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La Spezia Cruise Port Guide

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What is in the Port at La Spezia and how to navigate your way around this Tuscan City.

This La Spezia Cruise Port Guide will help you navigate your way around this beautiful part of Tuscany next time you visit. The historic city of La Spezia is a 2 km walk from Molo Garibaldi port. You can wander around the town or get an independent tour, taxi or train to visit Pisa, Florence or Cinque Terra on your own. La Spezia is an excellent Port to capture the beauty of Italy.

Can you get into La Spezia town on foot from the port?

There is a free 5 minute  shuttle bus service in La Spezia port from your cruise ship.

Once the shuttle bus has dropped you off you will see many taxis waiting outside. From here you can either walk to the station which takes about 25 minutes or get a taxi which will cost you €15.

There are small little train carts through La Spezia that do guided tours. The trains wait at the exit of the port. You can then take look around the market and a wander in the streets before getting a cart train back to the port.

Zoom out and Screen shot this handy map of La Spezia on your smart phone to save wi-fi.


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What shore or independent excursions can I do from La Spezia Port?

Here are the best places to visit during your stop in La Spezia.


Florence is the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region and is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and beautiful architecture. Visit one the iconic sights such as the Duomo, a cathedral and Micheangelos David. You can visit Florence by train, taxi, or excursion. Find out what you can do with children on Florence with Cruising with Kids here.


The most well known place in Pisa is of course the leaning Tower of Pisa. Hop on the Flixbus from La Spezia which takes 1hr 15 minutes and costs approximately €8.
The return bus leaves at around 16.30 and will have you back in La Spezia by 17.45.

Many of the taxis offer tours so it is always a good idea to check a price with a driver. We paid €200 for a round trip to Pisa where the driver waited for us for 2 hours before returning us to the port. It is worth bartering with the Taxi drivers for a better deal or sharing with another passenger.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa in the Square of Miracles guide to la Spezia

Cinque Terre ( Five Lands )

In 1997  villages of Cinque Terre were designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

You can visit the 5 villages of Cinque Terre by train. Buy a Cinque Terre pass for €16 at the station and make sure you validate it at before travel. You could visit Portofino first then on the way back visit all of the towns in Cinque Terre.

Cinque Terre is beautiful and well worth a visit. There are many steps in and around the town so it may not be suitable for small children or buggies.

You can find the Cinque Terre train time table here


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A train to Lucca takes around 1hr and costs around €8 it is really easy and the perfect opportunity to discover this beautiful city.

Lucia is a well loved Tuscan city. It is surrounded by walls that were once used as defence and first built as early as 200bc. The walls we see today remain intact and date from later in 1513.  As the walls lost their military importance, the top of the walls became a popular promenade for pedestrians. This today is one of Lucca’s main attractions ‘the green walls’.

Porto Venere

Porto Venere is located on the Ligurian coast of Italy in the province of La Spezia and is also a UNESCO World heritage site.
If you walk down to the harbour of La Spezia you will notice lots of boats you can catch a 30 minute ferry here to Porto Venere, alternatively you can go by train. Here you can visit the famous poet Byron’s Grotto, Gothic churches and historic castles.


Other useful information.

Cruise lines that go to La Spezia include;

AIDA, Azamara, Celebrity, Costa, Cunard, Marella, MSC, Oceania, P & O, Pullmantur, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn, SeaDream, Silversea, Star Clippers, TUI

I hope this handy La Spezia Cruise Port Guide will help you on your travels.


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Thursday 13th of September 2018

Looks like you guys have lots of adventures!

Donna Vallance

Monday 17th of September 2018

Thank you! we loved La Spezia


Thursday 13th of September 2018

Good luck in the bibs :) Your blog looks really informative!

Donna Vallance

Monday 17th of September 2018

Thank you!

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