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How to Spend 2 Days in the Cinque Terre

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How to Spend 2 Days in the Cinque Terre
The five gem-like villages of the Cinque Terre are one of the most popular destinations in Italy, which means they are invaded by thousands of visitors each day. By staying overnight, you can enjoy the quiet that descends on this stretch of coast after most tourists leave. Here’s how to make the most of two days in the Cinque Terre.

Day 1: The Cinque Terre by Land
Morning: Beat the crowds of day trippers, and set off early on the footpaths that have connected the villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore for centuries. Alternatively, join a tour that moves from village to village via the scenic local train.

Afternoon: By midday, the trains and footpaths are often clogged with tour groups, so this is the perfect time to retreat to a village center for a food and wine tour or to a local kitchen for a cooking class. Not a foodie? Take to the skies with a paragliding experience, or to the water with a beach break.

Night: The evening hours are the most magical in the Cinque Terre; the coast empties out, and a sleepy, authentic atmosphere returns to the villages. Relax over a quiet dinner in a traditional restaurant overlooking the sea, or enjoy a home-cooked meal of classic Ligurian dishes by dining in a local home.  

Day 2: The Cinque Terre by Sea
Morning: Though the footpaths and villages of the Cinque Terre are lovely to explore by land, this stretch of coast is particularly spectacular when seen from the water. Set sail in the morning on a full-day boat tour along the coast to access amazing views, stop at hidden beaches, and take a break from the crowds.

Afternoon: If you’d rather not spend your entire day on the water, opt for an afternoon boat tour that offers the same views, swimming breaks, and respite from the chaos on land. Alternatively, choose a kayaking trip along the coastline. 

Night: Sunset is one of the best times of day to admire the pastel-hued villages of the Cinque Terre, which take on a golden glow as the sun dips into the Mediterranean. Enjoy this spectacular sight with a sunset sail down the coast, and toast your final evening with an aperitivo on board.
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Cinque Terre Half Day Kayak Trip from Monterosso

Cinque Terre Half Day Kayak Trip from Monterosso

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Explore the waters of the Italian Riviera on this 3-hour kayaking trip along the Cinque Terre coastline. Departing from Monterosso, paddle alongside an expert guide, passing hidden coves, rugged cliffs and the bright, pastel hues of the five villages. Pause to stretch out on the beach or cool off with a swim before continuing on your journey. For an evening adventure, choose the sunset option with a stop in a cove for wine and snacks. Numbers are limited to twelve, with all skill levels welcome.
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  • 3 hours
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Dining experience at a local's home in Cinque Terre with show cooking

Dining experience at a local's home in Cinque Terre with show cooking

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Feast on a traditional 4-course Italian meal at a local home during a private 2-hour cooking show. Made with recipes native to the Cinque Terre region, your lunch or dinner includes a starter, pasta, main course, side dish, and dessert. Everything is prepared in front of you, so you get an insider’s look at real Italian cooking. Wash all of it down with local wine and an Italian espresso.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Paragliding Over the Cinque Terre

Paragliding Over the Cinque Terre

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Go paragliding over the Cinque Terre or over Tuscany in tandem with an expert instructor who accompanies you throughout your experience. Your flight starts on a hill above Monterosso where you soar through the air with your instructor, securely attached with your harness. Enjoy incredible views of the coast and Cinque Terre as you glide down to the beach at Monterosso, for departure from the Cinque Terre; or over Tuscany for paragliding from Lucca or Pisa.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Sunset Boat Tour Along the Cinque Terre

Private Sunset Boat Tour Along the Cinque Terre

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Book a private Cinque Terre boat cruise, and see the region’s coastline in the soft, early evening light. As a skipper navigates the boat, you’ll sit back and admire sights of the Cinque Terre’s fishing villages on a 2-hour route from Riomaggiore. Sip on wine, enjoy olives and focaccia, and watch the sun slip into the sea. Food and drinks are at your own expense. 
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Local market visit + private cooking class at a Cesarina's home in Cinque Terre

Local market visit + private cooking class at a Cesarina's home in Cinque Terre

Discover, learn, and taste the secrets behind traditional Italian cooking during a private 6-hour cooking class. Choose a morning or afternoon start time, then visit to a local market to pick up ingredients. Learn how to prepare three Italian dishes from a local Cesarina. Once completed, enjoy your 3-course meal with red and white wine from local cellars. The cultural experience also includes a free apron and shopping bag.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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