HIGHLIGHTS OF THE La Spezia Shore Excursion to Lerici, Portovenere and Cinque Terre
- Explore the World Heritage of the Cinque Terre (Five Lands)
- Visit the gems of the Gulf of the romantic Poets: Lerici and Portovenere
- Admire the Castles overlooking the most beautiful Italian stretches of the Mediterranean coast
- Ice-cream stop in Vernazza, the tiniest among the 5 picturesque villages
This is a very charming and suggestive tour where you will discover (on foot) and admire (by boat) some of the most inspiring fishing villages of Italy. You will find an uneven coastline, protected by ancient castles and overwhelmed by an unique flora. A fantastic view that you’ll never forget!
We will pick up you at La Spezia port and we will easily reach Lerici, where you will greet the famous Gulf of Poets. The name of the gulf is due to the fact it was chosen by different authors as their poetic house. See, for example, what Henry James wrote about it*. From the second generation of the English Romantic poets, until nowadays, never ending lines have depicted this striking sea place!
From Lerici we’ll take the boat to Portovenere which, not surprisingly, was called as the Venus harbor. Northern border of the Gulf of Poets, with Roman roots, it offers a wonderful view. There is a castle, on the top of the hill, and the solid St. Peter’s church, as a stone bow on the wind, looking over the rugged coast.
After a pleasant and panoramic walk, you’ll be ready to continue the tour by boat to arrive in Cinque Terre, one of the most amazing Ligurian Landscape in the world.
First of all, you’ll visit the biggest fishing village of Monterosso, where you’ll be delighted by a guided tasting of the best Cinque Terre white wine combined with appetizers of local products and pesto sauce. You will have enough time to stroll around, look for some typical products or swim in Monterosso nice beaches, before relaxing during the lunch break.
Vernazza is the next stop and one of the most picturesque villages! There is a little castle that hang above the small colorful boats and ‘pedestrian’ cliffs where you can enjoy a mouth-watering ice-cream!
At this time, you’ll be ready to come back to the boat, sailing towards Portovenere, echoing Mary Shelley’s words: “Sunshine and calm invades sea and sky, and the rich tint of Italian heaven bathed the scene in bright and ever-varying tints…”
Upon arrival in Portovenere, you’ll meet our driver to come back to La Spezia port.
DETAILS OF THE TOUR:
Pick up and Drop off Place: At disembark of your Cruise ship in La Spezia Port
Length of the Tour: 8 hours approx. (as private tour the time is flexible)
Departure Time: You can request any start time you’d like (we suggest between 8:00 – 8:30 am)
What is included: Private Air-conditioned Minivan Transport, English Speaking Driver/ Tour Leader**, tasting of white cinque terre wine, pesto sauce and local products.
Available: all year round
THINGS TO NOTE:
** Bookings made 72 hours before the tour are considered valid only if re-confirmed and authorized.
In case of rough sea and during low season the tour runs by bus and train. Our Shore excursions can be personalized. Please, tell us if you want to include something more.
*“This bay of Lerici is charming; the bosky grey-green hills close it in, and on either side of the entrance, perched on a bold headland, a wonderful old crumbling castle keeps ineffectual guard. The place is classic to all English travelers, for in the middle of the curving shore is the now desolate little villa in which Shelley spent the last months of his short life.”(Henry James)
** Please note that the driver/tour leader will provide general introduction and information. He is not allowed to guide inside a city centre, nor to provide historical and artistic information inside museums or churches.