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About La Spezia

Tucked into the Ligurian coastline between Genoa and Pisa, is the pretty town of La Spezia - one of Italy's most important military and commercial harbours. But it's not this that attracts so many. La Spezia is the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site called Cinque Terre - a collection of five coastal villages perched on the coastline. Monterosso al Marc is famous for its beaches. Vernazza is a charming fishing port decorated with colourful buildings. Cornigilia is perched high above sea level with painted houses clinging to the cliff face. Peaceful Manarolais is modern in comparison and boasts a rocky cove. While Riomaggiore is a pretty town with attractive tall houses marching up the hillside.

Back in La Spezia itself you'll find a number of churches and museums. There's the 13th century Our Lady of Assumption church, housing a surprising collection of art, and the civic museum in the Castle of San Giorgio is just one of seven museums in the town.

 

Shore excursions in La Spezia

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Blue Bay Beach Getaway

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Relax on the beach or take a dip in the crystal clear sea at the sheltered Blue Bay Beach.

Blue Bay (Baia Blu), it one of the most beautiful bays in the region of Liguria. Its sheltered position between Punta Santa Teresa and Punta Galera makes it the perfect retreat for swimming and watersports.

Blue Bay offers many amenities such as a self service restaurant, 3 bars, 2 swimming pools for adults and children and a children's club.

After a short transfer from the ship, you’ll arrive at Blue Bay where you’ll find changing rooms, a complimentary sun lounger and beach umbrella (which are included in the price of your tour). You’ll have approximately 3 hours to relax on the beach, swim in the sea or perhaps take a dip in the pool.

At a time specified by your escort, you’ll meet up and walk back to the coach park, for the return drive to La Spezia.

Essential information

This excursion operates by minibus and on foot. Blue Bay is a shingle beach. Please remember to take swimwear, a towel and protection from the sun; beach shoes are also recommended. Blue Bay is a popular beach and can become crowded at times. Lunch is not included. Please take note of the pick-up time and place.

Bocelli Essence of Wine

Activity mediumMeal includedShopping

Duration: 6 hours

Enjoy an unforgettable tour exploring the hometown of Maestro Andrea Bocelli. Visit his vineyards and museum and mingle with his family over lunch.

Catch a glimpse into the life of famous Italian tenor, Maestro Andrea Bocelli by spending your day in the heart of the rolling hills of Tuscany in his hometown of Lajatico; Explore the Bocelli family vineyards under the Tuscan sun before indulging in an exquisite wine tasting at the Officine Bocelli, the newest restaurant owned by the Bocelli family.

Leaving the pier, you’ll take a scenic drive through the Tuscan countryside to the Theatro di Silencio where the Maestro holds his annual concert.

Your next stop is the Bocelli family vineyards, where you’ll learn about the wine making process and indulge in a fine wine tasting, accompanied by delicious local cheese meats and bread. .

Mingle alongside the nephew of Andrea Bocelli, who will explain in depth the history of their family, their wines and their legacy. While waiting for a divine Tuscan lunch to be served, browse the Andrea Bocelli museum, dedicated to all the achievements in the life of the Maestro.

After your truly stunning experience, you’ll be the envy of your friends and return to the ship with wonderful memories.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by car or minivan and on foot. Journey time to Lajactico is approximately 1½ hours each way. This tour has limited capacity, therefore we recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Easy Pisa

Activity mediumShoppingFamily

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover the delights of Pisa with less walking. Trundle through this famous little town taking in the sights from the trolley train.

On arrival at the Pisa coach parking area, you’ll be met by your very own trolley train. Take a guided tour of the Pisa Medicea. See the interesting buildings along the River Arno, and pass through the lovely little Piazza dei Cavalieri, where the University and Conte Ugolino Tower are located.

The Trolley Train then takes you to the famous Field of Miracles. Here, your guide will introduce you to the delights of the Cathedral and the Baptistery. You’ll have around 30 minutes of free time to enjoy Miracle Square. Take some photos of the incredible Leaning Tower, do a spot of souvenir shopping, enjoy an ice cream or relax in a nearby café.

Take note of the meeting point for your trolley train transfer back to the parking area, where you’ll rejoin the coach for the return drive.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and trolley train. Passengers must be able to negotiate steps on and off the coach as well as the trolley train. The trolley only has limited storage for wheelchairs. The trolley train ride can be bumpy at times. The amount of walking during the free time is at passengers’ discretion; the terrain here is flat. Comfortable, flat shoes are recommended.

Florence and Pisa

Activity highShopping

Duration: 10 hours

Wander amidst the treasures of Florence and Pisa, absorb the artistic history and admire the timeless architecture and monuments.

Rising above the heart of the city is the richly decorated Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo). Standing in its shadow, you won’t be surprised to learn that this is the fourth largest church in the world.

See the most striking square in Florence, Signoria Square. The massive Palazzo Vecchio with its high fortress-like walls dominates the Piazza. Here, you can see a copy of Michelangelo’s famous statue ‘David’.

Santa Croce Square is one of Florence’s most pleasant squares. See the lovely church, surrounded by numerous shops and quaint cafés. (church exterior only). Photograph the famous 14thcentury bridge over the River Arno, the serene Ponte Vecchio.

You’ll enjoy some free time to purchase your own lunch and browse the shops before heading off to Pisa. Once in the famous and surprisingly small town of Pisa, you’ll have time to photograph the ‘Field of Miracles’, site of the Cathedral and, of course, the Leaning Tower.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and on foot. The transfer to Florence takes around 2¼ hours. Lunch is not included to allow maximum flexibility and time in Florence. Florence is pedestrianised with cobbled streets. Traffic is not permitted and the coach drop-off point is a 15 minute walk to and from the city centre. The majority of this tour is conducted on foot and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. There is a 15 minute walk to and from the parking area to the Field of Miracles. Time spent at Pisa is un-guided. Passengers should dress appropriately when entering churches. Entrance fees are not included. The order of this tour may vary.

Florence On Your Own

Activity mediumShoppingFamily

Duration: 11 hours

Perfect for those who may have already been to Florence, but wish to discover even more of this beautiful city independently.

On arrival in Florence, you’ll take a walk to Santa Croce Square with your Escort. Sightsee at leisure or enjoy ‘people-watching’ from a ringside seat at one of the cafés in the Piazza della Signoria. Re-visit some of the wonderful monuments missed on a previous occasion or browse in the elegant boutiques in the city or at the goldsmiths on the famous Ponte Vecchio.

This is the perfect tour option for those who want to take in some of the many museums Florence has to offer, such as the Accademia, Uffizi, the Medici chapels and many more.

Alternatively, you may want to take your place in the queue to visit the spectacular interior of the Duomo or climb the heights of its impressive dome for incomparable views of the city.

The day is yours to do as you please. Your Escort will arrange to meet at a specified time and place for the return drive to La Spezia.

Essential information

This excursion operates by coach and on foot. This excursion is non-guided and exclusive of lunch and entrance fees. The transfer to Florence takes around 2¼ hours. Florence is pedestrianised with cobbled streets. Traffic is not permitted and the coach drop-off point is a 15-minute walk to and from the city centre. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The coaches cannot be held for latecomers and a return taxi to La Spezia costs around £200.

 

A selection of cruises to La Spezia

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