Things to do in Lerici

Our most recommended things to do in Lerici

La Spezia: Gulf of Poets Boat Trip

1. La Spezia: Gulf of Poets Boat Trip

Sail along the western coast of the Gulf of Poets and admire villages that makeup Borgate Marinare. Cross the Le Bocche strait and stop at coves in the Portovenere Archipelago. Stop at the Blue Grotto, the Stella Maris, and the Portoro Marble Quarrie, and pass by a mussel farm. Start the sailing trip by following the western coast of the Gulf of Poets until you reach Portovenere. Admire the village of Portovenere and the wild Palmaria Island before stopping at a cove in Portovenere Archipelago, where you will have the chance to go for a swim. Hop back on board and head to the Blue Grotto. After seeing the Blue Grotto, visit Stella Maris and the Portoro Marble Quarries. See Byron's Grotto, where legend has it, Lord Byron lived and would swim across the bay. Discover the small town Lerici, where Mary and Percy Shelley lived, and other gems, including Tellaro and the Fiascherino's Bay. Stop in the bay and go for a swim behind Lerici's Medieval Castle. On the way back, pass by the local mussel farms.

La Spezia: Gulf of Poets Boat Rental without a Skipper

2. La Spezia: Gulf of Poets Boat Rental without a Skipper

Arrive at the Mirabello port of La Spezia, which has car parking at a cost of 1 euro per hour. Meet a member of staff inside the petrol station who will explain how to reach the Gulf of Poets by sea, give you a map, and answer all your questions. Climb into a boat full of gas. Listen to some brief instructions about how to turn on and drive the boat and all the equipment on board for navigation. Then, set out to explore the Ligurian Sea. Discover the villages of Portovenere and Lerici, as well as the Palmeria, Tino, and Tinetto islands. After a day of exploring, return the boat to the same place and fill it up with gas.

Portovenere: Santerenzo, Lerici, & Tellaro Guided Boat Tour

3. Portovenere: Santerenzo, Lerici, & Tellaro Guided Boat Tour

Enjoy a relaxing time crossing the entire Gulf dei Poeti and reach the wonderful villages of Santerenzo, Lerici and Tellaro from Portovenere in a beautiful boat. The major points of interest we will come across will be Baia Blu, the village of Santerenzo, Lerici and its incredible castle, La Caletta (swim stop), the bay of Fiascherino, the village of Tellaro and Punta Corvo. Then we will take the Palmaria (swim stop), Tino and Tinetto tour, the three islands of the Arcipelago Spezzino. Near Tinetto Island you can admire also a statue of a white "Madonnina".

Porto Venere: Local Food and Wine Tasting in a Villa

4. Porto Venere: Local Food and Wine Tasting in a Villa

Settle into the decadent setting of a villa in Porto Venere. View the beautiful village and sea, and witness the traditional preparation of Scherpada, made in a round terracotta. Sip on local wines while listening to a 'tasting guide,' and discover the varieties of grapes in each glass. Appreciate the process of preparing the special dough in a cast iron plate for the delicious Scherpada. Sit by the fire in winter, or relax in the garden in summer. Share a foodie experience with other cuisine lovers, and take in the stunning Portovenerian view.

From Lerici: Scuba Diving Lessons and Dive in Portovenere

5. From Lerici: Scuba Diving Lessons and Dive in Portovenere

Learn from a diving instructor how to move and breathe underwater before beginning your first scuba diving lesson. Then, dive into the blue sea and experience the silence of underwater life. Feel the extraordinary sensation of floating weightlessly among colorful fish and corals. Meet your instructor at the scuba diving school near Lerici and try out the diving equipment. Next, leave the shoreline on a boat to one of the most spectacular diving spots in the protected marine area of Porto Venere. Learn the theoretical basics, and how to wear the diving equipment. Move hand in hand with your instructor into the water, where you’ll be able to try breathing underwater on your first dive.

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Boat Tour with Lunch and Wine

6. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Boat Tour with Lunch and Wine

Navigate aboard a 10-meter-long vintage wooden boat for an authentic Italian experience discovering the Cinque Terre. Embark on a scenic cruise across the five picturesque villages that make up the region, taste a delicious buffet lunch with wine, and stop to explore the village of Vernazza. Board your boat at Porto Mirabello in La Spezia and set sail along the striking Cinque Terre coastline. Become surrounded by towering cliffs and crystal-clear water and seize the chance to stop for a swim. Admire the traditional architecture of the ancient villages that make this area famous. Indulge in a buffet of regional products, such as bruschettas and cheeses, and sip on some sparkling Prosecco on board. Reconnect with nature and bask in the sun as you travel by Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, and Monterosso, and disembark to stroll around the charming Vernazza.

Private Tour of the Shelleys in Lerici nearby Cinque Terre

7. Private Tour of the Shelleys in Lerici nearby Cinque Terre

This tour starts from La Spezia train station, where you will meet your private guide for the day. With a private taxi, you'll reach the beautiful village of Lerici, one of the places near the Cinque Terre that the Shelleys loved the most. You'll explore Lerici with your guide and get to see the famous Shelley House. You will the board a ferry to the picturesque village of Portovenere. Once there, you will explore the islands of the Poet's Gulf, such as Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. These islands are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll have the change to learn everything about the Shelleys and the other poets who stayed here and the reasons why these places inspired them so much! Just ask your expert guide.

La Spezia: Porto Venere Private Boat Tour

8. La Spezia: Porto Venere Private Boat Tour

Sail around the Unesco World Heritage site of Porto Venere on this private yacht tour from La Spezia. Go on a full-day or a half-day tour. Board your luxury yacht at the port in La Spezia and set sail. Sit back and relax with a glass of Prosecco and local Italian products. Visit Porto Venere, a settlement that was established by the Ligures in the sixth century BC. Explore the village and immerse yourself in its history. On the full-day tour, you will also visit the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. Check out the villages of Lerici and Tellaro, where you'll have the opportunity to do some cave snorkeling. On the half-day trip, you won't be getting off the boat to visit Porto Venere and Lerici on foot and lunch is not included.

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What people are saying about Lerici

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 51 reviews

Superb excursion with Alexandro. With a 1 hour stop at Porto venere, swimming at the foot of the boat and then another stop at Lerici. Worth doing. Discovery of the caves with blue water… There were 12 of us in the boat so a small committee, it changes from the big boats where you can't see everything. To do without hesitation Thank you Alexandro. I love speed

Amazing trip around the other parts of La Spezia not including the cinque terre! Was nice to hop on and off the boat and explore the smaller villages as well as swim in the sea! Great music and vibes on the boat and a lovely way to spend the afternoon!

We saw some lovely places and swam in beautiful Bays. Alex was charming and considerate. I wish we had done this activity at the start and had more time to revisit the areas as Cinque Terra was too too busy.

Excellent quick tour, beautiful sea and picturesque places

Most enjoyable activity being on the water fabulous