La Spezia Cruise Port Tours

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La Spezia Cruise Port
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.
Address: La Spezia, Piedmont & Liguria, Italy
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La Spezia Private Shore Excursion of Pisa and Florence

Visit the historic cities of Florence and Pisa on a full-day, private shore excursion from the La Spezia cruise port, and experience some of Italy’s most iconic sites. Enjoy the flexibility of a private guide as you explore art and architecture in both cities, with a stop to see the famously leaning Torre di Pisa. This 9-hour tour is priced per group for up to 8 people, and includes pickup and drop-off in La Spezia.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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La Spezia Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Florence and Pisa

See Florence and the Leaning Tower of Pisa while in port in La Spezia on this full-day, independent excursion. Head first to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, with a private driver and explore the Boboli Gardens, Pitti Palace or other top attractions at your leisure. Afterward, travel to Pisa to see the Piazza dei Miracoli and snap some pictures with the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa. Upgrade your ticket to include guided tours in both cities, as well as skip-the-line tickets to the Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery or the Accademia in Florence.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Portovenere and the Cinque Terre Private Shore Excursion from La Spezia

While docking ship in La Spezia, go on a private shore excursion to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cinque Terre, and the fishing village of Portovenere. Since this is a private tour, you can choose which places you go to from a wide variety of areas along the Italian Riviera. Take a ferry ride to Vernazza (own expense), or stroll around Riomaggiore—the choice is yours.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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La Spezia Shore Excursion: Pisa and Lucca Day Trip

Swap La Spezia port for a day in Tuscany, and visit the cities of Lucca and Pisa with a private driver. How you spend your time in each city is up to you: climb the UNESCO-listed Leaning Tower of Pisa, gaze out at Lucca from the lofty heights of the Torre Guinigi or take a leisurely lunch in the Tuscan sun. All entrance fees and food are at your own expense. 
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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La Spezia Shore Excursion: Chianti Wine-Tasting Trip

Make the most of your time in La Spezia port, and discover the world of Chianti wine on a private trip to the famous Tuscan region. The full-day shore excursion includes wine-and-food tastings in the village of Greve and at the wine estate of Rocca delle Macie, plus visits to other Tuscan villages. Spent time in the fortified hill town of Montefioralle, and admire Chianti region landmarks such as the Basilica of Santa Croce and Piazza Matteotti — Greve’s vibrant piazza. 
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Lucca and Pisa Private Shore Excursion from La Spezia

While pulling up ship in La Spezia, take a shore excursion tour to Lucca and Pisa to explore some if Italy’s most memorable locations. First, explore the medieval city of Lucca, and see San Michele in Foro, Basilica of San Frediano, Piazza Anfiteatro, and the tomb of Saint Zita. Then, journey on to the maritime city of Pisa, and catch sight of the Piazza dei Miracoli and the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Shore Excursion of Pietrasanta and Carrara Marble Quarries

If your cruise ship stops in La Spezia, make a day out of visiting Pietrasanta, Carrara, and Colli di Luni. First see the Bozzetti Sculpture Museum, and then stop for coffee (own expense) in Piazza del Duomo. Make your way to the Tuscan city of Carrara, and pop into the ancient village of Colonnata. You can choose to take a guided tour inside a working quarry in the Apuan Alps, or go on a 4x4 tour travelling through a network of 30 open-air active quarries (also own expense). End your tour wine tasting (own expense) in Colli di Luni before returning to La Spezia.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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