Cruise Port Atlas | La Spezia (Cinque Terre), Italy Day Trips | Attractions

La Spezia (Cinque Terre), Italy Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit La Spezia: Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Celebrity, Cunard, Costa, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean

Recommended Attractions: Portovenere, Cinque Terre, Lucca, Pisa, Lerici

Church of St. PeterPortovenere

La Spezia to Portovenere - 14 Km, 20 minutes

Founded in the first century BC, Portovenere's strategic location has defined its history and its architecture. The Church of St. Peter was consecrated in 1198 on the rocky outcropping where it still stands. The dramatic location makes it the most popular attraction in the port. Even older is the Church of St. Lawrence, a Romanesque structure built where a temple to the Roman god Jupiter once stood. Medieval alleyways wind through several parts of the port.

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Strenuous Walking    Not Wheelchair Accessible

Church of St. PeterCinque Terre

La Spezia to Riomaggiore - 13 Km, 20 minutes
La Spezia to Monterosso al Mare - 34 KM, 45 minutes

The five coastal towns of the Cinque Terre hang precariously from the rocky coast between Portovenere and Levanto, are picturesque, and nearly free of modern development lending a rustic, otherworldly quality to these isolated towns. Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore are their names from north to south. A 5 hour hike is a popular way to see the villages, but not for everyone. A passenger ferry stops at 4 of the 5 towns. A local train from La Spezia will get you there, but views from the train are limited.

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Strenuous Walking    Limited Wheelchair Accessibility

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Cathedral of St. MartinLucca

La Spezia to Lucca - 78 Km, 60 minutes

Lucca was one of the most important cities in the Roman Empire and in medieval and Renaissance Italy. Along with Venice, it was one of the most important democratic city-states and until the Renaissance rivaled Florence in regional power. Its renaissance city walls are still standing and are one of the city's most renowned attractions. The Cathedral of Saint Martin is the major religious monument of the city.

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Strenuous Walking    Not Wheelchair Accessible

Church of St. PeterPisa

La Spezia to Pisa - 84 Km, 60 minutes

Those who only visit to see the Leaning Tower will be missing much. Pisa is one of the most ancient cities in Italy, dating back long before the Romans dominated the peninsula. It was an important port due to its location near the coast on the Arno river. There are 20 other historic churches, several palaces, and the city's university, one of the oldest in Europe.

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Strenuous Walking    Not Wheelchair Accessible

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

Walking & Wheelchair Accessibility:

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