A splendid day in exclusive locations away from the crowds - this tour is a real treat! After a late morning start, we transfer to the ridge above Cinque Terre to savor and learn about great local wines (three varieties of the Cinque Terre white wine and the heavenly Sciacchetrà). Views of all the five villages from here are amazing! We trade lunch for the visit of the famous marble quarries in Carrara (we go inside the marble mountain on a guided tour by local marble specialist) and learn the secrets of delicious local lard. The crown of the day awaits us in the foothills: a spectacular private wine estate with premium wines and owners for whom wine is the highest passion. Here, we savor their two best whites and one red, accompanied by delicious local treats and home-made jams, unique cheeses from the area, hams, rose and herb essences, local olive oil, and much more. Perfumes, flavors, and beauty indulge our senses. La dolce vita in every detail come true.
11AM: meet at the port of La Spezia and transfer to a winery above the Cinque Terre
Noon: visit the local wine producer, wine tasting, enjoy the views
1PM: transfer to Carrara marble quarries, visit of the quarries
3PM: visit of a private wine estate, private wine tasting (selection of their best wines) and savoring of local foods
6PM: back in the port of la Spezia
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: La Spezia port, cruise arrival terminal
NB: this tour can also start from Florence, Pisa, Lucca and Livorno
End location: La Spezia port, cruise departures terminal
NB: this tour can also end in Flornece, Pisa, Lucca and Livorno
Duration: 7 hours
For a shorter 6-hour day, the marble quarries can be omitted. For a more relaxed pace (more time for wine tasting), the day can be prolonged to 8 hours.
Private a/c Mecedes van with professional driver, two rows three seats each, comfortable in four. Minibus with 16 seats (comfortable in 10) is available - please ask for a quote.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
60 Euro - wine tastings €50/person, visit of marble quarries €10/person
I am a licensed guide, not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car with driver. My Florence license is for English, Italian, Russian and French languages only.