Our most recommended things to do in La Spezia

From Florence: Seaside Beauty Day Trip to Cinque Terre

From Florence: Seaside Beauty Day Trip to Cinque Terre

Visit one of Italy's most enchanting destinations, Cinque Terre, on a day trip by coach, train, and boat. Each of these unforgettable little cities will take your breath away with their gravity-defying dance above the azure waters. This day trip will give you an unforgettable and fun introduction to this coastal gem. Begin your tour of these UNESCO sites at daybreak with your arrival in La Spezia. Board a train to Riomaggiore, a quaint medieval town dating to the 13th century. Marvel at the winding streets of this village and its charming houses leaning one against the other. Next, head over to Manarola to enjoy panoramic views. Continue on to Monterosso, an ancient fishing village considered the "pearl of the Cinque Terre." Finally, take a boat across to Vernazza, whose natural port has kept it safe from invaders for centuries.

Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike

Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike

Get a taste of 'la dolce vita' on this jam-packed tour to the Cinque Terre, a collection of quintessential Italian towns dotted along the coast of Tuscany. After meeting your guide in central Florence, listen to an insightful introduction about the Cinque Terre on the 2-hour bus journey to La Spezia. After a quick bathroom break, board the first train of the day. Arrive in Manarola, the first of the Cinque Terre villages you will visit. Here you will join a small guided walk through the vines, and then enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace. Next, take the train to Corniglia. Climb the steps to reach the center of the quaint village and wander around. Then, choose to either go on a guided hike to Vernazza, or if you prefer to take it easy, follow your guide and take a train instead. Once in Vernazza, sit at one of the local cafés, or take a dip in the sea. Next, board a train to Monterosso, the village renowned for its beautiful beaches and artisan shops. If the weather allows it, you will then board a boat to navigate along the coast of the Cinque Terre. Arrive in Riomaggiore, an ancient fishing village and the most southern of the 5 villages. After exploring this last village, board the train back to La Spezia and then take the coach back to Florence.

La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour by Boat

La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour by Boat

Experience the Cinque Terre coast by boat and take in gorgeous views of vineyards terraces and charming buildings from the sea. Make time to stop at Riomaggiore or Portovenere, then Monterosso, and Vernazza along the way. Start at La Spezia's harbor and sail through the Gulf of the Poets . Sail to the first stop: Riomaggiore or Portovenere ( depends on tour availability ) and marvel the beauty of the Village. In Monterosso al Mare, explore the medieval historic center and marvel at the parish church dedicated to St. John, the Baptist. Then continue the sailing to Vernazza, the pearl of the Cinque Terre. Vernazza presents itself to visitors as the prow of a ship: most of the village is in fact built on a small promontory that ends at the sea with an imposing fortification system. At the end of the tour, enjoy free time and take the chance to taste the local wine and food, or go for a swim in the crystal clear water of the Mediterranean before returning to La Spezia.

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Boat Tour

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Boat Tour

Explore the beautiful cliffs, beaches, and colorful towns of the Cinque Terre on a sailing tour from La Spezia. You will see all five picturesque villages characterized by pastel-colored houses on a 5,5 hour boat tour. Start your tour from Passeggiata Morin in La Spezia and sail along the western coast of the Gulf of Poets. Admire the beautiful landscape of the four villages that make up the Borgate Marinare. Continue sailing towards Portovenere, where you will cross the Le Bocche, a strait between the town of Portovenere and the wild Palmaria Island. See the magnificent Romanesque church of San Pietro, set among the rocks and overlooking the sea. Discover one of the unspoiled coves like Le Rosse, Monesteroli or Punta Pineda along the coastline. Grab a chance to dip in the pristine waters of the Cinque Terre Natural Park. Marvel at the beauty of Monterosso al Mare, the last and most vibrant of the five villages. Here you can enjoy ashore local specialties such as focaccia with anchovies or delicious gelato. Pass through the local mussel farms while returning to La Spezia. 

From La Spezia: Florence & Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion

From La Spezia: Florence & Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion

Discover Florence and Pisa with a roundtrip transfer from La Spezia. Explore Florence, known as the Cradle of the Renaissance, at your own pace or see the city on an optional walking tour. Head on to Pisa and admire the famous monuments before you return to La Spezia. After arriving easily at the meeting point following the instructions provided, you will be welcomed by an easily-identifiable staff member who will provide you with the map of the city, the code to use the Wi-Fi, and priority access to the bus that will take you to the the Santa Maria Novella area of Florence. Once you arrive start exploring the city, the cradle of the Renaissance, considered an open-air museum, and its numerous masterpieces. With 3.5 hours of free time, visit the San Lorenzo market, Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Piazza della Republica, and the old bridge. Choose to explore the small alleys set between medieval and Renaissance palaces or wander through the shopping streets as well as taste some typical local dishes. Make the most of your time by choosing the walking tour option. This walking tour covers the main monuments. Continue to the second stop in Pisa for 1.5 hours of free time where you can see sights the wonders of the Meadow of Miracles. Select the best pose to immortalize your time at the leaning tower of Pisa. Return on time guaranteed.

From La Spezia: Round-Trip to Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion

From La Spezia: Round-Trip to Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion

Explore Pisa with this shore excursion from La Spezia. Upon disembarking, you'll take one of the free shuttle buses from the pier to the terminal to meet your easily recognizable tour leader outside the terminal. After admiring the Unesco Piazza Dei Miracoli, choose the city walking option to have the opportunity to see the hidden treasures of the medieval city. Walk through the Piazza Dei Cavalieri, borgo stretto, see the birthplace of Galileo Galilei, the Vettovaglie market, and much more. Choose the tower ticket option, to climb to the top of the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and enter its spectacular Cathedral with priority access. At the end of your experience, you will return to La Spezia to board the ship guaranteed on time.

Cinque Terre: Hybrid Boat Tour with Swimming Stop

Cinque Terre: Hybrid Boat Tour with Swimming Stop

Embark on a captivating journey that unveils the heart of Cinque Terre from the sea. The following itinerary starts from Monterosso, but it's also possible to begin the tour from La Spezia, with the same attractions included. Get ready to discover the iconic villages along the sea. As your boat tour departs from Monterosso, the northernmost village of Cinque Terre, you're immediately enveloped in its lively atmosphere and historical charm. Monterosso, known for its beautiful beaches and lush lemon trees, serves as the perfect starting point for your adventure. As you glide southward, the next spectacle is Vernazza, arguably the most picturesque of the five villages. With its natural harbor and colorful houses clinging to steep terraces, Vernazza is a photographer's dream. The Doria Castle and the Santa Margherita d'Antiochia Church stand as timeless sentinels over this vibrant fishing village. As the coastline unfurls, a special moment awaits—a leisurely stop at Cinque Terre's most secluded beach. Here, in the midst of crystal-clear waters, indulge in a refreshing swim followed by an aperitif featuring local specialties, a true taste of Ligurian hospitality. Continuing along the coast, you reach Corniglia, the only village perched high above the sea, offering breathtaking panoramic views from its vantage point. Surrounded by terraced vineyards, Corniglia feels like a step back in time with its narrow streets and quaint piazzas, embodying the tranquil essence of rural Italian life. Manarola, your next stop, is a cascade of multi-colored houses that seem to emerge straight from the rock itself. This village is renowned for its lively waterfront where the houses seem to dive into the sea. The romance of Manarola is unmatched. The final jewel in the Cinque Terre crown is Riomaggiore, the southernmost village, a picturesque coast-side village with postcard-perfect panoramas at every bend. The boat will navigate back to Monterosso, concluding a journey that has taken you through the heart of the Cinque Terre's unparalleled beauty.

Portovenere: Isola Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto Boat Tour

Portovenere: Isola Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto Boat Tour

Ride by boat to three different islands all located in the majestic Gulf of Poets. Swim in the Ligurian Sea, and make visits to Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto, and experience untouched natures in a completely unique environment. Snorkel and discover the underwater world, and relax on the boat for a true day at sea. Meet your captain and depart from Portovenere for a day of sightseeing and relaxation. Breathe in the salt air and experience the Torre Scola, a historical ruin that begs to be photographed and discussed. Then, make a swim stop at La Maiella and explore the marine world while snorkeling. Then, head to the lighthouse of Tino Island, where you can see the Madonnina emerge from the TInetto Sea. Find yourself next in the Blue Cave, and take some time to learn about the Church of San Pietro. Notice the nature all around and feel how it calms the nerves of a busy lifestyle. Before heading back to port, discover Saint Peter's Church, said to be one of the most beautiful in the world.

Milan: Cinque Terre Full-Day Guided Trip With Cruise

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 Cinque Terre from different perspectives from a boat and a train. After leaving Milan by coach, arrive in La Spezia, we start our journey with a boat cruise where you can admire the stunning views of the Cinque Terre and the delightful villages from the sea. Arrive at Manarola , admire the beautiful see and have a time to visit the typical village. . We move to Monterosso al Mare, the largest of the Cinque Terre's 5 villages. 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 train ride to Sestri Levante where your coach will be waiting to take you back to Milan. These 5 enchanting medieval villages cling to the coast, offering a breathtaking sight of the sea, and are now part of a national park listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour by Train with Limoncino

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour by Train with Limoncino

Once you arrive at the port of La Spezia, meet your tour guide at the cruise terminal. Take a 20-minute walk to arrive at the train station from where you will begin your adventure. On the walk, you will discover the beautiful city center of La Spezia. Trains are undoubtedly the ideal means of transportation to explore the area, in just 15 minutes, passing through the sheer heights of the Ligurian Sea, you will reach Vernazza, one of the most colorful villages in the area. Here you can enjoy some free time in this picturesque village, characterized by pastel-colored houses with beautiful views of crystal clear waters. The second stop will be Monterosso, the largest of the Cinque Terre villages, which also owns a stunning beach characterized by fine white sand and a clear and transparent sea. Here you will have a surprise reserved for you, a stop to taste the delicious Limoncino in a traditional shop. This exquisite liqueur is ideal to toast for the wonderful day that you are spending, immersed in the nature, colors, and flavors of this fascinating and unique land. After having some free time in Monterosso, take the train to Riomaggiore, the last stop before coming back to La Spezia. This small village, like the other four, offers breathtaking views of the coast, as well as glimpses of the daily lives of the fishermen with their traditional boats that you will see tied to the port. Also, if you are staying at La Spezia, choose the best starting point for you: the cruise port or the train station.

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What people are saying about La Spezia

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(3,980 reviews)

This was a fantastic excursion! Our guides, Ado and Dario, were truly exceptional and went above and beyond to deliver a quality experience. Right from the beginning, everything was so easy. The guides explained the plan in detail and the fact that all logistics were pre-arranged and managed by the guides made the whole experience relaxing. The guides shared lots of history, food recommendations, and other fun facts and were very fun to talk with. The lunch they offer is a pre-fixe menu and was pretty good. I have celiac and they were able to accommodate this with gluten free pasta. The only thing I wish I knew ahead of time was to bring cash! If you want to eat the lunch they offer, you need to pay with cash and we didn’t know this ahead of time. Also, a lot of places in Cinque Terre only accept cash (no cards). Luckily Ado helped us find an ATM but it would’ve been nice to know this ahead of time.

Trip was wonderful. Anna and Chris were wonderful guides. Very helpful, patient, and knowledgable. We originally planned to see Cinque Terre on our own without a tour. I booked this tour primarily for the boat ride, which did not happen due to the weather. However, even without the boat ride, the trip was well worth the money and I’m so glad we went with Anna and Chris!

Davide & his girlfriend were so kind and truly genuine people! It was such an incredible trip seeing La Spezia and its surroundings from the water. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone, it was great for the price! Thank you Davide!

Amazing Aperitivo around the isola Palmaria e Porto Venere ! Massimo was super nice and friendly, we ate a super good italian antipasti with prosecco watching the sunset! We had such a great time !

Great!! Private, short and beautiful place!! In addition to the super attention of the guides.