PORTO VENERE, CINQUE TERRE AND THE ISLANDS (PALMARIA, TINO E TINETTO) (UNESCO RECOGNITION SINCE 1997)
Sheer hills, fascinating fishing towns, the perfect mix of history and environment, the harmonized relationship between man and nature, which has shaped a landscape of extraordinary scenic beauty, a symbol of a traditional way of living: this is the harmonic union of man and nature that can be experienced in La Spezia area.
This poetic spot at the easternmost point of Liguria region hosts the National Park of Cinque Terre and the Regional Nature Park of Portovenere: both of them, together with the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto) became World Human Heritage on the 5th of December 1997, thanks to their incomparable landscape beauty and to the uniqueness of the ecosystems they succeeded to protect.
The variegated tourist offer of the province of La Spezia results also in the several circuits that start from the city of La Spezia and reach all the villages where museums, castles, fortresses, villas dating back to the Roman Age, geological areas, churches and sacred places let the tourists immerse into local culture and traditions, with the possibility to taste excellent wine and food recalling the taste and scent of the sea and the land which generated them and the wise hands that let them be unique.
1 Visit to the city center of La Spezia and dinner in one of the typical restaurants of the town.
2 Visit of the Cinque Terre (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso) and Portovenere. This can be a hiking tour along the exceptional paths running through the Cinque Terre or you can take the train. For those who love travelling by sea, please choose the boat trip that operates all year long and enjoy the unforgettable landscape from a unique and priviledged point of view. During the afternoon you may visit Lerici, its hamlet and the San Rocco oratory, the Saint Francis church and the impressive Castello di Lerici, where the geopaleontologic museum is.
3 Guided tour of La Spezia and Sarzana. You’ll visit the La Spezia historic center, the city museum of ancient art and the archeological museum in the San Giorgio Castle. If you wish to visit another type of museum, you may choose to visit the naval museum- which La Spezia is very proud of – at the navy yard (Arsenale Militare). In the afternoon, you’ll visit Sarzana, its historic center and Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Via Mazzini, the ancient Via Francigena, and Piazza del Comune. Your tour will end at the wonderful Fortezza di Sarzanello (Sarzanello Fortess).
City of La Spezia, Cinque Terre, Portovenere, Levanto and Bonassola, the fishing town of Le Grazie, San Terenzo, Lerici and Tellaro, the Regional Nature Park of Montemarcello, the Magra Valley, the Archeological site of Luni, City of Sarzana.
HOW TO GET HERE
By car (Motorways):A12Genoa-Livomo, A15 Panna-La Spezia.
By train: Rome – Pisa -Genoa Railway line.
By plane: Genoa and Pisa airports.