The Cinque Terre coastline, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the postcard star of northern Italy, with its dramatic cliffs, brightly painted villages, winding trails, and Mediterranean beaches. A boat cruise offers spectacular views of it all. Here’s how to see Cinque Terre on a boat tour.
Set sail from La Spezia aboard a luxury yacht and soak up the scenery as you glide around the Gulf of Poets and Portofino, past the five villages of the Cinque Terre—Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore—and perhaps swim and snorkel around the islands of Palmaria and Tino. Sailing trips range from a 2-hour sunset cruise to full-day tours, and small-group or private tours offer a more personalised experience.
Active travelers can paddle their way around the beaches and bays of the Cinque Terre. Kayaking provides a unique vantage point with sea cliffs and hilltop villages soaring above the waters, and it offers a chance to get closer to shore, allowing up-close exploration of the rocky coves and caves, and a water-level view of dolphins and seabirds.
The Cinque Terre coast harbors some of the best fishing waters in Italy and budding fishermen can try their luck fishing for bluefin tuna, mackerel, and other pelagic fishes. Tours typically set sail from Levanto and cruise the fish-filled waters around Punta Mesco.