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Manarola: Cinque Terre Wine Tasting

1. 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: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

2. Cinque Terre: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private dining experience at a local's home. You will enjoy an exclusive show cooking and tasting authentic recipes that have been treasured in family cookbooks passed down by authentic Italian "mammas". You can feel the warmth of Italian hospitality, as you connect with local people. A 4-course menu including a starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, and dessert will be served, with drinks included (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee).

From Florence: Cinque Terre Small Group Tour with Lunch

3. From Florence: Cinque Terre Small Group Tour with Lunch

Embark on a one-day small-group adventure through Cinque Terre. Discover the beauty of its villages and soak up the authentic essence of this Italian paradise. Savour the ultimate treasures of this region – its traditional cuisine and unique local wines. Experience exclusive treatment from your knowledgeable guide. Escape the crowds and discover hidden gems.  On the morning of your tour, enjoy a comfortable transfer from Florence to the North West Riviera in an air-conditioned minivan. Visit some of the most beautiful villages and landscapes of the UNESCO world heritage site Cinque Terre National Park, such as Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. Marvel at five miles of rocky coast lined with terraces and cultivated with vineyards. Learn about the regional peculiarities of grape harvesting and wine production. Spot small medieval fishing villages built on rock. Gaze at the incredible color of the sea and the sky, and understand how much of a paradise Cinque Terre really is. Enjoy the most astonishing views from land and sea, as you travel through the national park by boat, train, and on foot. Enjoy a light hike along cliff-side trails, such as the famous Via dell’Amore. An amazing boat ride (weather and sea conditions permitting) will offer another memorable perspective of the Riviera. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch in a typical restaurant on the sea; eat incredible fresh seafood cooked the Ligurian way, accompanied by great white wines typical of this region.

La Spezia Cinque Terre Food Tour

4. 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 specialities. 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 and Frisco: small fried pancake with vegetables and fritters 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, parmisan cheese and mushroms sauce, alternatively baked, served with cheese and cured meat. Farinata:a delicious chickpea pancake cooked in a flaming oven. The best one is soft in the center with a lighty crisp coating. Ice cream or dessert: enjoy the finest artisanal  treats in La Spezia!  

From Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Lunch

5. From Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Lunch

Travel to one of the most picturesque places in Italy and discover the scenic vistas and quaint villages along the Mediterranean coast. Hit the road from Florence in a comfortable car and explore the magical path with an English-speaking driver and guide. Be impressed by the uniqueness and variety of colors of Cinque Terre. Admire the perfectly preserved architecture and the stunning coastal and mountain trails of The Italian Riviera. Arrive in Manarola, the first of the Cinque Terre villages you will visit. Admire the staggering beauty of the pretty little town and take in glorious panoramic views with your camera. Next, take a boat to Vernazza and be blown away by the magical atmosphere and breathtaking views. The prettiest of the Cinque Terre villages, Vernazza is also called the Cinque Terre jewel. Take a stroll through the cobblestone streets and marvel at the closely packed, pastel-colored houses rising over the cobalt-blue sea. Enjoy the delicious traditional meal such as pasta al pesto and tastes of local fish at one of the local restaurants. Move on towards Monterosso, another charismatic attraction of Cinque Terre. Know about the history of the place from your experienced guide and enjoy some free time to explore the relaxing beaches, and local shops of the village. Head down to one of the many stunning beaches for a refreshing swim or stroll through the streets for a unique shopping experience in the typical “botteghe” of the village.

Cinque Terre: Market Tour, Home Cooking Class, Dinner

6. Cinque Terre: Market Tour, Home Cooking Class, Dinner

Go food shopping like a local, enjoying the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land. Then immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

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, and a typical pastry with limoncino.

Cinque Terre: Market Tour & Meal with a Local Cook

8. Cinque Terre: Market Tour & Meal with a Local Cook

Make a beautiful meal and a beautiful memory with a market tour and home-cooked dinner hosted by a local chef. Arrive at the home of your expert cook. Explore the market and shop like a local. Learn how to recognize the best produce. Afterward, return to your host’s home and enjoy a private cooking demonstration. Gain insight into Italian cuisine as your host reveals the secrets of her family’s cookbook. Watch as a delicious meal is prepared before your eyes. Once the food is ready, sit down at an authentic Italian dinner. Enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with a side dish, and dessert. Chat with your host as you share a delicious meal together. Enjoy a selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, as well as an after-dinner coffee. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.

Cinque Terre: Winery Tour and Tasting

9. 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.

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What people are saying about Cinque Terre

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 14 reviews

The whole experience with Daniela is marvelous. She will meet you in town, but the market tour may be minimal depending on time of day as it’s primarily at morning market. No worry she has already got more food planned and prepared then you can eat. Multiple courses, cheese, meat, deserts, wine and grappa. She will drive you to their appartment and on their patio you will enjoy a fantastic meal. Use google translate to communicate. Her husband is a character and he collects paintings and is happy to talk about art or cars (former mechanic). Easily the most memorable experience of our vacation. We felt like we were at home with our Italian grandparents. Just one more desert before you go! And then yet another :) She took has back downtown to our car afterwards. In total it was a 4 hour experience. They do this multiple times a week and have hosted hundreds of guests. They love meeting people and it’s incredible how friendly and open they were. Enjoy !

Fantastico! Our family really enjoyed this one hour experience. It was full of interesting facts, fun, and even some wine. We tasted a variety of pestos while then making the traditional from the region. It was made fun by our lovely instructor and we were happy to purchase many of the product without any pressure to do so. One hour well worth remembering and we recommend!

Gabriel was our friendly guide and owner of the bar that he inherited from his grandfather. It’s an authentic Italian family business which he runs with passion. He served us 3 different wines with matching tasty local bites. Each wine had a nice story and we walked away with new insights on Italian wine. Truly a hidden gem in the cosy streets of Manarola!

The tour was great and Daniela was an excellent tour guide. She was very personable and friendly.

Place to discover absolutely, warm welcome and smiling staff