Welcome to La Spezia
It's an understandable oversight. Situated minutes to the east of Cinque Terre by train, the hard-working port town of La Spezia is routinely overlooked. But it's an affordable place to overnight if you're heading to the Cinque Terre, and worthy of a once-over. It's home to Italy's largest naval base, the winding streets of the old town are atmospheric and there's plenty of cosy trattorias showcasing the Ligurian... Read More
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Pisa and Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence
Meet your expert guide at Santa Maria Novella train station in central Florence, then hop aboard an air-conditioned train to Pisa. Sit back and relax as you enjoy your scenic ride out of the city, arriving in Pisa approximately an hour later.On arrival, follow your guide to the Field of Dreams (Piazza dei Miracoli), a verdant expanse home to the city’s most important sights: the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Baptistery and the Duomo. With 1.5 hours here spent at your leisure, perhaps pose for photos by the Leaning Tower and, depending on availability, head inside for a guided tour (own expense). Alternatively, make for the Duomo (own expense) to marvel at its carved pulpit by Giovanni Pisano, or head inside the Baptistery (own expense) to test the unusual acoustics.Next, return to the station to board your train to La Spezia, the gateway to the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre National Park. Translated as ‘five lands,’ Cinque Terre is made up of five enchanting fishing villages that line the coast of the Italian Riviera.Just under 1.5 hours later, find yourself at La Spezia train station, where you’ll catch a local train to the historical village of Riomaggiore. Wonder at the tightly packed pastel buildings as you stroll along the cobbled streets with your guide.Continue by train to Manarola, a tiny village that is said to have more grapevines than any other Cinque Terre village. Wander along the harbor and spend a few minutes snapping photos of the picturesque buildings that cascade toward the sea.Your final stop is Vernazza, a seaside town that surrounds a tiny, natural port. Alight your train, then enjoy free time to soak up the sun on the pretty beach, or dive into the cooling waters for a swim.After, make your way back to La Spezia or Pisa aboard the train for the return trip to Florence, where your tour concludes.
4-Day Tuscany and Cinque Terre Tour from Rome
Val d’Orcia, Chianti, Siena, San Gimignano and Lucca: places just as beautiful as they sound when they roll off your tongue. With Siena as your base for your first night, explore these top Tuscan sites (and more) with your expert guide, enjoying the emerald hills, UNESCO-listed villages and sangiovese wines that collectively give Tuscany its world-class reputation.From Siena, head northwest out of Tuscany to the region of Liguria. Your tour includes two nights of accommodation here in La Spezia, just south of the Cinque Terre, where five tiny villages cling precariously to the coastline’s sun-scorched cliffs. With a reputation that exceeds its size, the area boasts indescribable scenery with hillsides that tumble down through lush groves before plunging over quietly eroding cliffs. See all this and more on your unforgettable 4-day tour!Please note: The listed price does not include a city tax, payable at the time of hotel check-in. The tax is required by the hotels and is not within our control.Due to a landslide which occurred at the end of September 2012, the famous path “Via dell’Amore” has been closed.
Cinque Terre Sailing Day Trip from La Spezia
Make your way to La Spezia port in the late morning. Meet your expert skipper and step aboard a sailboat for your 7-hour Cinque Terre sailing adventure.Drift away from the port along the Gulf of La Spezia, also called the Gulf of Poets for all the famous poets who came to northern Italy’s Liguria region, such as Lord Byron. Pass the villages of Portovenere and Lerici and the islands of Palmaria and Tino.Then veer west along the famous coastline of Cinque Terre, the ‘Five Lands' — a rugged portion of the Italian Riviera comprised of five postcard–worthy villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Admire the craggy coast and terraced hillsides dotted with colorful villages, all part of Cinque Terre National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Cinque Terre towns are mostly inaccessible by car, but you’ll get a breathtaking panorama of all the highlights from the best vantage point: the water. In front of Vernazza or a similar scenic spot, pause to enjoy a light lunch spread of local specialties, such as focaccia bread with anchovies and olives, paired with Italian wine (See Itinerary for sample menu ). Continue sailing along the Cinque Terre coast, stopping again to take a dip and snorkel in a protected marine area. Sit back and relax on your way back to La Spezia, or take the reins and learn how to sail with the help of your skipper. Your day trip concludes when you arrive back at La Spezia port in the early evening.
La Spezia Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Florence and 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.
Pesto course in Cinque Terre with Boat Trip and Lunch from La Spezia
You will take a short train ride into the heart of the Cinque Terre where you walk through the picturesque scenery to the panoramic Cinque Terre destination . Take a moment to enjoy the stunning surroundings. Next, don your apron and get hands on experience in the ancient art of making a delicious pesto the traditional way. Once the pesto is finished, sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor and taste the delicious pesto served on local breads, olives, salami and cheeses. Also enjoy a sampling of the famous Cinque Terre white wine.Next, walk down to the harbor for a comfortable boat trip to enjoy the spectacular coastline and experience the unforgettable sights and unique sensations of the Cinque Terre. Arrive at the village of Vernazza known as one of the truest fishing villages on the Italian Riviera. 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 which are among the most beautiful in Europe. 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, which gives you access to the walking trails and also the train pass to explore further villages.
Cinque Terre Small Group Guided Tour from Florence
Start your small group day trip, meeting with all the participants (max 15 people in total) in Florence. Once on-board, we will drive to the north-west direction, and from the highway you will have the chance to admire the white Alpi Apuane famous for the marble that gave life to masterpieces of the Italian world-renowned architecture and sculpture.Once in La Spezia, you will meet the local tour guide, and driving through the panoramic road, you will start to admire the beauty of the Cinque Terre and your idea about these incredible lands will turn into reality! The blue sky and the blue sea blend all in one; vines fill up the steep slopes, proof of a constant human work that has never give up to the nature of the territory. The actual tour of the Cinque Terre starts in Riomaggiore, the first of the five villages; the expert local guide will introduce you to secrets and stories about this particular and complex area. From here, you will use the local train that connects the villages (train tickets included) and you will visit Manarola (the “quitest” of the five towns) and Vernazza (the most picturesque of the towns). Last stop will be in Monterosso al Mare, the perfect place where to relax, do some shopping, enjoy the sea and have lunch in one of the local restaurants (lunch not included).Last but not least, while other tours, at the end of a long day, have you double back by train, we save you time, stress and a steep walk up the hill to go back to the vehicle, as your driver will pick you up directly in Monterosso to bring you back in Florence. This way you will have more time at disposal to relax and enjoy your day instead of wasting time and lose all the positives of such a beautiful day!Please note: Given the hilly nature and uneven ground of this location, you must be of an average fitness and health level to join this tour. This tour is not recommended if you have mobility difficulties. The standard itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions. Due to the high volume of visitors and the nature of the area, during the high season the villages and the local train, could be very crowded.