Porto Venere

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  • Cinque Terre: Boat Cruise to Riomaggiore and Monterosso

    1. Cinque Terre: Boat Cruise to Riomaggiore and Monterosso

    Start at La Spezia's harbor and sail through the Gulf of the Poets admiring the magnificent village of Portovenere and the island of Palmaria from the boat. Reach the first village of Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore, passing by the mesmerizing coastline with its famous terraced vineyard landscape and colorful houses. The city is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Here, visit the imposing church of San Giovanni Battista with your guide and enjoy some free time to stroll through the narrow streets. After, sail to Monterosso al Mare and admire the other spectacular villages of Manarola, Corniglia, and Vernazza on your way. In Monterosso al Mare, explore the medieval historic center and marvel at the parish church dedicated to St. John, the Baptist. At the end of the guided tour, enjoy some free time and take the chance to taste the local wine and food (not included), or go for a sw...

    Amazing day out & great value too. All the staff were friendly & welcoming. Guides were all very informative & fun to spend the day with. Lot of steps in Riomaggiore but guide took lots of breaks & checked everyone was doing ok. Highly recommend this tour or similar

  • Cinque Terre: Ferry and Tour of Porto Venere and Vernazza

    2. Cinque Terre: Ferry and Tour of Porto Venere and Vernazza

    Board the ferry at La Spezia and start your boat trip to Porto Venere. Cruise for approximately 30-minutes before reaching Porto Venere. Disembark the ferry for a walk through the town. Porto Venere is a fortified seaside village filled with colorful houses and medieval buildings. During your tour, you'll pass the Church of San Pietro, one of the most religious buildings in all of Italy, before walking through narrow streets. Pass the Church of San Lorenzo and enjoy panoramic views at Doria's fortress. Before returning to the ferry, you’ll have some free time to explore Porto Venere on your own. Board the ferry and continue on your tour along the Cinque Terre coastline. Relax onboard for approximately 50 minutes as you pass by the seaside villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, and Corniglia. Arrive at Vernazza, where you’ll disembark to explore the unique village. Walk around Vernazza, a ...

    It's a nice relaxing tour. Vernazza is beautiful. You have time to see the town, eat, relax and even have a swim. These small towns get reall crowded if I need to put anything negativo.

  • Milan: Cinque Terre Full-Day Guided Trip With Cruise

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

    Explore the Cinque Terre, one of Italy's most scenic landscapes, on this day trip from Milan. The "Five Lands" (translation of "Cinque Terre") are five enchanting medieval villages clinging to the coast with a breathtaking sight of the sea, which are now part of a national park listed by the UNESCO as World Heritage. After leaving Milan by coach, you will arrive in Monterosso al Mare, the largest of the Cinque Terre's five villages. You will take some time exploring the small fisherman town, before boarding for a boat trip to Vernazza to visit the nice village. It is one of the five towns (Cinque Terre) that makes up the Cinque Terre region. It is the fourth town heading North. With no 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 fin...

    We took this guided trip to Cinque terre. It was definitely worth the money and convenience. The bus was very comfortable and equipped. The guide Sabrina was very nice. The are of Cinque Terre is very beautiful. It was a good 1 day trip and not very tiring due to the way they had arranged the transportation between bus, train and boat. There was also time in between for lunch and stroll around the villages

  • Hong Kong: City Audioguide Tour

    4. Hong Kong: City Audioguide Tour

    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 colo...

  • Livorno Shore Excursion to Portovenere & Cinque Terre

    5. 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 lun...

    There is a lot to see in this area and we wished we had had more time. Alessandro, our guide, was very good in covering as much as possible and pointing out the places we should see. Most of the areas can only be reached on foot. Portovenere is beautiful, as well as the two towns we visited in Cinque Terre. Alessandro found us an excellent restaurant for lunch and it was a very enjoyable day.

  • From Florence: Day Trip to Cinque Terre

    6. 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

    7. 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.

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What people are saying about Porto Venere

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 95 reviews

We took this guided trip to Cinque terre. It was definitely worth the money and convenience. The bus was very comfortable and equipped. The guide Sabrina was very nice. The are of Cinque Terre is very beautiful. It was a good 1 day trip and not very tiring due to the way they had arranged the transportation between bus, train and boat. There was also time in between for lunch and stroll around the villages

Amazing day out & great value too. All the staff were friendly & welcoming. Guides were all very informative & fun to spend the day with. Lot of steps in Riomaggiore but guide took lots of breaks & checked everyone was doing ok. Highly recommend this tour or similar

Overall it’s good , except for each location , the time given can be lengthen , taking into consideration the exploration requires time both to view and photograph .

Very nice walk to visit the 5 lands, small downside the walk lasts 8 hours but there are several drop-offs not provided for in the initial program

Very very nice trip, a lot of the original sea city to see.