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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

Harbour Tips (11)

Around the harbour

Vernazza’s harbour is the only natural port among the five villages of the Cinque Terre, which is to say that it is a “proper” harbour rather than simply a rocky inlet adopted for use by boats like those at Riomaggiore or Manarola. Centuries ago this, along with the vineyards above the village, would have been the focus for the local economy, with fishing one of the few possible sources of income. Today there are only a few fishing boats (although enough to ensure a plentiful supply for the local restaurants) but I read that Vernazzans are still more likely to own a boat than a car, and down here by the harbour that is easy to believe.

This is a cheerful, colourful scene. Approaching the harbour from the main street you emerge into a large square, the Piazza Marconi. This is the focus of much of the village’s activity, and is surrounded by tall buildings in a various shades (pink, terracotta, beige), many of which act as bars or restaurants. In one corner is an attractive church, perched right on the edge of the water. A stone jetty juts out into the water on the opposite side, a popular spot for sun worshippers. It’s quite possible to sit here for ages, simply admiring the view and watching all the activity. And if you have a gelato in your hand, so much the better!

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toonsarah
Sep 04, 2009

Sunsets Oh Yea!

Take the evening and really enjoy a sunset here. The town has gone to a lot of time and expense to build a really nice seawall. Find a cozy spot and park. See the sunset all the way through some times the very end is the best. It is very nice to see the lights of Monte Rosa wink on.

Take a sweater or jacket as the evening can get cool.

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RoscoeGregg
Oct 13, 2009

The port

This is probably one of the most elegant and pretty ports of all Italy.
The oloured small boats of local fishermen welcome you on the square just in front of the port where you can walk around the harbour and stop chatting with locals or simply admire the square and the curch that really seem to be built on the sea.

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xaver
Nov 17, 2008

Refreshing in the harbor

If I had a smart tourist guide, who was leading our group, she would probably told us to bring bathing costumes with. It was almost the end of September but the day was perfect for a bathing, sunny and pretty hot around 28 C degrees. But it seems all tourist guides are clonned, in their minds summer season and bathings in Europe ending by the end of August.
Anyway, maybe I wouldn't take a bath even if July or August because I am used on different sort of bathing resorts in Croatia, which are more beautiful. The beach of Vernazza is pretty nice but small. Can imagine how it looks alike in the high season with the crowds.

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croisbeauty
Jun 07, 2012
 
 
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Petrified spaghetti

The western side of Vernazza, which overlooking the sea, was built on a steep cruel and rugged roks that are falling into the sea. The gray coloured cliff on which was built Belforte Tower is a small wonder of nature, very interesting and very unusual. I gave it name petrified spaghetti because it was the first association which crossed my mind after seeing it. Looking really great.

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croisbeauty
Jun 06, 2012

Rocks & caves

Rocks that are exposed to the constant influence of the sea, waves and sun take on interesting shapes and colors. Natural processes can not stand still and act on the environment, changing form and content, and therefore no artist can not be compared with what nature creates itself.
Take a look at the part of pier construction with beautiful rocks and caves which could be seen around the harbor.

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croisbeauty
Jun 07, 2012

Seagulls Rock

Small port of Vernazza closes powerful rock making a natural shelter against strong winds coming from the the open sea. There at the top of the rock, where probably used to be a natural habitat and nests of gulls, man has usurped the place and made the restaurant & bar with views which must enchants every visitor. Beautiful place indeed.
The restaurant and bar is situated in Belforte tower, a 16th century defending construction which offers incredible views of the area.

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croisbeauty
Jun 06, 2012

The harbor

The harbor is what makes Vernazza so unique amongst the 5 villages of Cinque Terre: Vernazza has a the only proper harbor, from which both fishing boats and tourist boats depart. You can even swim inside the harbor!

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tini58de
Mar 25, 2007

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"Vernazza and the Cinque Terre"
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"Vernazza - Cinque Terre"
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"Vernazza - Cinque Terre"
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"V E R N A Z Z A"
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"Vernazza - Pearl of the Cinque Terre"
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Go out to the Vernazza jetty

I love the town of Vernazza and think the one of the best photo ops are shot from the jetty... Its also a great place to sit down, relax and enjoy the views... Heck add a bottle of wine, cheese and foccassia it will be a memory of a lifetime. Great at sundown! Enjoy!

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jujubeetravel
Feb 02, 2006

The Harbor

From here you can catch the ferry that runs between the five villages. The harbor offers wonderful views of the village and its also where all the action is. You will see fisherman unloading their small boats with the catch of the day that they will immediately sell and who knows you might even be eating those very fish for dinner!

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wilocrek
Mar 22, 2008

The Harbor / Breakwater

As we arrived by ferry boat, the little harbor was where our Vernazza visit began, a colorful and lively place. Three of the views shown here are from the town piazza (covered in another tip), and one from the hillside walking trail above the village.

This is the only natural harbor in Cinque Terre, and in earlier days was the only place boats could onload the local wines.

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basstbn
Nov 19, 2011

Things to Do Near Vernazza

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Castello Brown

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