We used Papillon Service Italy Tours based on their great reviews and were not disappointed. We planned this cruise ship shore excursion from Livorno before we left home and communication at all times was great. We were met at the end of the gangway on time at 7.30am by the lovely Nicki and travelled in a comfortable 8 seater Mercedes van. We were two couples so had lots of room. On the way we picked up Simona who came along for the ride to learn more about being a tour guide. We were given lots of information about the area as we travelled to Portovenere. It was unfortunately cold and wet although we were provided with umbrellas. We were a bit rushed in Portovenere as there had been a traffic jamb in La Spezia which left us with only 20 minutes to quickly explore the ruins before catching the 10.00am ferry to Manarola. Nicki gave us a timetable for the ferries and explained carefully which ones to catch and where she would meet us at the other end in Monterosso. We had an hour in Manarola and Vernazza, catching the ferries between the villages. Luckily the sun came out in the end so we could experience this beautiful part of the coast in sunshine. We had stayed at Vernazza before and it was lovely to revisit. Nicki was waiting for us just after 1.00pm in Monterosso and took us to a restaurant for pasta, bread and local wine. We had more time to explore before departing at 3.00pm for the two hour drive back to Livorno. This fantastic shore excursion cost 480 euros for the four of us which we had to pay in cash on the day. I would recommend this company!
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