Riomaggiore, Liguria, Italy

Wine tasting on the mountainside

Manarola is one of the five towns in Cinque Terre in the province of La Spezia in Italy. All five towns are equally beautiful, but Manarola is smaller and has a cooperative winery called La Cantina Sociale. If you go, you can try the four dry white local wines and the local authentic schiaccetra, the local sweet wine for around 10 euro. It's a cute little place with a lovely owner who is fun to chat with, and you get little snacks with your wine as well. When you get into Manarola, walk down the tunnel & up the main street (it's a pretty steep hill), and get on the shuttle (costs 1.50 euro). Tell the bus driver that you're going to La Cantina Sociale. It's open from Monday to Saturday from 07:00-19:00 and Sunday from 19:00-12:30 and 14:30-19:00. After, take the shuttle back down and take a walk up to one of the points where you can see a view of the entire ocean, the cliff side, and the neighboring town of Riomaggiore.

(photo of: Vernazza, La Spezia, Italy)

Wine tasting on the mountainside