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Pesto Course in Levanto
"Since 1976 in Levanto’s historical center the laboratory of the pesto prepares the most ancient and well-known sauce in the world. In this laboratory you will have the chance to learn how to make the pesto sauce with your own hands following the traditio you will taste the pesto sauce made with the modern method while assisting the demonstration and explanation of the pesto sauce made with the mortar.Here comes the moment to make your own pesto sauce with the mortar: wash and dry the basil leaves pounding them together with salt pine nuts and garlic add the parmesan cheese and at the end the extra virgin olive oil. You will get a concentrated and perfumed pesto cream which can be used on the pasta or on a slice of bruschetta.At the end you will enjoy your own made pesto sauce together with a glass of white wine and some typical local products such as olives 'taggiasche' (small and black olives) bruschetta with anchovies and a typical pastry with limoncino."
From EUR29.00
 
Paragliding over the Cinque Terre
"A tandem flight is a 'paragliding flight in two people': the instructor pilot who will take you in the air and will guide you on what to do is positioned behind the passenger. You instead will be seating in the front seat in a very comfortable harness to enjoy the view and the feelings that solo pilots usually have.You will have the chance to enjoy fantastic views while flying up to Cinque Terre. The flight in Monterosso is available only from October through April. During the summer months th subject to availability."
From EUR120.00
 
Mountain Bike Tour in the Cinque Terre
"The mountain bike guide will welcome you at La Spezia train station. You will be given the mountain bikes and a short briefing with some instructions about the tour. After about 30 minutes cycling on the road leading to Portovenere which offers you great you will start a climb on an abandoned military road that takes you up to the little village of Campiglia which will take approximately 2 hours biking up the hill to 1312 feet (400 meters) above sea level. From there you can enjoy breathtaking views over the Gulf of Poets on one side and the sea of the Cinque Terre on the other side. Alessandra a young lady owning a little bar will offer you here a tasty light lunch made of typical Ligurian snacks: focaccia vegetable cakes cheese.   After this break the tour continues for about one hour
From EUR120.00

surrounding, cinque terre Tips (18)

Where am I?

Favorite thing If you're a bit confused about locations and places, take a look at a map. As you can see, Cinque Terre are part of a National Park and the five famous villages are not far from La Spezia and Levanto.

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Sarita76
Sep 09, 2003

Riomaggiore

Favorite thing Riomaggiore has the shape of a medieval village and is overlooked by a castle built in the XV century.
Riomaggiore's name derives from latin Rivus Major and its origins are legendary: tradition says it was founded in the VIII century by Greek sailors.
From Riomaggiore starts the part of the Blue Path called "Via dell'Amore" which leads to Manarola.

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Sarita76
Apr 04, 2003

Vernazza

Favorite thing Vernazza, the only natural harbour, is considered as the jewel of the Cinque Terre (I prefer Manarola, though).
The village was built as a fortification where the houses grow creeping on the sides of a very narrow valley.

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Sarita76
Apr 04, 2003

Manarola

Favorite thing Manarola is one of the five villages of Cinque Terre.
The village of Manarola is surrounded by vines and is situated along a stream. The "Via dell'Amore" starts here: a two-kilometers long track towards Riomaggiore.

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Apr 04, 2003
 
 
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Corniglia

Favorite thing .
Famous for its vineyards and olive groves, Corniglia stands on the principal road over a rocky cliff dropping to the sea; it is the only village far from the sea but it can be reached by some steps.
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matcrazy1
Jan 22, 2003

Riomaggiore

Favorite thing .
Cinque means 5 and Terre means lands. The 5 towns in order are Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso.

Riomaggiore is Village no. 1, it also has a little harbor which is beautifully lit up at night. Some people prefer to stay here.
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matcrazy1
Jan 22, 2003

Take the train to the towns of...

Favorite thing Take the train to the towns of the Cinque Terre and enjoy these charming towns! Vernazza has a beautiful harbor where you can climb up to the top of an old castle and take in the beautiful view. Even in winter, it is well worth it! We were there Dec 26-27 and had beutifully clear weather!

Fondest memory The pace is very slow in this area. Slow down, enjoy some great food, stop to watch the amazing sunsets and just relax. As we wandered among these towns we kept thinking, 'Life doesn't get any better than this!'

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Aragu
Aug 26, 2002

One thing I would recommend...

Favorite thing One thing I would recommend doing if staying in the Cinque Terre area would be to spend a day just doing nothing. Just enjoying the experience of being in a small coastal town. It might be more authentic if you visit during the off season like I did so you can avoid the large number of tourists that I've heard converge on this area during the summer.

Fondest memory The best part of my stay in Vernazza was watching the sun set on my first night there. After riding the train for most of the day it was a great way to end the day by seeing a beautiful sunset.

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denver662
Aug 26, 2002

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"Gulf of La Spezia"
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"The most beautiful coastline in Italy"
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Manarola. The walking path...

Favorite thing Manarola. The walking path between Riomaggiore and the second town, Manarola is called 'Via dell'Amore'( 'The Road of Love').It is the most famous section of path on the Cinque Terre trail.It overlooks the sea and you can see and hear the waves on the rocks.It is very romantic and I think the name suits it well!:-)

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chrissyalex
Aug 25, 2002

See the Cinque Terre .You can...

Favorite thing See the Cinque Terre .You can see it by train,sea,or foot or a combination of the three. Le Cinque Terre means the five lands.The five towns are Riomaggiore,Manarola,Corniglia,Vernazza,and Monterosso.
Here is Riomaggiore. It is the first town you will encounter if you are traveling from La Spezia. We arrived there by boat and would you believe that it is so rustic,that the boat let us off on basically a huge rock!

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chrissyalex
Aug 25, 2002

Buying some wine and foccacia....

Favorite thing Buying some wine and foccacia. The sides of the hills of Le Cinque Terre are planted with grape vines.These grapes are used to produce a white wine called 'Sciacchetra' which means 'press and pull'. It is very good!

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chrissyalex
Aug 25, 2002

... stay in Vernazza. During...

Favorite thing ... stay in Vernazza. During August, Italians also takes their holiday so you have to be creative in getting accomodation. At the very last resort, go to Monterosso. You should be able to find accomodation there. Absoulutely spend a meal at the square in front of the Harbor in Vernazza. Same goes for the restaurant in fron tof the harbor in Manarola...or is it Maranola, I can't keep it straight.

Fondest memory Definitely hiking through the five towns and stopping for a snack or a meal in Riomagiore, Manarola and Vernazza. Same goes for picking up picnic items in Manarola and hiking to a secluded beach right off Corniglia.

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VzionQuest
Aug 24, 2002

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Torre Aurora - Aurora Tower

The Medieval Monterosso, as it was usual, had fortified structure. The whole od todays old town was surrounded by the city walls with 13 defending towers, but Torre Aurora is the only survived....
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