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Cinque Terre tour from La Spezia

This tour lasts approximately 9 hours.

Seemingly suspended between sea and sky, Cinque Terre is sure to be a tour you will never forget. Set against lush green hills rising dramatically from the sea, the “Five Lands” will charm you with their cheery colours and the feel of old world fishing villages, and the surrounding terrain will take your breath away.

Hikers and nature enthusiasts will be glad to know that Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre is a Nature Sanctuary, as well as a Unesco World Environmental and Cultural Heritage site.

In Cinque Terre there are no cars and no noise; nature steals the scene!

Typical itinerary:

  • First stop Portovenere (25 min from La Spezia)
  • Take the ferry to Riomaggiore
  • Walk from Riomaggiore to Manarola via the famous Via dell’Amore
  • Take the ferry from Manarola to Monterosso*
  • Have lunch
  • Drive along the panoramic hilltop road

Cinque Terre boasts many fine restaurants and some of the best seafood in the world. The region is also known for its refreshing white wine that you should be sure to sample.

As a special bonus (only available on tours of Cinque Terre starting from La Spezia), we can include a visit to the town of Sarzana, which was an important military post during the Middle Ages.  Its impeccably preserved fortress, the Fortezza di Sarzanella, will interest those with a fascination for fortifications or a love of history.  The white marble cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is also noteworthy, built between the 13th and 15th C in the Romanesque and Gothic styles, and containing a relic of the blood of Christ as well the oldest known painted crucifix in Italy, the Cross of Maestro Guglielmo, dating from 1138.

Of all our tours, this one is most frequently deemed “absolutely unforgettable” by clients.


We highly recommend you take the ferry (Apr-Oct) to travel between the villages. The view from the sea is spectacular and not to be missed. (Out of season or in rough weather there is a local train to take you from village to village.) The ferry (one way with stops) costs 16 Euro per person.

The Via dell’Amore (translation not necessary!) is flat and suitable for anyone of average mobility. It takes about 20 minutes to walk and there is an entrance fee of 5 Euro per person (cash only).

*With regard to the landslides of October 2011, the clean up of Monterosso is coming along; its inclusion is subject to its condition on the day of your tour. We doubt that Vernazza will be ready for visitors in 2012. Even if we cannot visit all the villages, you will still enjoy the Cinque Terre area to the fullest, and will be able to go at a relaxed pace with ample time to appreciate each stop.


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Please note

All tours are private and customizable.

All driver-guides speak English.

Private local guides are available for additional cost.

Food, beverages, entrance fees and gratuities (10%-15% common) are not included. Tickets for the ferry and/or local train are not included.

To enter churches you should have knees and shoulders covered. Sturdy walking shoes are advised; surfaces of streets and sidewalks can be uneven.

La Spezia is a tendered port and the start time of your tour is subject to your arrival at the tender pier. Please do your best to get on one of the first shuttles from your ship.