We are in the very early planning stages of a trip to Viareggio in October 2018. From what I’ve read, a day excursion to Porto Venere would be a lovely trip however I can’t seem to find if a ferry departs from Viareggio (morning would be nice) to Porto Venere and we can catch a return ferry the same day. Does one exist? Do we have to take a bus/train to a town closer to Porto Venere to catch a ferry? I realize this is early and well before next year’s ferry schedule but taking the ferries is a priority for our first trip to this area and may greatly influence our choice of Viareggio as a base.
Thank you for any input, experiences and expertise in this query.