October Day Trips near Portovenere

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October is a great month to visit the Gulf of Poets: the weather is still mild, the natural landscape delights our eyes with the distinctive autumn colors, the flavors of fall are celebrated with wine and food festivals. On top of this, there are less tourists around meaning that – with less queues and cheaper prices – you can probably do a lot more during your break on the Italian Riviera.

If you are staying in Portovenere as your base for visiting Cinque Terre and the Gulf of Poets, we have some articles with tips on how to enjoy your time in the area, for example: Top 10 Things to do in Portovenere, Castles of the Riviera Spezzina, Exploring Lunigiana, Tour in La Spezia’s Oyster Farms, Wine Tasting in Portovenere, What to do on a Rainy Day in Portovenere.

If you have more days available and want to make the most out of your Italian vacation, in October you can easily organize day trips in Liguria and even in the neighboring regions of Tuscany and Emilia Romagna. In this article, Discover Portovenere Blog suggests some events and sightseeing that you can enjoy with less than 2 hours’ drive away from Portovenere.

Marble Tour & Art Exhibit in Carrara (Tuscany)

Carrara, the city in Tuscany that is famous for its marble, is only one hour away by car from Portovenere. There you can enjoy an interesting tour in the marble quarries, complete with a visit at a sculpture workshop and a light lunch at Colonnata. The team at Grand Hotel Portovenere will be glad to assist you in organizing your marble quarry experience across the border in Tuscany. By the way, did you know that Portovenere’s territory also has its own marble? It’s the exclusive Portoro, a fine-grained, black marble, with strong white and gold veining that resembles the ripples in a stream.

Carrara marble quarry

Carrara also hosts a beautiful exhibition at Museo CARMI (Carrara and Michelangelo Museum) until 10 June 2020, dedicated to Antonio Canova.

Vintage Sailboats in Viareggio (Tuscany)

Raduno Vele Storiche Viareggio has become one of the most attended events in the sailing world. It takes place from 17 to 20 October 2019. Among this year’s new features is the return (after 80 years), of the historic Tirrenia Cup II, assigned until 1939 to the vintage boat that had completed the longest sailing in the Mediterranean and that is now awarded to the boat that documents the most interesting offshore cruising.


Cosplay in Lucca (Tuscany)

In autumn, Lucca becomes the colorful set of Lucca Comics and Games, an internationally acclaimed event dedicated to comics, cartoons, games and video games. In 2019, the main festival takes place from 30 October to 3 November, while a series of exhibitions are on display from 12 October to 3 November. Walking around Lucca during these days is a great experience for children, adults and even spectators who know nothing about the world of comics and games. You’ll feel like being catapulted in a fantasy world, where you will find people wearing beautiful costumes and detailed accessories around every corner.


Piaggio Museum in Pisa (Tuscany)

From May until 10 November 2019, Museo Piaggio hosts an exhibition called “Out of Town – Italian Cuisine on the Road with Vespa”. The exhibition route, subdivided into 6 sections, is entertaining, visual, intriguing: from «Women and girls» to «The great outdoors», from «Italy out of town» to «A window on the world», from «A question of style» to «Today».

Futurism in Pisa (Tuscany)

From 11 October 2019 until 9 February 2020, Palazzo Blu dedicates an interesting exhibition the artistic and social movement of futurism. On 20 February 1909, the Manifesto of the foundation of Futurism, drawn up by F.T Marinetti, poet, writer and brilliant communicator, came out with an international outcry on “Le Figaro”, in Paris. What has happened since then?

futurism exhibition pisa tuscany

Food Festivals around Parma (Emilia Romagna)

Cross Liguria’s border to reach one of Italy’s top food regions – Emilia Romagna. Find a foodie paradise in Parma, which is a 2-hour drive away. Here you visit a variety of Food Museums, including the Museum of Parmigiano Reggiano, of Pasta, of Wine and Museum of Prosciutto – among others.

If you are looking for food festivals: the village of Calestano hosts the Fragno Black Truffle National Fair from 20 October to 17 November 2019!

October in the Gulf of Poets

Are you looking for a hotel that is located between Liguria, Tuscany and Emilia Romagna for your Italian fall break? Visit the website of Grand Hotel Portovenere to discover its ideal location and special offers for direct bookings.

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