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Porto Venere UNESCO sites

Our most recommended Porto Venere UNESCO sites

La Spezia: Gulf of Poets Boat Trip

1. 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

2. 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.

Livorno Shore Excursion to Portovenere & Cinque Terre

3. Livorno Shore Excursion to Portovenere & Cinque Terre

Meet your private driver beside your ship at 8:00 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 5:00 PM.

From Florence: Day Trip to the Cinque Terre

4. From Florence: Day Trip to the Cinque Terre

Travel by train and minivan on this day trip to the Cinque Terre from the city of Florence. Explore the beauty of a coastline of dramatic cliffs and admire how the colorful buildings in each town contrasts with the blue of the sea. Meet your guide in the morning at Piazza Antinori in Florence. Sit back and relax and enjoy the natural scenery in the Cinque Terre National Park as you travel to Manarola. Have some free time to soak up the vibe in this town with only 353 permanent residents. Continue to Vernazza, which is known as the ‘pearl of Cinque Terre’. Let this ancient fishing village with lovely beaches enchant you as you explore its lively cafes, fashionable boutiques, and local crafts, or take some time to see the Church of Santa Margarita de Antioquia. Stop at Monterosso al Mare which is situated in a natural gulf. See the town at your own pace with some free time to lose yourself in its charming alleyways and narrow streets, or make use of the most extensive sandy beach in the Cinque Terre. Transfer to a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan for the drive back to Florence.

La Spezia: Porto Venere & 3 Islands Private Boat Tour

5. La Spezia: Porto Venere & 3 Islands Private Boat Tour

Sail around the Unesco World Heritage site of Porto Venere on this private yacht tour from La Spezia. Go on a full-day or a half-day tour. Board your luxury yacht at the port in La Spezia and set sail. Sit back and relax with a glass of Prosecco and local Italian products. Visit Porto Venere, a settlement that was established by the Ligures in the sixth century BC. Explore the village and immerse yourself in its history. On the full-day tour, you will also visit the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. Check out the villages of Lerici and Tellaro, where you'll have the opportunity to do some cave snorkeling. On the half-day trip, you won't be getting off the boat to visit Porto Venere and Lerici on foot and lunch is not included.

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What people are saying about Porto Venere

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 296 reviews

Amazing trip around the other parts of La Spezia not including the cinque terre! Was nice to hop on and off the boat and explore the smaller villages as well as swim in the sea! Great music and vibes on the boat and a lovely way to spend the afternoon!

Great Tour. Valerio is an excellent driver. shared his knowledge on Italian tradition , wine and food.

Beautiful experience thanks to the skipper Alessandro, highly recommended!

Excellent quick tour, beautiful sea and picturesque places

Most enjoyable activity being on the water fabulous