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Cinque Terre: Private Day Trip from Florence with Lunch

1. Cinque Terre: Private Day Trip from Florence with Lunch

Discover one of Italy’s most amazing destinations, the unforgettable Ligurian Coast of Cinque Terre, UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy scenic views of the 5 ingeniously constructed fishing villages on this private tour from Florence, accompanied by your own guide/sommelier. Cinque Terre was proclaimed as Italy's first national park in 1999. It is the smallest but also the densest national park in Italy. Between the villages, you will enjoy scenic train rides along the Ligurian coastline. A relaxing boat ride is also included between 2 of the villages so you can witness the stunning views of the Cinque Terre from the water. Wander the narrow streets, admire the colorful houses, or take the chance to swim in the turquoise water. Cinque Terre's rocky landscape has been tamed by winemakers who carved and cultivated the steep terraces facing the sea. It remains Italy's most difficult area to cultivate, due to unfriendly environmental conditions. Despite this, the area produces high-quality wines that reflect the traits of the territory: the salty whiff of minerality served as a reminder of the terraced vineyards on the Ligurian coast. Its wines are equally stunning: refreshing like a dip in the sea and scented like its exotic flora. Apart from sightseeing, this tour is centered around wine and food traditional to the area and distinct in its nature. Enjoy a multi-course lunch paired with the aromatic, mineral wine of Cinque Terre in a restaurant overlooking the Ligurian sea. Dive into traditional food and local specialties like focaccia, seafood dishes, and pasta with pesto, a sauce whose birthplace is the Ligurian region. Discover a paradise on the Italian Riviera where houses are suspended on steep cliffs and the crystal clear waters of the Ligurian Sea invite you in for a swim!

Riomaggiore: Vineyard & Wine Cellar Tour with Wine Tasting

2. Riomaggiore: Vineyard & Wine Cellar Tour with Wine Tasting

Vineyards overlooking the sea and Triple A wines: in the wonderful scenery of the Cinque Terre near to Riomaggiore there is a landscape and an enological reality that is not at all trivial, born from the dedication of its winemaker, a native of Riomaggiore. The result of his extreme dedication to work, his respect for tradition and continuous research, will not stop to continuously surprise us: first with a breathtaking scenery: an entire hillside descends abruptly from about 250 meters to the sea. From this very particular context, special wines are created that transmit the true character of tradition, including the sweet sciacchetrà  and white wines that give salty sensations combined with the perfume of Mediterranean scrub. Then new wines, the result of experimentation... including a rosé and a red, all organic production. An experience that will leave its mark and that will leave you with an indelible memory of the Cinque Terre.

Manarola: Cinque Terre Wine Tasting

3. Manarola: Cinque Terre Wine Tasting

Discover a hidden gem in Manarola and taste the world-famous Cinque Terre wines. Try 3 different varieties while tasting local delicacies and learn about the history and tradition behind the wine-making processes. Visit a former wine cellar located in the center of Manarola, near the little harbor. Completely renovated, the Bar-Enoteca is a place where people meet, drink wine, listen to good music – sometimes live – and enjoy delicious local food. Here you’ll try three exceptional varieties of local wine. First, the Cinque Terre white wine DOC, followed by a Cinque Terre red wine IGT, and finally a tasting of the famous Sciacchetrà, the sweet wine known around the world. The wine tasting will be accompanied by some light snacks. You’ll enjoy an evening of taste and culture in a region famous for it.

Cinque Terre: Wine Tasting and Walking Tour

4. Cinque Terre: Wine Tasting and Walking Tour

Have a sensory wine tasting experience in Manarola with three different Cinque Terre white wines. You’ll use your senses of sight, smell, and of course, taste, to fully enjoy the delicious wine from different cellars, then take a light walk and learn about the wine’s history.  The ambiance created with music and lighting will support your sensory wine tasting experience. You’ll taste three different white wines from different farms, complemented by delicious Ligurian focaccia and Taggiasca olives.  The tasting will be followed by a light walk on a beautiful path with a view of the vineyards, ending with a panoramic view of Manarola. The tour will be guided by an English or Italian-speaking professional sommelier, who will teach you about the land through its history. An experience that is sure to give you a unique perspective on wine.

Cinque Terre: Winery Tour and Tasting

5. Cinque Terre: Winery Tour and Tasting

Experience a wine tasting in a spectacular setting – overlooking the famous landscape of the Cinque Terre. Take in the view of the crystal clear water and enjoy the perfect climate while learning about the wine varieties, particularly the famous sweet wine, Sciacchetrà. Meet a winemaker from a famous agricultural cooperative in Groppo di Riomaggiore and explore their modern winemaking technologies up close. With the help of an expert guide and winemaker, you’ll learn about the various stages of cultivation and wine production.  Then try 2 dry wines and the famous Sciacchetrà sweet wine, paired with some local food delicacies.

Cinque Terre: Wine Tasting in Monterosso

6. Cinque Terre: Wine Tasting in Monterosso

Taste the flavors of Cinque Terre at a Monterosso wine bar. Try 3 different wines and enjoy a tasting of local products. Enjoy a conventionally made Cinque Terre DOC white wine, a naturally and traditionally made local white wine, and a Sciacchetrà. The tasting will be accompanied by some crostini, focaccia, salami, and cantucci with the Sciacchetrà. Discover the diversity of flavors and winemaking philosophies that can be found even in a small area. Learn about the new generation of Cinque Terre winemakers and the renaissance of traditional wine making.

Levanto: Pesto-Making Class

7. Levanto: Pesto-Making Class

Learn how to make your very own pesto following local traditions in this pesto-making class. Join your instructor in Levanto’s historical center, where the “Laboratory of Pesto” has been preparing this famous, ancient sauce since 1976. After tasting a glass of sparkling wine accompanied with a local extra virgin olive oil on bruschetta, taste pesto made using the modern method. Then, make pesto the traditional way with a mortar. Wash and dry the basil leaves, pounding them together with salt, pine nuts, and garlic. Add the Parmigiano cheese and the extra virgin olive oil and enjoy your thick and fragrant pesto. Taste your own homemade pesto together with a glass of white wine and some local products, such as olives, bruschetta with anchovies.

From Levanto or Monterosso: Cinque Terre Private Boat Tour

8. From Levanto or Monterosso: Cinque Terre Private Boat Tour

See the scenic Cinque Terre from the water as you set sail on a private boat tour. Admire 5 local towns from the water, enjoy food and drinks on board, and make a stop in the village of Vernazza before you return to your pickup point in Levanto or Monterosso. Set off on a private boat cruise and watch the sun set over Cinque Terre. Depart from either Levanto or Monterosso and pass towns including Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore with plenty of great picture opportunities. Listen as your guide tells you about the history and way of life in the area while you admire the picturesque beach towns from the water. In the warmer months, you can also go swimming in the national park's pristine waters. Enjoy an apéritif of regional delicacies while sipping prosecco and snacking on some traditional Ligurian dishes as background music plays. Take the opportunity to indulge in a frozen white wine tasting as well. Make a stop in the village of Vernazza, where you can stretch your legs and explore for a while before getting back on the boat and returning to Levanto or Monterosso.

La Spezia Cinque Terre Food Tour

9. La Spezia Cinque Terre Food Tour

La Spezia is a small town, and one of the best places to stay while visiting the amazing Cinque Terre and other beautiful places like Porto Venere and Pisa. It has a mixed culinary tradition, coming from Liguria and Tuscany. You will dive into La Spezia Cinque Terre's food scene, enjoying traditional dishes and the best street food specialties. This dining experience incorporates five traditional and street foods served in different eateries. You will be starting with an entree, and ending with a typical Italian dessert or a delicious ice-cream. You will taste some of the following dishes on the tour: Sgabei - a small fried pancake made from bread dough. Mesciua - chickpea, beans and wheat grains soup, typical of La Spezia. Testaroli or panigacci - a sort of pancake, boiled and enriched with pesto, oil, parmesan cheese, and mushroom sauce (testaroli), alternatively baked, served with cheese and cured meat (panigacci). Pasta with walnut sauce - typical from Liguria. Fried Calamari and Anchovies - freshly fished locally and cooked directly by local fishermen. Farinata - a delicious chickpea pancake cooked in a wood oven. The best one is soft in the center with a lighty crisp coating. Ice cream or dessert.

From Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Lunch

10. From Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Lunch

Visit one of Italy’s most amazing destinations: Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage site made up of cliffside villages. Enjoy scenic views of the ingeniously constructed fishing towns facing the Ligurian Sea on this small-group tour from Florence, accompanied by a sommelier guide the entire day. Cinque Terre was proclaimed as Italy's first national park in 1999. It is the smallest but also the densest national park in Italy. Between the villages, enjoy scenic train rides along the Ligurian coastline. A relaxing boat ride is also included between 2 of the villages so you can discover stunning views of the Cinque Terre from the water. Wander the narrow streets, admire the colorful houses, or take the chance to swim in the turquoise waters. Apart from sightseeing, this tour is centered around food and wine typical of the coastal area and distinct in nature. A multi-course lunch paired with the aromatic, mineral wine of Cinque Terre will be provided in a restaurant overlooking the Ligurian sea. Winemaking here is the result of heroic effort, due to steeply terraced vineyards scattered along cliffs. Feast on traditional food and local specialties like focaccia, seafood dishes, and pasta with pesto, a sauce whose birthplace is the Ligurian region. Discover a paradise on the Italian Riviera, where houses are suspended on steep cliffs and the crystal clear waters of the Ligurian Sea invite you in for a swim!

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What people are saying about Cinque Terre

It was a lovely experience with Gabriel as our host tasting 3 wines. Each wine was served with excellent snacks, salad with anchovies, bruschetta with pesto, followed by cheeses and fig jam and onion jam. The wines were great but the best part was Gabriel talking about his grandfather who started making wine and opened the cantina. It was a fun hour. Some generous pours and a grandson who appreciated the work of his grandfather.

Our guide Angel was terrific! He let us explore as well as giving us great facts about things. I would recommend this to anyone. We saw all the cities except the one on top but could have hiked to it if we wanted to. We chose the lunch options and was it delicious! From the wine to the dessert and espresso. First class! This is one I would do again.

Very friendly winegrower who likes to share his passion. Not stingy with explanations, we learned a lot about the exploitation of the vines at the 5 lands. Took his time to answer all of our questions. The tasting in his private cellars in Riommagiore was just as interesting. I highly recommend this tour

Sofia was a great guide, we were able to taste 5 typical dishes from Spezia and Liguria. Sofia knew a lot of things and perfectly perfectly French! A delight...

The view mixed with wine history of the area and then the tasting is all an absolute chef's kiss! So well done, would highly recommend.