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Portovenere Tours

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Portovenere
Portovenere’s brightly painted buildings, lively harbor, and clifftop castle make it a quintessential Italian Riviera town, perched on the rocky shores of the Gulf of Poets (Golfo dei Poeti). An easy detour from the wildly popular Cinque Terre National Park, this comparatively tranquil seaside town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich history, delicious seafood, and stunning backdrop of cliffs, caves, and coves—making it ideal for hiking, mountain biking, or just relaxing.
 
The Basics
Portovenere is most often visited on a day trip from La Spezia, San Gimignano, Siena, Milan, or, most commonly, Florence. Most tours combine free time in this oceanside town with stops in the coastal villages of Cinque Terre for hiking, dining, and exploring. It’s also possible to admire the picturesque waterfront aboard a sailing cruise around the Golfo dei Poeti.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • If visiting in summer, be sure to pack sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Public transportation to and from Portovenere is limited, so joining a tour is the best option for those without a car.
  • White some hotels, ferries, and attractions in Portovenere are wheelchair and stroller accessible, the village’s steep and narrow lanes can be challenging for those with limited mobility.
 
How to Get There
Located at the southern tip of Cinque Terre National Park along the Italian Riviera, Portovenere is reachable by car (year-round) and ferry boat (mid-April through October only) from nearby villages such as La Spezia, Levanto, and Vernazza. It is set 102 miles (164 kilometers) west of Florence and just nine miles (15 kilometers) from La Spezia.

When to Get There
The most atmospheric, albeit crowded, time to visit Portovenere is during the summer season (May to August). The town is a popular destination any time of year, but be aware that many hotels, restaurants, and attractions close down in low season.

The Legend of the Golfo dei Poeti 
La Spezia Bay is better known as the Golfo dei Poeti, or the Gulf of Poets, and its natural beauty has been inspiring poets since Roman times. Poets Persio, George Sand, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Eugenio Montale have all mentioned the bay in their verses, while one of the coastal caves is named after former resident Lord Byron.
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Special Tour

6-Hour Special Tour in the Gulf of Poets! With a welcome drink and you will also have the opportunity to dive into our sea as well as the tour.
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  • 6 hours
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Day Trips

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Poertovenere, Aperitif on restored fishing boat.

Enjoy a sunset aperitif on a restored fishing boat in the enchanting Gulf of Poets.Immerse yourself in Our tradition through the sea, nature and our food.Departure from Porto Mirabello, where you will meet the staff.We will start navigating along the coast and then take a tour of the islands with stops for swimming and snorkeling. At around 20:00 we will reach the Portovenere Channel where we will be offered an aperitif based on local products ( vegetable pies, focaccia, pesto crostini, marinara muscles, local wine).We will taste the local wine admiring the sunset from this characteristic boat.Return to Porto Mirabello is scheduled for around 10.00 pm.Getting on board with this association means entering a big family, united by the passion for the sea and the awareness of undertaking projects for the social, the environment and the territory.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Day Cruises

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Love Boat Experience

You will have a small yacht just for your couple.3 hours of Prosecco, a romantic walk in Portovenere and a dinner with a table at sea, a bese of fish and local wine, just for you two under the sky of Portovenere.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Cultural Tours

Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence

Discover the charming seaside villages of the Ligurian coast on this full-day tour to Cinque Terre from Florence. Travel through the rolling hills of Tuscany to arrive at the dramatic rocky coastline, and take the train to visit four of the five villages that make up this unique, colorful destination — Vernazza, Riomaggiore, Monterosso and Manarola. Enjoy free time to stroll through the winding streets on your own or swim at picturesque beaches, and sample a regional specialty with a limoncino tasting.
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  • 12 to 13 hours
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  • 12 to 13 hours
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Day Trips

Cinque Terre Day Trip from Milan

Tap into the beauty of Italy’s famous Cinque Terre coast on this day trip from Milan. Travel in the comfort of a coach bus to the terraced landscape of five cliff-side villages and experience the landscapes by boat as you make your way from Monterosso to La Spezia. This tour includes plenty of free time to explore Monterosso and Manarola, as well as a scenic train trip between the two towns. This Cinque Terre day trip showcases the best of this stunning destination and offers travelers a hassle-free way to explore all the highlights.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Cinque Terre and Porto Venere Tour from Florence

Explore Cinque Terre and Portovenere during this 12-hour tour from Florence. With round-trip transportation included, you can skip the hassle of renting a car for travel to and between Portovenere, Manarola , Monterosso and Vernazza, nestled on cliffs by the sea. Train and ferry tickets and limoncino ligure tasting included.
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  • 12 to 13 hours
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  • 12 to 13 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Cinque Terre Day Trip from Milan With Hotel Pickup

Discover the Cinque Terre of Italy’s Riviera on this full-day trip from Milan. Drive along this UNESCO-listed coast, home to the five colorful villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. Explore cliffside Manarola independently, and take the coastal train to Monterosso for more free time to relax, eat, and stroll. Finish with a scenic boat trip, admiring the cliff-perched villages from the sea. Round-trip coach transport and Milan hotel pickup included.
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  • 14 hours
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  • 14 hours
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Sailing Trips

Cinque Terre Sailing Day Trip from La Spezia

See Cinque Terre from another perspective: from a boat at sea. Spend a full day sailing along the Italian riviera, viewing the five seaside towns and learning about the history of the area from your skipper. Drink in the views of the colorful villages that hug the coastline. Learn some sailing tips from the crew. Stop to swim in the shimmering sea. And then indulge in a lunch of Ligurian specialties, washing it down with some locally produced wine. Participants are limited to just 10 people on this small-group tour, ensuring plenty of personalized attention.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours

Historical & Heritage Tours

Cinque Terre Small Group tour from Lucca

The UNESCO-listed coastline of the Cinque Terre is the star of the Italian Riviera and this full-day tour from Lucca crams all the highlights into one day. Visit the villages of Manarola, Riomaggiore, Monterosso, and Vernazza; sample Limoncino liqueur; cool off with a swim in the sea; and tuck into a delicious Ligurian lunch (if option selected) at a local restaurant.
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  • 11 hours
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Cinque Terre Tour from Livorno

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Cinque Terre on this full-day, private shore excursion. Don’t worry about organizing logistics: your guide will pick you up directly from the Livorno port, and you’ll travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned minivan. Venture first to Riomaggiore, one of the five Cinque Terre villages, to explore at your own pace. Continue next to Manarola for more sightseeing. You’ll also have the chance to admire Vernazza and Corniglia, where you can stroll, shop, and dine (own expense) at your own pace.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Day Trips

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Half day Round Trip from La Spezia

Cinque Terre Sea Tours offers you the unique opportunity to explore the Cinque Terre like a local. Our experienced and knowledgeable team will show you all the treasures the area has to offer, something only the intimacy of a small group tour can provide.We will cruise along the coast so you can discover all the villages of the Cinque Terre as well as the stunning Portovenere that has such sights as the iconic St. Peter’s Church and the magical Byron Caves.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Cultural Tours

Day Trip From Milan to Cinque Terre and Portovenere Guided Tour

Experience the beautiful region of Cinque Terre and Portovenere on this full-day trip from Milan. Visit the quaint town of Portovenere and board a ferry across the ‘Gulf of Poets’ to the beautiful Cinque Terre. Journey through the colorful seaside villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso to stop at the beautiful beaches and enjoy a delicious aperitivo before heading back to the bustling city.
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  • 14 hours
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CINQUE TERRE, A COLORFUL DREAM

Take a trip to the Italian Riviera from Milan to explore the UNESCO-listed region of Cinque Terre. Explore the colorful lands of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore on a walking tour and a boat cruise and learn about the history and culture of this picturesque region. Enjoy plenty of free time to roam around the five villages or sample some of the local cuisine before heading back to Milan.
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  • 14 hours
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Cultural Tours

Full-Day Cinque Terre Tour from Pisa

Visit the villages of the Cinque Terre on a day trip from Pisa. The dramatic coastal area is known for its beauty, and you’ll discover its highlights with this hassle-free day out. Travel by train between the villages of Vernazza, Riomaggiore, Monterosso, and Manarola, and enjoy ample free time to swim and soak up the coastal sights. A tasting of the local ‘limoncino’ is also included.
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  • 11 hours
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Cinque Terre Shore Excursions from Livorno Port

Spend the day exploring the Italian coast on a private excursion from Livorno to Cinque Terre. Travel by climate-controlled car, and boat (and train if the weather calls for it). Visit seaside villages, shop at local markets and taste locally made wine, olive, oils, honey and other products. Your multilingual guide will handle the logistics of the day and negotiate boat and train tickets (own expense). This tour is ideal for visitors who want to see more of Italy explore the coast, and value exclusivity.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Hiking & Camping

Half Day Small Group Hike to Portovenere with Local Guide

Break away from the crowds, and discover a wilder side of the Cinque Terre region, on this small-group hiking tour. Setting off from Riomaggiore, follow your guide through vineyards and other lovely scenery on this challenging trek to Porto Venere. As you go, you’ll enjoy unparalleled vistas overlooking the sea. Upon arrival in Porto Venere, you’ll have time at your leisure to explore before returning to Riomaggiore by boat or by bus and train.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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Day Trips

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Day Tour Cinque Terre & Porto Venere

Our goal is to make your day unique and unforgettable, to let you know and appreciate this heritage of rare beauty, making you relax and feel pampered, far from the madding crowd.Together with us you will have the opportunity to live a 360 ° experience: curiosity and culture of this unique and fragile area, but also a beautiful bath in our crystal clear waters, a walk among the colorful lanes of Porto Venere and the Cinque Terre, tasting local products and typical dishes.
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  • 6 hours
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Half Day Tour

the tour provides the opportunity to see things that only by boat is possible, with times at your leisure. use the cost of the tour from the moment you climb up to the end of our service hours at midnight.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Cinque Terre Private Tour from La Spezia

Maximise your time in La Spezia and head to the Cinque Terre on a private day trip. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed region is home to five fishing villages that are stacked into the cliffs, making for stunning coastal views. This shore excursion packages private transport with your own guide to give you more time there, and is one of the few day trips to visit all five of the Cinque Terre’s picture-perfect villages.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

The best of Cinque Terre & Portovenere with Typical Ligurian Lunch

Experience the highlights of Cinque Terre and Portovenere on this comprehensive full-day tour from Florence. Explore the Ligurian coast's cliffside villages and ports, accompanied by insightful guided commentary to learn much more than you would simply wandering on your own. Midday, stop to feast on a typical Ligurian lunch of seafood, pasta, and dessert with wine. All transportation, including boat and ferry tickets, is included, making this an easy day trip.
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  • 12 to 13 hours
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Day Trips

Cinque Terre Full Day Small Group Tour from Montecatini

Spend a full day on the majestic Italian coast with this full-day trip to the Cinque Terre from Montecatini. Explore four out of the five villages, admiring the ingenious terraced vineyards and pastel-colored buildings. Enjoy time to swim in the beautiful water and have lunch at a stunning restaurant in Monterosso (if option selected).
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  • 11 hours
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  • 11 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Cinque Terre Private Tour from Lucca

Spend the day exploring the beauty and culture of Cinque Terre on a full-day, private tour from Lucca. Visit Cinque Terre’s charming villages with time to explore on your own and a stop for lunch. Opt to take a hike or a ferry ride depending on your tastes. Enjoy total flexibility on your a private tour with space for up to eight guests. Avoid the hassles of driving or navigating and leave the details to your guide.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 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.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Multi-day Tours

4 Day Italian Riviera from Milan

Pack more of northern Italy into your vacation with this 4-day trip to the Italian Riviera. Making it easy to visit Genoa, the Cinque Terre, and the Ligurian coast in one trip, the experience combines daily excursions with prebooked hotel accommodation and air-conditioned transport right from your Milan hotel. Ample free time is worked in to the itinerary so you can discover Italy’s seaside delights at your own pace, too.
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  • 4 days
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