I have been reading several articles about new travel trends, and it's all about active travel and authentic experiences. Instead of sitting on the beach all day, take some local tours in the Cinque Terre, La Spezia or some other areas of Liguria, and I am sure it will be the highlight of your trip. It's the best way to meet local people and it's nice to meet other travellers as well.
During a tour you can learn so much about the history of the area, local life and the people who live here. If you'd like to spend a day out on the sea, rent a boat, do a sailing trip or a kayak tour, enjoy the sunset from a SUP board, or discover underwater life during the diving tour. If you'd like to spend time in the surrounding hills, take a guided hike, an ebike or mountain bike tour. For the most adventurous, there is paragliding, rafting and canyoning.
Don't forget about the gastronomy of the Cinque Terre. Choose a cooking course or a pesto class, a mussel tour, wine or olive oil tasting. You can find more information about every tour clicking on the photos below.
When travelling to the Cinque Terre, there are certain foods and drinks you just have to try. Pesto, focaccia, seafood, anchovies, local olive oil and white wine, limoncino, just to name a few of them.
Of course, you can do it all on your own but for a much better experience, participate in a gastronomic tour. Meet the wine maker in the vineyard, taste the wine in the wine cellar, visit the olive grove and learn about local olive oil, learn to make pesto the traditional way, visit the market with a local chef and prepare some seafood dishes together. The experience will be so much more memorable than just sitting in a restaurant or wine bar.
Learn to make pesto the traditional way while enjoying the most stunning view of Manarola above the sea.
Visit the laboratory of pesto in the beautiful seaside village of Levanto and learn to prepare this ancient and well-known sauce.
Visit the fantastic market of La Spezia with a local chef and prepare some seafood dishes together.
Meet Andrea, the winegrower in his vineyard with stunning seaview, do a short hike, then taste his nice wines.
Discover the viticulture traditions of Manarola with Alessandro, a local winemaker.
Taste 3 different Cinque Terre wines with some local snacks in Manarola or Monterosso.
Visit an olive farm in La Spezia and learn about olive oil with the help of an olive oil expert.
Stroll around La Spezia and stop at several locations to taste some specialties of Liguria.
You haven't seen the Cinque Terre until you see it from the sea. The villages look stunning from the water. For the best experience, rent a boat for your family or friends and spend an unforgettable day on the sea. Enjoy the amazing views and don't forget your bathing suit. I personally love swimming on tiny beaches that can only be reached by sea.
Renting a private boat from La Spezia is a great solution for those arriving by cruise ship in La Spezia. There are also several shared boat tours to choose from, they are cheaper than a private boat but also lots of fun. And if you are looking for something more active, try kayaking, SUP or diving.
Rent a private boat with or without skipper and enjoy a wonderful day on the sea.
Book this fantastic sailing tour for a really relaxing day out on the water.
Choose the morning tour or the sunset cruise, and have a fun time with other travellers.
Check out these various boat tours, all of them are great, and choose what is best for you.
Try this relaxing boat tour from Vernazza, in the morning or at sunset.
This tour is for you if you'd like to combine a boat tour and a nice dinner.
Dreaming of a big fish? The Cinque Terre is a hot spot for catching the giant tuna.
Spend time with a local fisherman and learn about traditional fishing techniques.
Discover the secrets of mussel farming, and taste a delicious dish with freshly harvested seafood.
The kayak tour is your best choice if you'd like to spend an active day on the sea.
I am a big fan of SUP, and Levanto is a great place to try this trendy activity.
Discover the underwater life of the protected marine area of Portovenere.
There is so much to do in the Cinque Terre and the surrounding areas that you could easily spend long weeks here. Many people come for hiking, and if you'd prefer a guided tour, there are several hiking tours available. If you are only coming for a day, the Classic Cinque Terre tour could be a nice option for you. I think it's the perfect solution for those arriving by cruise ship in La Spezia. The self-guided Cinque Terre walking tours are also extremely popular.
If you are looking for a little more challenge, you might like the mountain bike tour, rock climbing, rafting, canyoning or horseback riding. If you prefer something more relaxing, take a photo tour or a painting course.
The best way to experience the Cinque Terre if you only have one day.
This is really popular! We make it easy for you, you just need to enjoy your hike.
Hike along the most beautiful strech of coastline in Liguria in a week.
Join a professional photographer and take pictures all your Instagram friends will be jealous of.
Create a painting of Vernazza with the help of a professional artist who lives here.
Let a local guide take you on one of the most beautiful trails of the Cinque Terre.
Enjoy this hike with stunning views and meet a local winemaker on the way.
If you enjoy mountain biking, you'll love this tour with amazing seaview.
Choose from several different itineraries and discover the area from an ebike.
Climbing above the sea will be fun for beginners and experienced climbers as well.
Work alongside villagers in their vineyards and olive groves while enjoying breathtaking views.
Visit Carrara and see the quarry where Michelangelo found the marble for his masterpieces.
Ride through Lunigiana, a wonderful area close to the Cinque Terre.
Enjoy this rafting experience in the beautiful river valleys not far from the Cinque Terre.
Canyoning is a really refreshing experience, especially during the hot summer months.
If you are staying in the Portofino area, take a look at these private tours.
If you've tried paragliding before, don't miss the flight above the Cinque Terre. If you have never tried it, this is a great place to start. Flying above the Cinque Terre or Tuscany has been a highlight for many travellers.