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La Spezia Cruise Port Tours

A busy Mediterranean naval port in northern Italy, the La Spezia cruise port offers cruisers access to three of the country’s top destinations: Pisa, Florence, and the must-see chain of five cliffside villages known as the Cinque Terre. Cruise passengers also utilize La Spezia as a jumping-off point to other highlights in Piedmont and Liguria. Even if you don’t plan to venture out of town, La Spezia, backed by mountains and home to several museums and a castle, has plenty to offer for a day in port.

The Basics
Cruise visitors have a number of day trip options from the cruise terminal. Many La Spezia shore excursions head to nearby Portovenere before arriving in the Cinque Terre by ferry for a day of hiking through areas of Riomaggiore and Vernazza. Others traveler further afield to Tuscany to visit cities such as Lucca (46 miles or 75 km away), with its palatial Guinigi Tower; Pisa (48 miles or 77 km away), with its famous Leaning Tower; and Florence (93 miles or 48 km away), known for its array of Renaissance art. A wine-tasting tour through Chianti also makes a great shore excursion tour to the Tuscan countryside.

Alternatively, some cruise passengers choose to stay in La Spezia, where most of the highlights are within walking distance of each other. Choose a city walking tour to see San Giorgio Castle (Castello di San Giorgio), only a half-mile west of the port; the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption (Santa Maria Assunta), full of artwork; and the Amedeo Lia Museum (Museo Civico Amedeo Lia), a fine arts destination housing paintings by Tintoretto, Titian, and others from the 13th to 17th centuries. Finish up your city tour at the waterfront Technical Naval Museum (Museo Tecnico Navale).

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Shore excursion tours include port pickup and drop-off so you don’t have to worry about missing sailing times.
  • Most La Spezia shore excursions are full-day trips lasting about nine hours.
  • Opt for a private tour to customize your experience in port and choose the cities you’d like to visit.

How to Get to La Spezia From the Cruise Port
La Spezia cruises dock at Molo Garibaldi, just 1.5 miles (2 km) from the city center. Once off the cruise ship, walk to the Public Gardens (Giardini Pubblici) across from the base of the pier, and you’ll be in town. Alternatively, take a shuttle bus or a taxi for the short journey. The La Spezia Centrale railway station, situated in the Piazza Medaglie d’Oro, offers service to Pisa and the Cinque Terre with trains running a couple times an hour. Ferries also run from La Spezia’s ferry terminal, about a 20-minute walk from the cruise dock, to Portovenere and the Cinque Terre.

Port Information
The currency in Italy is the euro, and the language is Italian. La Spezia is compact, so you should easily find free WiFi, ATMs, and tourist information.

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La Spezia Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Florence and Pisa

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Head out on an independent shore excursion from the La Spezia port to the towns of Florence and Pisa, breathing in the magical atmosphere that only Tuscany can ...  Read more

Location: La Spezia, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $146.12
La Spezia Private Shore Excursion of Pisa and Florence, Cinque Terre, Ports of Call Tours
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La Spezia Private Shore Excursion of Pisa and Florence

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Embark on this 9-hour day trip to Florence and Pisa with a pickup directly from the La Spezia cruise port. Discover the beauty of each city with visits to the ...  Read more

Location: La Spezia, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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La Spezia Shore Excursion: Chianti Wine-Tasting Trip, La Spezia, Ports of Call Tours
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La Spezia Shore Excursion: Chianti Wine-Tasting Trip

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While in port in La Spezia, leave the city behind and set off into the heart of the Chianti region on this private wine-tasting shore excursion. Sit back and ...  Read more

Location: La Spezia, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $192.88
Lucca and Pisa Private Shore Excursion from La Spezia, La Spezia, Ports of Call Tours
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Lucca and Pisa Private Shore Excursion from La Spezia

A customizable 9-hour shore excursion for the discerning traveler seeking an authentic Italian experience on a small-group tour with only the very best of ...  Read more

Location: La Spezia, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $876.72
Private Shore Excursion of Pietrasanta and Carrara Marble Quarries, La Spezia, Ports of Call Tours
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Private Shore Excursion of Pietrasanta and Carrara Marble Quarries

This is a 9-hour guided shore excursion from the port of La Spezia exploring the Carrara Marble Quarries, the sculpture town of Pietrasanta and a Colli di Luni ...  Read more

Location: La Spezia, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $876.72
Portovenere and the Cinque Terre Private Shore Excursion from La Spezia, La Spezia, Ports of Call ... 
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Portovenere and the Cinque Terre Private Shore Excursion from La Spezia

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This is a private, small-group shore excursion Portovenere and Cinque Terre from the port of La Spezia. A 9-hour tour designed for the discerning traveler ...  Read more

Location: La Spezia, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $926.82
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La Spezia Shore Excursion: Pisa and Lucca Day Trip

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After disembarking your ship in La Spezia, explore the beauty of Tuscany on this private shore excursion to Pisa and Lucca! Your driver will show you the most ...  Read more

Location: La Spezia, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $146.12

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