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Milan: Cinque Terre Full-Day Guided Trip With Cruise

1. Milan: Cinque Terre Full-Day Guided Trip With Cruise

Explore the Cinque Terre, one of Italy's most scenic landscapes, on a guided day trip from Milan by van. See the "Five Lands" (translation of "Cinque Terre") from different perspectives from a boat and a train. These five enchanting medieval villages cling to the coast, offering a breathtaking sight of the sea and are now part of a national park listed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. After leaving Milan by coach, arrive in Monterosso al Mare, the largest of the Cinque Terre's five villages.  It is one of the five towns (Cinque Terre) that makes up the Cinque Terre region. With no car traffic it remains one of the truest "fishing villages" on the Italian Riviera. Restaurants, bars, and accommodation all have an endearingly homespun air about them. From Monterosso, start the final leg of your journey: a 1.5-hour boat cruise, where you can admire the stunning views of the Cinque Terre and the delightful village of Portovenere from the sea. Arrive at La Spezia where your coach will be waiting to take you back to Milan.

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour

2. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour

Spend a full day navigating the beautiful landscape of Cinque Terre at a close range, with a peaceful boat trip along the coast. Meet your guide and depart from the Mirabello port of La Spezia. During the tour, visit Golfo Della Spezia, Portovenere, Palmaria island, Le Rosse, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Take the opportunity to plunge into the refreshing waters for a swim or a snorkel. Feel free to stop as many times as you like wherever you like.  Arrive in Monterosso at lunchtime and enjoy a 1.5-hour stop to explore the town and find somewhere to eat lunch. After the break, meet your crew back at the boat and set sail back towards La Spezia. 

La Spezia: Full-Day Cinque Terre Sailing Tour

3. La Spezia: Full-Day Cinque Terre Sailing Tour

Admire the dynamic cliffs, beaches, and towns of the Cinque Terre on this sailing tour from La Spezia. Cruise past the picturesque villages of Portovenere and Lerici and the islands Palmaria and Tino. Relax as you sip on water and wine as you sail. Meet your skipper at the dock in La Spezia. Hop aboard and feel the wind in your hair as you sail away in a modern sailboat. Cross the Gulf of Poets and see the vibrantly colored houses that hug the hills and shores of the villages of Portovenere and Lerici. Admire the rocky landscapes of the small islands of Palmaria and Tino. Make your way along the villages of the Cinque Terre with a stop in front of Vernazza where you can see the Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church from the water. Take a refreshing dip in the sea in the waters of a pristine marine protected area. If you want to learn how to captain a sailboat, your skipper can give you a sailing lesson. Return to dock in La Spezia at the end of your tour.

Livorno Shore Excursion to Portovenere & Cinque Terre

4. Livorno Shore Excursion to Portovenere & Cinque Terre

Meet your private driver/guide beside your ship at 08:00 AM for the 1.5-hour 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. Its Gothic Genovese style dates back to 1256-1277. The church was built on the remains of an early Christian church and Byzantine abbey with parts of a heathen temple from the Roman age. At the foot of the promontory, there is a small grotto named after Lord Byron who took refuge here. 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 the 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 at 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 will take you. At some places, you may wish to consider using the train and if the weather and sea conditions are good, the local ferry will be recommended. Wherever your journey takes you, you will return with wonderful memories to your ship in the port of Livorno at approximately 05:00 PM.

La Spezia: Private Tour of The Gulf of Poets

5. La Spezia: Private Tour of The Gulf of Poets

Embark on a unique tour of Ligurian coast. Meet your guide at the Traghetti Terminal in La Spezia. The ferry will take you to the breathtaking Porto Venere. Once there, another boat will whisk you away to the UNESCO World Heritage islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto.  Experience the islands at your own pace, choosing where to eat, and how much time to linger and appreciate each magical location. Your guide will be happy to provide suggestions on where to eat and what to see. Learn why a variety of poets and writers, but especially the English Romantic poets, were drawn to these unique places. See for yourself why poets like Byron, Shelley, Virginia Woolf, and DH Lawrence all dedicated work to this inspiring region. At the end of the tour, your guide will take you back to La Spezia Traghetti Terminal, where the tour ends.

La Spezia: Gulf of Poets Boat Trip

6. La Spezia: Gulf of Poets Boat Trip

Sail along the western coast of the Gulf of Poets and admire villages that makeup Borgate Marinare. Cross the Le Bocche strait and stop at coves in the Portovenere Archipelago. Stop at the Blue Grotto, the Stella Maris, and the Portoro Marble Quarrie, and pass by a mussel farm. Start the sailing trip by following the western coast of the Gulf of Poets until you reach Portovenere. Admire the village of Portovenere and the wild Palmaria Island before stopping at a cove in Portovenere Archipelago, where you will have the chance to go for a swim. Hop back on board and head to the Blue Grotto. After seeing the Blue Grotto, visit Stella Maris and the Portoro Marble Quarries. See Byron's Grotto, where legend has it, Lord Byron lived and would swim across the bay. Discover the small town Lerici, where Mary and Percy Shelley lived, and other gems, including Tellaro and the Fiascherino's Bay. Stop in the bay and go for a swim behind Lerici's Medieval Castle. On the way back, pass by the local mussel farms.

From Florence: Day Trip to Cinque Terre

7. From Florence: Day Trip to Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is an unmissable destination for those who come to Italy, a land between the sea and high rocks, and one of the most romantic and striking spots in the world. Be driven to Riomaggiore from Florence, the village, dating back to the early 13th-century, is famous for its historic character and local wine. Admire the houses leaning one against the other and stroll along the narrow cobbled alleyways and sheltered paths. You can guide your way through this picturesque landscape, which has inspired many poets, painters, and writers, and see through the 5 villages that make up Cinque Terre. Afterward, take the train back to La Spezia, where you'll be picked up at the La Spezia Centrale Train Station to be transferred back to Florence after a memorable day in Cinque Terre.

Porto Venere: Scenic Fishing Trip & Catch of the Day Lunch

8. Porto Venere: Scenic Fishing Trip & Catch of the Day Lunch

Go on a unique fishing excursion with some locals from Porto Venere and then cook your catch of the day. Take in the views and relax with some great fishing and a laid-back atmosphere as you explore some local grottos. Start your experience in the morning and join your local guides out on the water. Get great views of the village of Porto Venere from the sea as your guides show you how to cast your nets. Take some time for a swim in Porto Venere's clear waters and chill on the boat before enjoying lunch with your group.

From Florence: Private Full-Day Tour of the Ligurian Coast

9. From Florence: Private Full-Day Tour of the Ligurian Coast

Admire the sight of the white marble quarries of the Apuan Alps as you drive through the "azure motorway" along a stretch of Tyrrhenian coast, before entering the Liguria territory. Soon you will reach Riomaggiore, a beautiful village of the Cinque Terre, characterized by medieval coloured tower-houses, steps, alleys and small squares, between two steep terraces.  From here, you will take a train to Manarola, the small village of the Cinque Terre in the gorge of a high promontory among vines, olive trees and fragrant Mediterranean maquis. The next small village in the Cinque Terre lies in the gorge of a high promontory among vines and olive trees. You continue onward and reach Vernazza, one of the most beautiful hamlets in Italy, a jewel perched on a rocky promontory which stretches out towards the sea with a small port against green hills. Admire the houses from the beach with the colours tarnished by salt and disappear among the lanes with dozens of shops. Indulge in the seafood cuisine served in a traditional Italian restaurant. Next admire the beauty of the Cinque Terra from the sea in a boat along the stretch of water between Vernazza and Portovenere. The cruise will require one hour of navigation embracing the arch of the beautiful rugged coast featuring the picturesque villages you have just visited. Portovenere awaits you following the cruise and is a gemstone rich in history and art, nestled amongst a breathtaking and unique natural landscape. Take a walk along the seaside and among the shops that sell authentic products and local handicrafts then visit the Gothic Church of San Pietro (1198), decorated with the typical white and black bands, perched on top of a high promontory and built on the remains of a Roman temple dedicated to the goddess Venus. Then, at the tour’s conclusion, admire the medieval sculptures of the Collegiate of San Lorenzo (1130) and the imposing Castello Doria overlooking the hamlet. In case of adverse weather conditions, the transfer will take place by minivan instead of by boat.

Porto Venere: Local Food and Wine Tasting in a Villa

10. Porto Venere: Local Food and Wine Tasting in a Villa

Settle into the decadent setting of a villa in Porto Venere. View the beautiful village and sea, and witness the traditional preparation of Scherpada, made in a round terracotta. Sip on local wines while listening to a 'tasting guide,' and discover the varieties of grapes in each glass. Appreciate the process of preparing the special dough in a cast iron plate for the delicious Scherpada. Sit by the fire in winter, or relax in the garden in summer. Share a foodie experience with other cuisine lovers, and take in the stunning Portovenerian view.

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What people are saying about Porto Venere

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based on 238 reviews

A fost o zi minunata. Ghidul a fost foarte amabil si a reusit sa ne tina tot timpul la curent. Am mers cu atocarul pana la Manarosa. De acolo am facut o mica plimbare si ne-am bucurat de privelistea minunata. Am luat trenul pana la Monteroso. Acolo am avut o ora la dispozitie pentru a ne plimba si vizita. Am mancat paste cu sos pesto delicioase. Mi-ar fi placut sa stam mai mult in Monteroso. De acolo am facut o plimbare cu barca.

I really enjoyed the tour . It was worth it. Guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. The villages were amazingly Beautiful. Every penny spent on this tour was worth it .

Excellent 1st approach to the Cinque Terre. Very well organized, competent and very friendly guide

A very good one day guided tour to Cinque Terre from Milan.

Very nice experience, our guide, Inna, was perfect!