Things to do in Liguria

Our most recommended things to do in Liguria

Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike and Lunch

1. Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike and Lunch

Get a taste of 'la dolce vita' on this jam-packed tour to the Cinque Terre, a collection of quintessential Italian towns dotted along the coast of Tuscany. After meeting your guide in central Florence, listen to an insightful introduction about the Cinque Terre on the 2-hour bus journey to La Spezia. After a quick bathroom break, board the first train of the day. Arrive in Manarola, the first of the Cinque Terre villages you will visit. Here you will join a small guided walk through the vines, and then enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace. Next, take the train to Corniglia. Climb the steps to reach the center of this quaint village and take some time to wander around. If you have selected the add-on, sit down at a local restaurant with a beautiful terrace and sea views. Tuck into a lunch of homemade pesto pasta for your 'primo' and fresh fish for your ‘secondo’. Then, choose to either go on an adventurous guided hike from Corniglia to Vernazza, or if you prefer to take it easy, follow your guide and take a train instead. Once in Vernazza, sit at one of the local cafés, or take a refreshing dip in the sea. Next, board a train to Monterosso, the village renowned for its beautiful beaches and artisan shops. If the weather allows it, you will then board a boat to navigate along the coast of the Cinque Terre. Arrive in Riomaggiore, an ancient fishing village and the most southern of the 5 villages. After exploring this last village, board the train back to La Spezia and then take the coach back to Florence.

Aquarium of Genoa: Timeslot Ticket

2. Aquarium of Genoa: Timeslot Ticket

Make your way to the Aquarium of Genoa to see more than 5,000 animals from 400 species at Italy's largest aquatic zoo. Learn how the aquarium was built for the Genoa Expo '92. Enjoy a venue that is home to the biggest display of aquatic biodiversity in Europe. Venture into the fascinating waters of the world as you explore more than 70 tanks of critters. Marvel at animals from the Antarctic, such as penguins, and see sharks, seals, jellyfish, and the colorful fish of the coral barriers. Go to the Cetacean Pavilion, designed by Renzo Piano, and laugh along with the bottlenose dolphins at 4 open-air pools.

Genoa: Aquarium of Genoa with Lunch

3. Genoa: Aquarium of Genoa with Lunch

Immerse yourself in the largest aquatic biodiversity exhibition in Europe. Stroll through the world's most fascinating seas and waters as you discover the ocean and enjoy an unforgettable experience. In spectacular settings, enjoy new thematic itineraries to get to know all the secrets, curiosities, and details of a place that never ceases to surprise and excite. Enrich your visit with lunch at the Tender Cafè, which is a fast food bar inside the Aquarium of Genoa which has a splendid terrace overlooking the port of Genoa. It will be there that you can taste and discover Ligurian and Genoese specialties. Lunch is Genoese focaccia with burrata cheese, cherry tomatoes, chips, or a salad. Lunch also includes 1 drink of your choice.

Genoa: World-Famous Aquarium and Lighthouse Combo Ticket

4. Genoa: World-Famous Aquarium and Lighthouse Combo Ticket

Experience the Aquarium of Genoa, the largest aquarium in Italy, located in the old harbor area of Genoa. Enjoy an exciting, immersive, and engaging visit before climbing the steps of the Lighthouse of Geno, the tallest lighthouse in the Mediterranean.  Take a rich and exciting journey as you discover the seas of the world in an aquarium that hosts the most extensive range of aquatic biodiversity in Europe. The exhibition gallery consists of over 70 exhibitions and 600 species from all the seas of the world. From the rarest species such as manatees — marine mammals that may be at the origin of the legend of mermaids — to the most famous ones such as dolphins, penguins, and sharks.  The Genoa Aquarium is filled with innovative scenography, the latest digital installations, a completely renewed light and sound design, and a rich daily schedule of speeches. See also two areas dedicated to reptiles and amphibians, and to the conservation and recovery projects of animals in difficulty or seized by the authorities and entrusted to the aquarium. Next, walk over the iconic promenade to visit the monumental complex of the Lighthouse of Genoa, a symbol of the city. The world's fifth tallest lighthouse, the Lanterna di Genova has been operating for almost nine centuries and is the official lighthouse of the Port of Genoa. Climb the first 172 steps to admire Genoa from the top of its first panoramic terrace.

Genoa: Hop-on Hop-off Tour 24 or 48-Hour Ticket

5. Genoa: Hop-on Hop-off Tour 24 or 48-Hour Ticket

World Heritage-listed Genoa is the capital of Liguria and birthplace of Christopher Columbus. See many of its monuments and its grand 16th and 17th century palaces on the Strade Nueve, on a hop-on hop-on sightseeing tour. With your 24 or 48-hour ticket you’ll see more than just splendid buildings. Genoa presents a multitude of hidden gems waiting for you to discover. The double-decker bus departs from Piazza Caricamento and provides easy access to both of the city’s train stations, as well as ideal stopping points for shopping. Explore at your own pace as you hop off at attractions such as the Cathedral San Lorenzo, built in a patchwork of styles, from Gothic to Renaissance. Admire the huge Palazzo Ducale before jumping back on the bus to continue your journey to the city’s splendid museums. The town's best art collections can be visited in the 3 palaces of the Musei di Strada, where you’ll find masterpieces by Rubens along with many other local and Italian artists. Enjoy 360-degree panoramic views from the top deck. Take a stroll along the elegant Via Garibaldi, located in the cultural center of Genoa and lined with grand buildings and fine stores. By the rejuvenated Porto Antico you’ll find a number of attractions suitable for the entire family, including the aquarium where you can watch dolphins play. Buses run daily every 30 to 60 minutes until early evening, when you can take some time to discover Genoa’s active nightlife scene. The hub of evening activity lies in the historic part of town along the stretch bordered by Piazza Sarzano and Via San Lorenzo. Back on the bus the next day, within the ticket’s 24 or 48-hour period, you can stop off at the Bigo, a replica of a device that was used years ago to offload cargo from the ships. You’ll enjoy multilingual commentary on the bus, making it an ideal way to take in Genoa’s best attractions in a convenient, comfortable, and fun way. Line A- Red Line Stops 1) Caricamento 2) Via Garibaldi 3) Piazza De Ferrari 4) Brignole Train Station 5) Via XX Settembre 6) Carignano 7) Corvetto 8) Portello 9) Principe Train Station 10) Cruise Terminal Line B - Blue Line Stops 1) Caricamento 2) Via Garibaldi 3) Piazza De Ferrari 4) Levante Water Front 5) Boccadasse 6) Scalinata Borghese 7) Via XX Settembre 8) Corvetto 9) Portello 10) Principe Train Station 11) Cruise Terminal

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Sailing Tour by Speedboat

6. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Sailing Tour by Speedboat

Explore the beautiful cliffs, beaches, and colorful towns of the Cinque Terre on a sailing tour from La Spezia. You will see all five picturesque villages characterized by pastel-colored houses on a 4-hour speedboat tour. Start your tour from Passeggiata Morin in La Spezia and sail along the western coast of the Gulf of Poets. Admire the beautiful landscape of the four villages that make up the Borgata Marinara. Continue sailing towards Portovenere, where you will cross the Le Bocche, a strait between the town of Portovenere and the wild Palmaria Island. See the magnificent Romanesque church of San Pietro, set among the rocks and overlooking the sea. Discover the unspoiled coves of Le Rosse, Monesteroli, and Punta Pineda along the coastline. Grab a chance to dip in the pristine waters of the Cinque Terre Natural Park. Marvel at the beauty of Monterosso al Mare, the last and most vibrant of the five villages. Here you can enjoy local specialties such as focaccia with anchovies or delicious gelato. Pass through the famous muscle farms while returning to La Spezia. 

From Florence: Seaside Beauty Day Trip to Cinque Terre

7. From Florence: Seaside Beauty Day Trip to Cinque Terre

Visit one of Italy's most enchanting destinations, Cinque Terre, on a day trip by coach, train, and boat. Each of these unforgettable little cities will take your breath away with their gravity-defying dance above the azure waters. This day trip will give you an unforgettable and fun introduction to this coastal gem. Begin your tour of these UNESCO sites at daybreak with your arrival in La Spezia. Board a train to Riomaggiore, a quaint medieval town dating to the 13th century. Marvel at the winding streets of this village and its charming houses leaning one against the other. Next, head over to Manarola to enjoy panoramic views. Continue on to Monterosso, an ancient fishing village considered the "pearl of the Cinque Terre." Finally, take a boat across to Vernazza, whose natural port has kept it safe from invaders for centuries.

From Florence: Full-Day Private Cinque Terre Tour with Pisa

8. From Florence: Full-Day Private Cinque Terre Tour with Pisa

Embark on a full-day tour of the Cinque Terre from Florence. Enjoy a boat ride to Vernazza from Manarola with plenty of time to explore the winding lanes and sea views. Visit Corniglia and make a stop at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. In Manarola, follow the narrow alleys and pretty pastel squares that epitomize the beauty of the Cinque Terre. Depart for Vernazza on a shared boat ride and marvel at the breathtaking coastal views. At Vernazza, enjoy free time for lunch and wander around this enchanting town. Admire the terraced slopes of the surrounding hills. Visit the harbor, the beach, and lose yourself in the fascinating labyrinth of back alleys. Continue to Corniglia, the only Cinque Terre town not located directly on the water. Enjoy the best views of the Cinque Terre from the town belvedere while exploring this enchanting medieval town. On the way back to Florence, make a stop in Pisa for stunning photos of the leaning tower in Piazza dei Miracoli. 

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour by Train with Limoncino

9. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour by Train with Limoncino

Once you arrive at the port of La Spezia, meet your tour guide at the cruise terminal. Take a 20-minute walk to arrive at the train station from where you will begin your adventure. On the walk, you will discover the beautiful city center of La Spezia. Trains are undoubtedly the ideal means of transportation to explore the area, in just 15 minutes, passing through the sheer heights of the Ligurian Sea, you will reach Vernazza, one of the most colorful villages in the area. Here you can enjoy some free time in this picturesque village, characterized by pastel-colored houses with beautiful views of crystal clear waters. The second stop will be Monterosso, the largest of the Cinque Terre villages, which also owns a stunning beach characterized by fine white sand and a clear and transparent sea. Here you will have a surprise reserved for you, a stop to taste the delicious Limoncino in a traditional shop. This exquisite liqueur is ideal to toast for the wonderful day that you are spending, immersed in the nature, colors, and flavors of this fascinating and unique land. After having some free time in Monterosso, take the train to Riomaggiore, the last stop before coming back to La Spezia. This small village, like the other four, offers breathtaking views of the coast, as well as glimpses of the daily lives of the fishermen with their traditional boats that you will see tied to the port. Also, if you are staying at La Spezia, choose the best starting point for you: the cruise port or the train station.

From La Spezia: Round-Trip to Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion

10. From La Spezia: Round-Trip to Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion

Explore Pisa with this shore excursion from La Spezia. Upon disembarking, you'll take one of the free shuttle buses from the pier to the terminal to meet your easily recognizable tour leader outside the terminal. After admiring the UNESCO Piazza Dei Miracoli, choose the city walking option to have the opportunity to see hidden treasures of the medieval city in the company of a local tour guide. Walk through the Piazza Dei Cavalieri, borgo stretto, see the birthplace of Galileo Galilei, the Vettovaglie market, and much more. Choose the tower ticket option, to climb to the top of the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and enter its spectacular Cathedral with priority access. At the end of your experience, you will return to La Spezia to board the ship.

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Our guides Chris & Ado were absolutely amazing! They were kind, knowledgeable and on top of everything! They kept track of each one of us and gave us great info and tips for each town we visited. You can tell these two have fun working together and are truly good people. Cinque Terre was beautiful. We opted out of the hike so we could have more time on the beach. The towns are colorful, picturesque and easy to explore. Lastly during the bus ride home our guides made the effort to talk to each of us to answer any questions we may have had. It was truly the best experience I’ve ever had with guides. I highly recommend this excursion.

This was a great excursion! Given the time we had, we were as able to site see on our own and have a nice lunch! The guide was friendly and helpful with precise information on how to get to the points of interest, and even gave us phone # should we need it. It was nice to visit Pisa. Bus ride was comfortable

Awesome, highly recommend! The tour guides were both so amazing and generous, as well as very clear with instructions. Got to see all 5 towns and had enough time at each.

Great tour with a wonderful guide. The drive there and back was long but the overall experience was very good.

Great Tour. Valerio is an excellent driver. shared his knowledge on Italian tradition , wine and food.