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Food & Wine in the Cinque Terre

Food & Wine in the Cinque Terre

With sweeping ocean views, picture-perfect cliffside villages, and endless sun, sea, and sand, the Cinque Terre is one of Italy’s most idyllic getaways. But a visit would be incomplete without Italian cuisine and wine, so here are our top picks.

Must-Try Dishes & Drinks

Thanks to scenic coastal hikes and steep hillside villages, it’s easy to work up an appetite in the Cinque Terre, and there’s plenty to satisfy all tastes. Tuck into a bowl of frutti di mare (seafood spaghetti), enjoy fresh-from-the-ocean anchovies, or sample some Italy’s best pesto, used in a variety of tasty pasta dishes. Other local specialties include pansotti (ravioli with ricotta and walnut), focaccia (herbed flatbread), and farinata (chickpea flatbread) accompanied by local wines such as vino delle Cinque Terre or the famous dessert wine, Sciacchetrà.

Must-Do Experiences

  • Explore the wine cellars and vineyards around Riomaggiore, then indulge in an expert-led wine tasting.

  • Learn the secrets of Liguria cuisine or make traditional Italian pasta from scratch with a small-group cooking class in La Spezia.

  • Sample an array of focaccia breads, olives, anchovies, olive oils, and pestos on a food tasting tour of Riomaggiore.

  • Discover how pesto Genovese is made with a one-hour pesto-making class in Levanto.

  • Tuck into fresh seafood as you watch the sunset from an oceanview restaurant in Monterosso or Vernazza.

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Pesto Course in Levanto

Pesto Course in Levanto

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Learn the authentic recipe for pesto Genovese with an hour-long, hands-on cooking class in Levanto. Use a mortar and pestle to turn fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan, and olive oil into a classic Ligurian sauce, then enjoy what you’ve made alongside a glass of wine, and a spread of local products.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Cinque Terre Sunset Wine Tour in Riomaggiore

Cinque Terre Sunset Wine Tour in Riomaggiore

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Explore the unique wine-making history of the Cinque Terre with a small-group, sunset wine tour from Riomaggiore. Take the public bus and meet a local winemaker in Montenero, where you’ll walk between rows of grapes growing in a vineyard with a view. Learn about the traditional methods of making wine in this part of Italy, then try Andrea’s wines in this spectacular location. The size of this group is limited to nine people, making it a more personal experience.
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  • 2 hours
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Cinque Terre Cooking Lesson in La Spezia

Cinque Terre Cooking Lesson in La Spezia

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Learn the secrets of the Italian kitchen with this 3-hour cooking class in La Spezia. Led by an expert chef, begin at the local market to select fresh seafood and vegetables for your dishes. Then, bring your ingredients to the kitchen of a nearby ‘osteria.’ Receive hands-on training in your small group as you craft three courses of delicious Ligurian cuisine, sitting down to feast on your creations afterward. Numbers are limited to four people to keep the experience intimate.
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  • 3 hours
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