We booked a private tour to Cinque Terre/Porto Venere tour while our ship was docked at La Spezia. First let me thank Sharon for telling me that Florence is almost 2 hours away each way from La Spezia. We would have wasted almost 4 out of our 9 hours sitting in a car. We wanted to see as much as possible so we decided Cinque Terre/Porto Venere was the best option.
We were so glad we chose to do this. Our driver Luca and guide Rosana picked us up on time. First, Luca was a great driver. Lots of winding roads and I didn't get motion sickness sitting in the back seat. Rosana was a great guide! She was so full of information and very patient with us. She also had such great pride of this area where she is from as you can hear the passion in voice. We had our 3-year old son with us and on this day he seemed to go to the bathroom a lot. We ended up buying snacks, drinks and Rosana even ended buying 2 espressos of her own just so we could use the bar's bathroom. Once we were dropped off at Manarola, we took the train from town to town so we didn't get to experience the Lover's Trail, however, Rosana also gave us great tips and info for the next time we visit should we decide to take hiking trails to go from town to town.
Porto Venera was just as beautiful.
This part of Italy is so beautiful that it's not be missed. We would love to be able to return and spend more than just a few hours there.
Thank you Papillon for the excellent customer service you provided from beginning to end.
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