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From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour

1. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour

Spend a full day navigating the beautiful landscape of Cinque Terre at a close range, with a peaceful boat trip along the coast. Meet your guide and depart from the Mirabello port of La Spezia. During the tour, visit Golfo Della Spezia, Portovenere, Palmaria island, Le Rosse, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Take the opportunity to plunge into the refreshing waters for a swim or a snorkel. Feel free to stop as many times as you like wherever you like.  Arrive in Monterosso at lunchtime and enjoy a 1.5-hour stop to explore the town and find somewhere to eat lunch. After the break, meet your crew back at the boat and set sail back towards La Spezia. 

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La Spezia Cinque Terre Food Tour

2. 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!  

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From Florence: Cinque Terre Full-Day Trip with Lunch

3. From Florence: Cinque Terre Full-Day Trip with Lunch

Spend a day getting to know the enchanting region of Cinque Terre. You'll visit 4 villages in total, suspended between sea and land, seemingly hanging from sheer cliffs and surrounded by hills and vineyards. When you arrive in the small village of Manarola there will be time to explore before taking the local train to Riomaggiore. Enjoy some free time here to walk around and admire the charming streets. Next, take a train to Monterosso, an ancient fishing village considered “the pearl of the Cinque Terre", with its enchanting beaches. Go swimming in the crystal-clear sea and enjoy a traditional light lunch. Continue by ferry to Riomaggiore and Vernazza and experience the intricate layout of this village with its narrow lanes and steep stairways. Continue to La Spezia, where the bus will be waiting to take you back to Florence.

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From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour with Limoncino Tasting

4. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour with Limoncino Tasting

The starting point of this wonderful adventure is the Central Station of La Spezia, located near the historic center of this lesser-known city characterized by a unique, old-timey charm. The first stop will be Vernazza, one of the five jewels that are part of Cinque Terre. This village is the one with the most colorful views. During your excursion in Vernazza, you will enjoy some free time to discover the village. The second stop will be Monterosso, where you will enjoy a limoncino tasting. You will then have enough free time to discover the village and eat at some of its local restaurants. The last stop before going back to La Spezia will be Riomaggiore. Here, you will have some free time to walk through the narrow streets of the town. Visit the fishing port and a panoramic terrace to admire the views.

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Cinque Terre Private Tour with Wine Tasting

5. Cinque Terre Private Tour with Wine Tasting

Explore one of the most impressive village complexes in Europe on a private full-day tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cinque Terre. Get impressive views of the rocky coast of Liguria along the way. Catch the Cinque Terre Express train from La Spezia station and discover the charming, traffic-free villages of Monterosso, Riomaggiore, Vernazza and Corniglia according to your preferences. Decide which of the villages you want to explore most. Continue to Manarola to visit the vineyards and take part in a wine tasting. Get the chance to stop at a typical wine shop and sample some of the best wines from Cinque Terre before you make your way back to La Spezia.

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Cinque Terre Boat Cruise with Appetizer and Lunch

6. Cinque Terre Boat Cruise with Appetizer and Lunch

Get a welcome drink as you board a boat in Monterosso and sail across the waters of the Ligurian Sea. Make your way towards the beautiful town of Vernazza and take wonderful photos of the spectacular landscape and romantic towns of Cinque Terre along the way. Pass the naturist beach of Guvano and gaze in awe at the villages of Corniglia and Manarola. Savor a typical appetizer of local food and wines as you head towards Riomaggiore and Punta Montenero at the southeastern tip of Cinque Terre National Park. Cool down with a swim with stunning views of the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto as you play in the water. Enjoy a savory lunch of local food prepared by the crew back on the boat. Then, head further out to sea as you sail from Punta Montenero and make your way to Punta Mesco at the northeastern tip of Cinque Terre National Park.

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From Florence: Cinque Terre Villages Full-Day Tour

7. From Florence: Cinque Terre Villages Full-Day Tour

Explore the villages of Cinque Terre on a full-day excursion from Florence, and experience the best aspects of this protected World Heritage Site as you walk along the ancient trails that connect the picturesque villages. Cinque Terre comprises a stretch of rugged, unspoiled coast along the Italian Riviera. Its name derives from the fact that it is a grouping of 5 picturesque fishing villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. It has been well preserved because of its isolation and continues to be protected by its UNESCO status and its status as an Italian national park. Led by your knowledgeable guide, you’ll walk the spectacular coastline. Visit the Cinque Terre village of Manarola and continue with a lovely boat journey (weather permitting) to Monterosso, renowned for its beautiful beach and small craftsmen’s shops. After a short train ride, stop in Vernazza, one of the prettiest of all, for free time to sit in one of the cheerful bars and cafés.  Take the train again to Riomaggiore to enjoy free time for a refreshing swim in the Mediterranean or shopping into some of the picturesque shops. Enjoy a delicious local lunch served here in a typical restaurant with a perfect view of the sea and the hills declining down to the rocky coves (if option selected). From Riomaggiore, a train ride returns you to La Spezia, concluding the Cinque Terre visit, before returning to Florence by bus. Please note that the order of the visits may change.

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La Spezia: Market Tour & Cooking Class with Original Recipes

8. La Spezia: Market Tour & Cooking Class with Original Recipes

Shop at a local market and learn how to pick out the best produce form your expert guide. Visit a traditional Italian grocery and learn about the local offerings. Choose ingredients that inspire you, and start thinking about how you'd like to experiment with them in the kitchen. After choosing your ingredients, head back to your host's home. Get ready to cook 2 recipes of your own creation. Immerse yourself in a private cooking class in which you'll bring together your chosen ingredients to create 2 delectable dishes. Your local chef will show you the best way to bring out the flavor of each ingredient. After you've cooked your original recipes, celebrate your achievement by naming your creations. Finally, sit down for a delicious meal with your host and enjoy a selection of local red and white Italian wines. By the end of your class, you'll have added an Italian flair to your cooking repertoire.

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Porto Venere: Local Food and Wine Tasting in a Villa

9. Porto Venere: Local Food and Wine Tasting in a Villa

Settle into the decadent setting of a villa in Porto Venere. View the beautiful village and sea, and witness the traditional preparation of Scherpada, made in a round terracotta. Sip on local wines while listening to a 'tasting guide,' and discover the varieties of grapes in each glass. Appreciate the process of preparing the special dough in a cast iron plate for the delicious Scherpada. Sit by the fire in winter, or relax in the garden in summer. Share a foodie experience with other cuisine lovers, and take in the stunning Portovenerian view.

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La Spezia: Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class

10. La Spezia: Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class

During this private lesson, you will learn how to prepare 2 pasta recipes and the tiramisu dessert from scratch. Your Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of these iconic recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test and amaze your friends and family once home with an Italian meal! This experience is suitable for families with children of all ages.

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What people are saying about La Spezia

It's very worthwhile we did manarola, Monterosso we returned to Vernazza by boat and then the last one was Riomaggiore. Going with a guide makes it easier as it facilitates tickets and train schedules for better use of time

Our experience was great! Everything was super professional and punctual and our guide really made this trip. She knew so much information. I would definitely recommend this tour!

First time on the boat for many hours. Very positive experience facilitated by smooth sea and limited number of hikers. Unique panorama and itinerary.

Very interesting guide who makes you want to visit his region In addition he spoke top French !!!

Highly recommended! Had a really nice day on the boat.