Ferries in Liguria
Because of its nature of sea region, Liguria has an efficient ferries network structured to connect the region to the rest of Italy, to the major isles and to some of the most important ports on the Mediterranean sea. Especially the terminals in Genoa, Savona and La Spezia represent a destination and a starting point for cruise ships of the major companies.
The biggest ferry port is situated in Genoa actually, it is the nearest to tourists from Switzerland, Austria and Germany and ferries go to all possible destinations around the Mediterranean from there, while the Savona ferry point represents an excellent starting point for daily trips between Italy and Corsica.
You will find ferries that from Sardinia go to Genoa both at night and day, and one of the most popular ferry destinations is Sicily. In fact, even though the ferries are not cheap, they are anyway a good alternative to travelling by land if you consider that a journey along Italy is more expensive than a trip by ferry.
Other ferries sail on the Mediterranean in the direction of Corsica and of Italian and French islands. Again from Genoa, Grandi Navi Veloci crosses to Barcelona weekly - it takes around 18 hours - and it also offers a weekly crossing to Tangiers, in Morocco - it takes around 46 hours. Other direct ferry routed from Genoa are Bastia (in Corsica), Olbia, Palermo (in Italy) and Porto Torres.
But, before leaving for Liguria, consider that even if the two ferry ports of Liguria are easy to reach, it is not the same for finding the right boat cause at certain times they all are fully occupied, so it is strongly recommended to book your trip by ferry in advance.
While, talking about the Cinque Terre area, a possibility is offered to visitors of tourist trips by boat along the stunning west Ligurian coastline. Departures are from the ports of La Spezia, Lerici and Portovenere to the villages of the Cinque Terre and also to other locations of the west coast such as Levanto, Bonassola, Deiva Marina, Moneglia, Portofino and even the island of Palmaria. During summertime additional departures are also supplied from Tuscany (Marina di Carrara, Forte dei Marmi, Marina di Massa and Viareggio) to the Cinque Terre and Portofino.
During your boat trip, you will have the chance of getting on and off as you like, in order to take your time for visiting the different villages that make up the area (Riomaggiore, Manarola and Monterosso), then continue to Portovenere; from there you will have the possibility to start a tour of the three isles of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto, or as an alternative continue to Lerici. The costs for such service vary according to the tour chosen.