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Food & Wine in the Cinque Terre

By Viator, September 2017

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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.

Tours & Tickets

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Cinque Terre Wine Tour in Riomaggiore and Hiking Through the Vineyards, Cinque Terre, null
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Cinque Terre Wine Tour in Riomaggiore and Hiking Through the Vineyards

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

Delve deep into the Italian countryside and discover centuries of winemaking heritage on this 3-hour Cinque Terre wine tour in Riomaggiore. Soak up scenic ...  Read more

Location: Riomaggiore, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.53
Pesto Course in Levanto, Cinque Terre, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Pesto Course in Levanto

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

Don't miss the opportunity to make traditional Genovese pesto sauce with a charismatic Italian teacher to be there for hands-on instruction. Prepare the ...  Read more

Location: Manarola, Italy
Duration: 1 hour

From USD $34.15
Cinque Terre Cooking Lesson in La Spezia, Cinque Terre, Cooking Classes
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Cinque Terre Cooking Lesson in La Spezia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Learn how to cook a 3-course Italian meal with Ligurian slow-food flair. With your expert cook guiding you from the start, visit a marketplace in the harbor ...  Read more

Location: La Spezia, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $151.92
Italian Cooking Lesson with Boat Trip in the Cinque Terre, Cinque Terre, Cooking Classes
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Italian Cooking Lesson with Boat Trip in the Cinque Terre

Take in the breath-taking scenery and discover the secrets of traditional Italian cuisine. A unique experience and fun day out in the stunning surroundings ...  Read more

Location: La Spezia, Italy
Duration: 5 to 6 hrs

From USD $228.47
Cinque Terre: Private 3-Hour Aftrenoon Food an Wine Tour, Cinque Terre, Cooking Classes
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Cinque Terre: Private 3-Hour Aftrenoon Food an Wine Tour

Explore the iconic Cinq Terre with all five senses as we embark on an afternoon adventure that will introduce you to some of the best food and drink in the ...  Read more

Location: Riomaggiore, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $206.10

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