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From the mussels-farm to the table: a traditional food experience

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Departure place: La Spezia
Notes: Tour available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Tour available from 15/03/2018 to 31/10/2018

From the mussels-farm to the table: a traditional food experience

A special experience that will allow you to discover the secrets of a traditional activity, the mussel-farming, and to taste a delicious dish with fresh harvested seafood. The richness of plankton, the quiet and not too salted waters, make the Gulf of La Spezia the ideal place for mussels cultivation. An indigenous work, handed down from father to son, made by repeating gestures, with the maintenance of the farming, the mussels harvest and the day (not less than 24 hours) necessary for their purification, after that the seafood is ready for the kitchen.

The excursion starts each Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning from Mirabello harbour in La Spezia: you will get on board of a former wooden fishing boat, which will bring you to the sea between Porto Venere and the Palmaria island, where mussel-farms (locally named ‘muscoli’) are located.

There, along with the mollusc farmers, you will observe how they are cultivated throughout the year. Then, you can actively participate to the harvest of mussels. At the end of the excursion, the mollusc farmers will cook for you a delicious dish of spaghetti and ‘muscoli’ on board, that you will taste with a good glass of wine produced in the area.

Tour available from March, 15th to October 31th, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Meeting point: Mirabello harbor, La Spezia
Duration: about 4h
Participants: from 6 (minimum) to 30
Price per person: € 75
Departure: 10.30 AM
Return: 2.30 PM

The excursion includes the presence of an expert mussels farmer, lunch on board based on “muscoli” and wine from Cinque Terre

To bring with you: sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, camera and, depending on the weather conditions, also an extra jersey or a wind jacket.

The tour can be organized in Italian or English, depending on the participants.

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