Start this fun day trip at sea by making your way to the port in La Spezia and meet the expert skipper who will be maneuvering your boat through the seas in Liguria for the next seven hours. Hop on the boat and sail away into the Gulf of La Spezia, also known as the Gulf of Poets because of the legendary scribes who have put their stamp on their area. From a distance, see the islands of Palmaria and Tino.
After a while, head west along the coastline of Cinque Terre to see the famous five villages that hug the rocky shore: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. As the boat cuts through the shimmering sea, marvel at the colorful picturesque villages, some of which can't be accessed by automobile, which means the view from the boat is the best way to see them.
Once you reach Varnazza, sit down on the boat to indulge in a typical Ligurian lunch that may included focaccia, anchovies, cured meats and other delights (see sample menu below).
Continue sailing along the shoreline and even take the reins for a while as the skipper offers some valuable sailing tips. The trip finishes when you disembark back in La Spezia in the early evening.