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How to Spend 3 Days in the Cinque Terre

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How to Spend 3 Days in the Cinque Terre
If you have a few days to dedicate to these five Ligurian fishing villages, you’re in luck. Not only can you savor the sleepy atmosphere that descends once the daytime crowds have left, you can also explore farther along the coastline to Portovenere or Portofino. Here are your options for three days in the Cinque Terre.

Day 1: On Land 
For centuries, the Cinque Terre was accessible only by sea or via a small footpath skirting the coastline. Today, this historic trail is one of Italy’s most scenic, and a popular way to explore the area on foot. If you’d rather take it easy, tours are also available on the local train line. Head out first thing in the morning, before visitors flood the coast. When the crush becomes too much, hit the beach, join a paragliding experience for a bird’s-eye view of the coast, or sign up for a cooking class. Make your way back to the villages in the evening after the crowds have left, and unwind over a seaside meal.  

Day 2: On the Water
Like much of Italy’s coastline, the Cinque Terre is particularly picturesque when glimpsed from the water. Admire dramatic views of the national park during a full- or half-day boat tour that includes stops to swim in tiny coves—or look for local wildlife on a kayaking tour that takes you even closer to the craggy coastline. Alternatively, spend most of the day on land, then cruise away on a sunset boat tour with a cocktail in your hand, marveling at the view of the postcard-perfect villages in the golden light of dusk.
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Day 3: Portofino or Portovenere
The villages of the Cinque Terre are known for their humble charm, but Portofino has been a favorite among celebrities and the jet set for decades. Set sail north along the coast to this tony coastal town, stopping to shop on land and enjoy lunch on the water. Or, opt for an afternoon sail to Portovenere, located closer to the Cinque Terre to the south. Considered more sophisticated than the Cinque Terre but less glamorous than Portofino, Portovenere’s clutch of traditional fisherman’s dwellings is so romantic that it once attracted poets like Byron and Shelley. Both harbor towns are delightful spots for snapping colorful photos, poking around local boutiques, and relaxing over an alfresco meal.
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Private Sunset Boat Tour Along the Cinque Terre

Private Sunset Boat Tour Along the Cinque Terre

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Book a private Cinque Terre boat cruise, and see the region’s coastline in the soft, early evening light. As a skipper navigates the boat, you’ll sit back and admire sights of the Cinque Terre’s fishing villages on a 2-hour route from Riomaggiore. Sip on wine, enjoy olives and focaccia, and watch the sun slip into the sea. Food and drinks are at your own expense. 
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Cinque Terre Half Day Kayak Trip from Monterosso

Cinque Terre Half Day Kayak Trip from Monterosso

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Explore the waters of the Italian Riviera on this 3-hour kayaking trip along the Cinque Terre coastline. Departing from Monterosso, paddle alongside an expert guide, passing hidden coves, rugged cliffs and the bright, pastel hues of the five villages. Pause to stretch out on the beach or cool off with a swim before continuing on your journey. For an evening adventure, choose the sunset option with a stop in a cove for wine and snacks. Numbers are limited to twelve, with all skill levels welcome.
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  • 3 hours
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Paragliding Over the Cinque Terre

Paragliding Over the Cinque Terre

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Go paragliding over the Cinque Terre or over Tuscany in tandem with an expert instructor who accompanies you throughout your experience. Your flight starts on a hill above Monterosso where you soar through the air with your instructor, securely attached with your harness. Enjoy incredible views of the coast and Cinque Terre as you glide down to the beach at Monterosso, for departure from the Cinque Terre; or over Tuscany for paragliding from Lucca or Pisa.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Local market visit + private cooking class at a Cesarina's home in Cinque Terre

Local market visit + private cooking class at a Cesarina's home in Cinque Terre

Discover, learn, and taste the secrets behind traditional Italian cooking during a private 6-hour cooking class. Choose a morning or afternoon start time, then visit to a local market to pick up ingredients. Learn how to prepare three Italian dishes from a local Cesarina. Once completed, enjoy your 3-course meal with red and white wine from local cellars. The cultural experience also includes a free apron and shopping bag.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Dining experience at a local's home in Cinque Terre with show cooking

Dining experience at a local's home in Cinque Terre with show cooking

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Feast on a traditional 4-course Italian meal at a local home during a private 2-hour cooking show. Made with recipes native to the Cinque Terre region, your lunch or dinner includes a starter, pasta, main course, side dish, and dessert. Everything is prepared in front of you, so you get an insider’s look at real Italian cooking. Wash all of it down with local wine and an Italian espresso.
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