The village, dating from the early thirteenth century, is known for its historic character and its wine, produced by the town’s vineyards.
Visiting the Cinque Terre is not only a feast for your eyes, but also for your taste buds. If you have been in Liguria or have read about regional cuisine, you certainly know about the iconic pesto sauce and the focaccia flatbread.
Although you should not miss the chance to eat them when in Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, pesto and focaccia are typical specialties from Genoa. What can you eat in Cinque Terre that is genuinely local? Here is a list of typical food and drinks for you to try during your next foodie break in the Italian Riviera.
The Cinque Terre, and particularly the area around Monterosso, are home to numerous acres of fragrant lemon groves. Make sure to try a local limoncino liqueur, made using the peels of Cinque Terre lemons. This citrus fruit is also used to prepare delicious homemade jams and sorbets.
The most unique and prestigious wine is called Sciachetrà: made with dried grapes grown in the vineyards of Cinque Terre, it is a sweet wine, somewhat like a liqueur. It blends in very well with desserts!
It has the D.O.C. (Denominazione di origine controllata) quality label, just like the other famous local wine, known simply as Cinque Terre. Apart from enjoying wine during lunch or dinner,
you can learn about the ancient tradition of heroic viticulture with a vineyard visit and guided wine tasting.