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From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour with Limoncino

1. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour with Limoncino

The starting point of this wonderful adventure is the Central Station of La Spezia, located near the historic center of this lesser-known city characterized by a unique, old-timey charm. The first stop will be Vernazza, one of the five jewels that are part of Cinque Terre. This village is the one with the most colorful views. During your excursion in Vernazza, you will enjoy some free time to discover the village.  The second stop will be Monterosso, where you will enjoy a taste of limoncino, the famous liquor from the area. You will then have enough free time to discover the village and eat at some of its local restaurants. The last stop before going back to La Spezia will be Riomaggiore. Here, you will have some free time to walk through the narrow streets of the town. Visit the fishing port and a panoramic terrace to admire the views.

Cinque Terre Boat Cruise with Appetizer and Lunch

2. Cinque Terre Boat Cruise with Appetizer and Lunch

Get a welcome drink as you board a boat in Monterosso and sail across the waters of the Ligurian Sea. Make your way towards the beautiful town of Vernazza and take wonderful photos of the spectacular landscape and romantic towns of Cinque Terre along the way. Pass the naturist beach of Guvano and gaze in awe at the villages of Corniglia and Manarola. Savor a typical appetizer of local food and wines as you head towards Riomaggiore and Punta Montenero at the southeastern tip of Cinque Terre National Park. Cool down with a swim with stunning views of the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto as you play in the water. Enjoy a savory lunch of local food prepared by the crew back on the boat. Then, head further out to sea as you sail from Punta Montenero and make your way to Punta Mesco at the northeastern tip of Cinque Terre National Park.

La Spezia: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

3. La Spezia: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private dining experience at a local's home, enjoying an exclusive show cooking and tasting authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian "Mammas". This experience will allow you to feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. You will enjoy a 4-course menu including a starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, and dessert, with drinks included (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars and coffee).

La Spezia Cinque Terre Food Tour

4. La Spezia Cinque Terre Food Tour

La Spezia is a small town, and one of the best places to stay while visiting the amazing Cinque Terre and other beautiful places like Porto Venere and Pisa. It has a mixed culinary tradition, coming from Liguria and Tuscany. You will dive into La Spezia Cinque Terre's food scene, enjoying traditional dishes and the best street food specialities. This dining experience incorporates five traditional and street foods served in different eateries. You will be starting with an entree, and ending with a typical Italian dessert or a delicious ice-cream. You will taste some of the following dishes on the tour: Sgabei and Frisco: small fried pancake with vegetables and fritters made from bread dough. Mesciua: chickpea, beans and wheat grains soup, typical of La Spezia. Testaroli or Panigacci: a sort of pancake, boiled and enriched with pesto, oil, parmisan cheese and mushroms sauce, alternatively baked, served with cheese and cured meat. Farinata:a delicious chickpea pancake cooked in a flaming oven. The best one is soft in the center with a lighty crisp coating. Ice cream or dessert: enjoy the finest artisanal  treats in La Spezia!  

La Spezia: Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class

5. La Spezia: Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class

During this private lesson, you will learn how to prepare 2 pasta recipes and the tiramisu dessert from scratch. Your Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of these iconic recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test and amaze your friends and family once home with an Italian meal! This experience is suitable for families with children of all ages.

La Spezia: Small-Group Street Food Tour

6. La Spezia: Small-Group Street Food Tour

Share your passion for Italian cuisine with other travelers as you make new friends on this street food tour and discover the city of La Spezia through its gastronomy. Visit a selection of small local food shops where you will learn about the city's typical products and get the chance to taste them. This is a delicious way to explore the city and its gastronomy. In between sampling some of La Spezia's typical street food staples, you will also be able to do some sightseeing of the city's most popular sights. Your small-group tour is capped at a maximum of 12 people in order to guarantee a more authentic and intimate food experience.

Porto Venere: Local Food and Wine Tasting in a Villa

7. Porto Venere: Local Food and Wine Tasting in a Villa

Settle into the decadent setting of a villa in Porto Venere. View the beautiful village and sea, and witness the traditional preparation of Scherpada, made in a round terracotta. Sip on local wines while listening to a 'tasting guide,' and discover the varieties of grapes in each glass. Appreciate the process of preparing the special dough in a cast iron plate for the delicious Scherpada. Sit by the fire in winter, or relax in the garden in summer. Share a foodie experience with other cuisine lovers, and take in the stunning Portovenerian view.

La Spezia: Private Cooking Class in an Italian Home

8. La Spezia: Private Cooking Class in an Italian Home

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes with this cooking class. Your guide will share their wisdom that has been passed down through their family for generations. Take a private cooking class at your guide's home. Learn the secrets of the most famous regional cuisine and taste the dishes you have made, accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, your guide will reveal the tricks of the trade and teach you to make 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Cook at your own workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Try everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

La Spezia: Market Tour & Cooking Class with Original Recipes

9. La Spezia: Market Tour & Cooking Class with Original Recipes

Shop at a local market and learn how to pick out the best produce form your expert guide. Visit a traditional Italian grocery and learn about the local offerings. Choose ingredients that inspire you, and start thinking about how you'd like to experiment with them in the kitchen. After choosing your ingredients, head back to your host's home. Get ready to cook 2 recipes of your own creation. Immerse yourself in a private cooking class in which you'll bring together your chosen ingredients to create 2 delectable dishes. Your local chef will show you the best way to bring out the flavor of each ingredient. After you've cooked your original recipes, celebrate your achievement by naming your creations. Finally, sit down for a delicious meal with your host and enjoy a selection of local red and white Italian wines. By the end of your class, you'll have added an Italian flair to your cooking repertoire.

La Spezia: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

10. La Spezia: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

On this tour, you can go food shopping like a local with your "Cesarina", enjoying the distinctive Italian local markets and learning how to recognize the best produce from the land. Then, attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of her/his family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, main course with side dish and dessert with drinks (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars and coffee). Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home memories that'll stay with you for life.

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What people are saying about La Spezia

A unique and memorable experience! I booked this tour alone: initially I was with five other people but then towards sunset it was just me and Davide, a helpful, easygoing and very kind person! The tour was really nice and the fact that there was such a small group made the experience more enjoyable and peaceful! Including there were drinks and local products, all fresh and delicious! Would I do it again? Yup! Who would I recommend it to? To all those who want to try something different and give that extra touch to their stay in Liguria! :)

It was very well organized by the guide, even though it was a time of a lot of tourism, great influx of people, we had an excellent guide. From the friendliness, to the detailed explanation of each place we visit! I strongly recommend.

Sonia our guide in Spanish took care of every detail! He explained clearly what to do and suggested tours in our free time Very easy to do Highly recommended!

Excellent guide, clear explanation in English, no question is too much for her. Couldn't get a better travel companion. Sonia well done.

Excellent activated! Ideal for a day of relaxation: boating, swimming, a walk in Monterosso with enough time for a restaurant.