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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."
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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

Capuchin Monastery Tips (3)

Chiesa di San Francesco

Up on Salita San Cristoforo, just a little downhill from the cemetery, is Convento dei Frati Cappuccini and Chiesa di San Francesco. The monastery was built in in the early 17th century to thank a couple of friars for ending a nasty feud between two strongly divided local factions, and the new church was consecrated to St. Francis in 1623. The Capuchin brothers lived here peacefully until Napoleon appropriated their property for a garrison in 1810, and they were booted out again in 1866 by the Kingdom of Italy. Over the next 30 years the building served successively as a hospital during cholera epidemics, and a warehouse for dried fish.

In 1894 the property was purchased by a local priest and given back to the friars. The Church of St Francis is a modest little number compared to the glittering Baroque and Renaissance basilicas we’d seen elsewhere in Italy but its quiet simplicity is a fitting compliment to the Capuchin order’s humble, brown-robed monks. But it's far from austere; the sanctuary is warmed by creamy yellow walls, dark brown woodwork, a few swashes of red fabric, and an assortment of paintings - the most valuable of which is a 17th-century Van Dyke “Crucifixion.”

There wasn’t a soul around when we stopped by but a closed-circuit camera in the church let us know that someone was minding the shop!

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Jan 16, 2013

Capuchin Monastery and the Chapel of St Francis

We were ready for a breather after making the uphill trek to the Capuchin monastery. Stepping inside the monastery's 1619 chapel, we found that. A stark contrast to the overwhelming cathedrals to which we had already become accustomed, St Francis Chapel was an oasis of peace and quiet enhanced by recordings of Gregorian chants being piped through the sound system.

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Nov 25, 2011

Capuchin convent

Continuing the climb from the Aurora tower, you reach the church beginning to the Capuchin convent. This place is very peaceful and inside it's was nice and cool, a welcome break from the heat. Continuing up the steps there are more great views over the town.

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Jan 28, 2005
 
 
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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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Castello Brown

Castle Brown was built on Roman foundations. Around 1000 it was donated to the Benedictine monks of S. Fruttuoso and was subsequently handed over to the consuls of Rapallo and in the 15th century to...
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