Cinque Terre - Mussel tour

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Mussel tour

Mussel tour

A special experience that will allow you to discover the secrets of a traditional activity, mussel farming, and to taste a delicious dish with freshly harvested seafood. The richness of plankton, the quiet and not too salty waters make the Gulf of La Spezia an ideal place for mussel cultivation.

The excursion starts from the harbour of La Spezia. You will get on board of a former wooden fishing boat, which will bring you to the sea between Portovenere and Palmaria island, where the mussel farms (locally named "muscoli") are located. There, along with the mussel farmers, you will observe how they are cultivated throughout the year. Then you can actively participate in the harvest of mussels. At the end of the excursion, the farmers will cook for you a delicious dish of spaghetti and muscoli on board, which you will taste with a good glass of wine produced in the area.

  • Available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from March 15 to October 31.
  • Meeting point: La Spezia - harbour, 10:30AM.
  • Duration: 4 hours.
  • Price: 75 EUR/person.
  • Minimum 6, maximum 30 participants.
  • In English or Italian.

Price includes: the presence of an expert mussel farmer, lunch on board based on muscoli and wine from the Cinque Terre.

You should bring: sunglasses, hat, sunscreen lotion, camera and depending on the weather conditions, also an extra wind jacket.