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From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Sailing Tour by Speedboat

1. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Sailing Tour by Speedboat

Explore the beautiful cliffs, beaches, and colorful towns of the Cinque Terre on a sailing tour from La Spezia. You will see all the five picturesque villages characterized by pastel-colored houses on a 4-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 Borgata Marinara. 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 the unspoiled coves of Le Rosse, Monesteroli, and 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 the local specialties such as focaccia with anchovies or delicious gelato. Pass through the famous muscle farms while returning to La Spezia. 

Milan: Cinque Terre Full-Day Guided Trip With Cruise

2. 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 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 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. 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.

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.

From Porto Venere: Cinque Terre Villages Boat Tour

4. From Porto Venere: Cinque Terre Villages Boat Tour

Relax on an amazing boat trip from Portovenere to the picturesque villages of Cinque Terre. Swim in the clearest water of the Ligurian sea. Admire the views of the coastline of Liguria from the boat. Sail by landmarks such as St. Peter's church, the Red Cliffs, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. On the way back we will stop to swim in a beautiful cove called "Tramonti", where you can see typical Ligurian houses built on the cliffs.

From Monterosso: Cinque Terre & Porto Venere Day Tour

5. From Monterosso: Cinque Terre & Porto Venere Day Tour

Experience an intimate boat cruise and observe the sun setting over Cinque Terre. Leave Monterosso and appreciate 5 vibrant beach towns from the water including Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore on this boat day tour. Make a stop in the village of Vernazza, where you can explore for a while before boarding your boat to return to Levanto. Discover and learn about the Porto Venere village that George Sand, Lord Byron, and other famous poets portrayed. Stop by the intriguing Church of San Pietro, an old pagan temple with stunning ocean views. Hear the history and way of life in the area from your local guide. Tuck into an apéritif of regional delicacies while sipping prosecco and snacking on some traditional Ligurian dishes. In the warmer months, it is even possible to go swimming in the National Park's pristine waters.

La Spezia: Gulf of Poets Boat Rental without a Skipper

6. La Spezia: Gulf of Poets Boat Rental without a Skipper

Arrive at the Mirabello port of La Spezia, which has car parking at a cost of 1 euro per hour. Meet a member of staff inside the petrol station who will explain how to reach the Gulf of Poets by sea, give you a map, and answer all your questions. Climb into a boat full of gas. Listen to some brief instructions about how to turn on and drive the boat and all the equipment on board for navigation. Then, set out to explore the Ligurian Sea. Discover the villages of Portovenere and Lerici, as well as the Palmeria, Tino, and Tinetto islands. After a day of exploring, return the boat to the same place and fill it up with gas.

From Portovenere: Campiglia Cliff Hike

7. From Portovenere: Campiglia Cliff Hike

Dive into this path for cliffs lovers! Departure from Portovenere towards Campiglia, a small village 405 meters above sea level. Along the way you can admire all the majesty of the Ligurian coast, walking on ridges that overlook vertical walls that flow into the sea. During the path you can buy food or drinks at "La Gitana", a typical Ligurian street food Caravan bar. On the way back, from Campiglia to Portovenere, you can enjoy a view of the Church of San Pietro from a unique, lateral perspective. The most elegant and rocky point of Portovenere will seem to emerge from the sea!

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What people are saying about Porto Venere

we were a bit apprehensive about the bus trip, but it was not so bad. Arriving at the first stop you really have something of where I ended up until you visit the first town. After a short visit (enjoy the view and take lots of beautiful pictures, don't waste your time eating/drinking) after a short train journey to the next stop where you have enough time to visit the area and eat. The return journey by boat is a pleasant way to return to the boarding point. super beautiful places seen

Cinque Terre is amazing. It was a wonderful experience. The ease from this trip is mainly not having to think about the logistics and travels. Of course, expect spending some time in the bus but I personally think it is worth it. There's enough time to have lunch in one of the village and dip your toes in the beach shores. I met some wonderful new friends too during the tour. Would recommend this is you're in tight schedule but still want to explore more beyond Milan.

The Zodiac boat trip and commentary by our driver/guide proved to be an excellent way to see the five towns of Cinque Terre and capture some great photos from the water. We also got some good tips on where to eat which was a bonus. There was a 1 hour stopnin Monterosso was excellent. Highly recommend the trip to others

A fun way to see Cinque Terre. Our captain and guide Marta was fun, professional and did a nice job piloting. The boat takes 10 passenger and had plenty of room.

Nice skipper/guide who told us about the 5 villages. The trip was just the right amount of time (4 hours). Saw dolphins jumping next to the boat!!!!!!