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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. 

Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Vernazza Boat Cruise

2. Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Vernazza Boat Cruise

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, Monterosso, and Vernazza along the way. 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. 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.

Cinque Terre Tour: Porto Venere, Monterosso and Vernazza

3. Cinque Terre Tour: Porto Venere, Monterosso 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 will 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. Next stop is Monterosso. Here you will reach the medieval center in a few steps, where you can admire the parish church dedicated to San John the Baptist. Then, admire the landscapes from Torre Aurora and the large beach by Fegina. Arrive at Vernazza, where you will disembark to explore the unique village. Walk around Vernazza, a small village with an imposing fortification system. Here you will see the Church Santa Margherita d'Antiochia and walk down the main street filled with colorful houses. Walk to a viewing point in the village and see views of Doria's fortress.

La Spezia: Boat Tour to Cinque Terre

4. La Spezia: Boat Tour to Cinque Terre

Discover the beautiful Cinque Terre National Park on a guided boat tour in La Spezia. Enjoy picturesque views of the coast as you explore the village of Riomaggiore and find a cozy tavern for lunch. Swim in the waters of Palmaria island before admiring the colorful houses of Porto Venere. Make your way to Porto Mirabello in La Spezia to meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Get on board your boat and wave goodbye to the coast as you set sail on the Ligurian Sea. Feel the excitement as you approach the first village in the Cinque Terre National Park, making port at Riomaggiore. Be blown away by this idyllic harbor and stroll along the paths under charming colorful houses. Have 2 hours of free time to explore and find somewhere to eat. Depart from Riomaggiore and make your way along the coast to Porto Venere and the island of Palmaria. Jump off the boat to swim in the serene waters and bring a snorkel along to meet the tropical fish. Disembark at Porto Venere with more free time to go sightseeing before returning to La Spezia.

Portovenere: Isola Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto Boat Tour

5. 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.

La Spezia: Gulf of Poets Boat Trip

6. 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 Porto Venere: Cinque Terre Villages Boat Tour

7. 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.

La Spezia: Full-Day Cinque Terre Sailing Tour

8. 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.

Portovenere: Santerenzo, Lerici, & Tellaro Guided Boat Tour

9. Portovenere: Santerenzo, Lerici, & Tellaro Guided Boat Tour

Enjoy a relaxing time crossing the entire Gulf dei Poeti and reach the wonderful villages of Santerenzo, Lerici and Tellaro from Portovenere in a beautiful boat. The major points of interest we will come across will be Baia Blu, the village of Santerenzo, Lerici and its incredible castle, La Caletta (swim stop), the bay of Fiascherino, the village of Tellaro and Punta Corvo. Then we will take the Palmaria (swim stop), Tino and Tinetto tour, the three islands of the Arcipelago Spezzino. Near Tinetto Island you can admire also a statue of a white "Madonnina".

From Monterosso: Cinque Terre & Porto Venere Day Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Porto Venere

Laurence and Daniel took very good care of us. Both were very knowledgeable about Cinque Terre but just as important they were fun and attentive hosts. If one of the reasons you are going is to photograph the cities, you need to realize you are facing the rising sun on the way up the coast and going back may be better for taking pictures. You stop in a small city called Porte Venere for an hour…just after having a variety of bruschetta and drinks. If you want more to eat, head left to “restaurant row”. Otherwise, head right, up the main road where there are more shops and ends up at the fort on the coast. Lots of good photo opportunities there! We got gelato before getting back on board. On the cruise back to Monterosso we had beautiful fruit served to us…plus drinks. We then stopped in a small cove for a swim. The water was gorgeous! The rest of the way home was so much fun! All the passengers and crew felt Iike friends. We drank and laughed together for the remainder of the time.

Excellent tour for anyone who only has one day to visit the Cinque Terre. Well organized, the meeting point is easy to find, courteous staff with a trilingual Italian, French and English guide. The stops at the 3 stops pass quickly because the restaurants fill up and many close around 4:00 p.m. It is therefore sometimes difficult to find a restaurant without a queue and with fast service. I highly recommend this tour!

I was with 3 others and we all really enjoyed the boat trip. I was a little concerned by the pics that the boat would be too small and not smooth, but it held 12 people comfortably and was smooth. I loved seeing the towns and cliffs from the water. We stopped for a swim and visited Monterosso, which was fantastic. The skipper was very friendly. He provided some information about the area. Definitely recommend!

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!

The tour showed us places from the sea that we would never have seen normally. It have a great insight to the Tuscany coastline. The boat (zodiac) was comfy and well driven. Plus some good sired rides!!!!