica of Santa Margherita of Antiochia and Abbazia Della Cervara. Spend 1-hour of free time strolling along the narrow street of Santa Margherita to admire the coastline. After Santa Margherita, venture into Portofino, which is a beautiful town that was colonized by the Romans. Also, a large number of dolphins inhabited the area, known as Portus Delphini. See the Statue: Christ of the Abyss, Church of St. George, housing some saints' relics and Oratory of Santa Maria Assunta, in Gothic style. Relax as your professional driver takes you to Monterosso; apart of the Cinque Terre (first of the 5 villages come from Genova). Passing by a few meters near the tunnel, explore the village of Fegina, which is a modern village compared to the ancient one. The beaches are relatively larger compared to the narrow cliffs that characterize the other villages of the Cinque Terre; near a local train station.

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